Ponderous Questions to Ponder
I didn’t write much in 2020. I never felt like I had enough wisdom to write insightfully about anything important and I lacked the proper frame of mind to write light and witty.
I wish I had the gift of someone like Dave Chappelle who can cut to the quick and make you laugh simultaneously. I don’t.
I’m not sure I feel any wiser or funnier at the moment, but it’s a new year so it can’t hurt to make a new effort.
Last year was hard. Devastating, actually.
This year felt more hopeful, but the hope was fragile, at best, and was swiftly and seriously damaged by the events that took place in D.C. on Wednesday.
As always, I find myself responding to tragic events by questioning everything in hopes of gaining some understanding. This is the bane of my psyche. The need to understand things.
Looking for answers starts with questions, so I want to share some that have been on my mind, not in an attempt to explain them or provide answers, but just to get them out of my head and onto the page. Give them some light.
These are some of the questions that the events of the past year have brought to mind:
- When did condemning violence become a political exercise instead of a moral obligation?
- At what point did we choose to not just edit truth but to abandon it to fit our purposes? Or has it always been so?
- Why do we fear paying higher taxes for universal healthcare more than we fear losing everything in the event of a debilitating accident or serious illness?
- What do we gain by perpetuating national myths about American exceptionalism in the face of massive fails that threaten to rend the fabric of our society and threaten our democracy?
- Why did the folks who thought they were going to save American democracy this week dress and act like characters from:
- A. The Beverly Hillbillies
- B. Call of Duty
- C. A Midsomer Night’s Dream
- When was Dumb and Dumber elevated from adolescent dumbass comedy into inspirational historical fiction?
- Is South Park inspired by Satan or is it legitimate social commentary?
- Can you serve God and Money or is it God or Money? Ditto the NRA.
- What is more authoritarian, condemnation and punishment of the press, political opponents and dissenters, or collecting taxes to fund a more fair and equitable system of government for everyone?
- What isn’t Fascist about politicians, voters and media personalities requiring police protection due to threats of violence and even death at the hands of militant militia members?
- Can we even discuss or debate politics anymore without devolving into demonizing one another, or is it just too much fun the way it is?
- Are you tired of all the drama and chaos yet?
- Are you ready for a change?
Yeah, me too.
Happy New year. Here’s to new efforts to serve, protect and humor each other.
Copyright: 2021 by Ilona Elliott