Distance, geographical, and intellectual – our world is a close as a click, as an on switch.
Yes, we substitute viewing for seeing, listening for understanding, talking about things as substitute for understanding – while noisy people in living room boxes out-yell, out-tell who among them should be trusted, busted?
Headlines sell point of view, but vision and understanding aren’t gleaned …
We’ve come far, but not moved much. We live close to home. Most of us, not far from where we’ve been born, lived our lives – within region, within country, our corner of earth. If we had sufficient money and time most of us would not go where trouble is to do something about it.
Most of us travel a little, but mostly not much, not far. We glean knowledge from others, from pointing, clicking and conversations about headlines. Too often, too sadly, we read DEADlines and say, ‘ah, isn’t that too bad?’ He’s from here. I don’t know why he died. In a day, it will be yesterday’s news.
Can we know, can we care, can we do anything?
Voyeurs, we don’t make time to learn enough to outguess, outflank or out-argue those who make decisions on our behalf or root out bad guys.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 3C/38F, calm, cloudy – with moon peeking through, Gusta got a whiff of something powerful – but my early-schedule meant I had to reign her in and head back home. Given her pulling I suspect there were night-prowling deer down the street …