I haven’t been writing a lot lately. There is so much chaos in the world I can’t see the point. I’m struggling to say something with any value or meaning. I’m afraid I’m losing hope. Hope that we even want to have a discourse any longer.
As I review many of my recent posts, I noticed my tone is changing, becoming more argumentative and combative. This was not my original intent when I started this site a few months back. At that time my goal was to write with more frequency; about anything that might interest me. Write for writing’s sake. I didn’t care about followers, email lists, or any such nonsense. I still don’t. If anyone happens to read my stuff, I definitely value their comments and criticisms. As long as they are constructive, they help me write better. Ultimately, that’s my goal. I’m not afraid if anyone thinks my writing sucks. Hell, I think it sucks most of the time. When I started this experiment, I was in a creative nadir. I knew I was starting at the bottom. There is nowhere to go but up.
But my goal was to write about positive topics; places we’ve been, things we have seen, wines we have enjoyed, lessons I have learned. But in a world that seems to be falling apart, piece by piece, every day, those things seem superficial and irrelevant. We have a country and world in conflict. Tweetstorms, cabinet re-shufflings, and failed initiatives dominate our airwaves. Rumors of collusion and even treason are whispered in the halls of our nation’s capital.
For a while, I tried to stay away from it all. I wanted to remain quiet to give cooler heads a chance to prevail. But that is not happening. Eventually, I got sucked in just like everyone else. Not that I’m surprised. I’m a fairly intelligent person with strong opinions and values. I have definitive ideas of right and wrong, same as most people. And of course, I feel strongly that when good people remain silent, evil triumphs. So I spoke up.
So, what do I do now? Do I continue to rage against the “Man”? Does my voice join the millions of others in the country that espouse my beliefs while attempting to shout down the other side? No. I will not.
Don’t get me wrong, I WILL continue to denounce offensive rhetoric when I hear it. I will NOT be silent to the face of injustice, intolerance or oppression. My writing IS me, so it is going to reflect my strongly held beliefs and opinions. However, I am not going to scream. I will not shout over others. No. Instead, I will try to remain calm. I will try to remain positive in this sea of destructive chaos.
Why? Because it’s really the only option. Nothing else will work. Do you want to REALLY make America great again? Start by remembering the positive; we are all fellow citizens. We are also brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, coworkers, and friends. Don’t let the differences that divide us consume the connections that bind us together. Because if that happens, there is no future and no common purpose.