By that, I don’t mean this point in history – in many ways no different than a century ago, or a millennia ago. You might scoff, but people have always thought they were living at the best of times, with the most modern of everything, because we have. We did. We do*.
We will again this year and next year.
And generations to come will have it too – the best world ever, the beneficiaries of all history, the accumulation of all knowledge and better able to thrive as individuals and as a society than ever.
Nothing that has ever been learned before needs to be re-discovered (we know it all, right?), invented, or thought-through again. Yet history’s lessons repeat without sufficient learning and too often without the foresight to see what is coming.
I’m not expecting much this week, or next, in terms of political drama; I’m wary of, and weary of, watching repeated rhetoric from both sides of the political spectrum, of listing to left despising right and of right despising left, and miss-trust of everyone by everyone. Hold it, that’s an exaggeration to make my point, but after a time, we need to put it all on pause for a moment and say que sera, sera. Someone might miss-hear that as making a case for a case of Sera. That too.
*at the moment, amid financial strife, virus fears, and political upheaval – all of which is real and scary, a lot of our fear is in response to the volume being turned up by media, social media, fake media, false media, and everyone attempting to influence us all. The safety of everyone matters. The smartest thing any of us can do right now is to stay safe in every way we know, so we don’t get sick or injured so we might need a hospital – because there is no room there except for the very ill …