by Mike Meyer ~Honolulu ~ November 25, 2020
Let’s hope it is a quiet Thanksgiving. There should be nothing but virtual gatherings, and next Thanksgiving might be much better. Unfortunately, we are stuck with the Trumpist’s commitment to death. Given the nature of feudal cults, I suspect they would be demanding sickness and death even if Trump won and reveling in both.
But on a personal note, I really don’t want this pandemic to end if nothing has been learned. While my family has been lucky and privileged with the right kind of jobs for online transition and adequate education to know what is real, everyone is tired of staying at home. This is particularly true of the grandkids who are missing a major part of their lives with minimal social interaction. But the alternatives or worse.
Even with the combined political and economic disasters in America, forcing the people who still have jobs into high-risk activities to keep living and eating, we have cut down on carbon emissions and pollution. Though the stress of staying home is hard for many, many others have found a new appreciation for time to live, talk, and cook with and for our immediate families.
For those with occupations, income, adequate living space, unlimited high-speed internet access, and enough intelligent devices to go with some skills in cooking and housekeeping, this is as good as I’ve ever known it to be. The last ten months have been eye-opening for much of the population that had just accepted high-speed commercial craziness as normal. For many of us, that will never be normal again.
This is all part of the great shattering in 2020 of post-modern culture. Our civilization was broken and crumbling, but now it is in pieces that need to be carefully sorted, inspected, and discarded or placed into a new arrangement. Many of these newly shattered pieces have sharp edges, so they must be handled with care, and many of us have found many pieces are not part of anything that we need in the future. And things are simpler and cleaner now.
This is breathtaking as something to be thankful for, even at the price we are paying. That this is being realized only by a percentage of the population is also clearly criminal. This cannot be tolerated.
The list of things needed during this pandemic isolation is far greater than food, living space, healthcare, and personal security that most modern societies have as rights are still missing for a large part of the US population. Now add the extra personal space, technology, and accouterments of the 21st-century networked life. The US's failure to provide even stated rights for a significant part of our population is an indictment based on shame.
What don’t need and have been able to do without clarifying that there should be no one without the option and time to pick through and reorganize the pieces of their lives for a better configuration. We all know that is what must happen as our climate fails us, but with a correct allocation of resources, this process can be meditative and rewarding.
Many of us have had a chance to clean out our life closets and choose what to give to others, what to discard, and what to keep. That should not be a privilege, but a normal aspect of modern life required our desperation in the climate crisis.
We need to spread the wealth and gain all of our people's perspective as we face growing challenges. Then we can work for a whole planet of thankfulness in the future.