Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Driving Ms. Crazy

Son, they say there isn’t any royalty in this country,
but do you want me to tell you how to be king of the United States? 
Just fall through the hole in a privy and come out smelling like a rose.
~Kurt Vonnegut

Our American political climate has deteriorated so thoroughly that global warnings from prominent, well-respected sources are daily occurrences. Of course, I have some ideas about why the flames of hatred have risen so high, about the reasons so many Americans fear unknown, unnamed others and, rather than seek comity, choose to overcome their sense of futility and ineptness by brandishing firearms and spewing hatred.

I found it easy to be engaged in the news surrounding the first few months of the three-ring circus leading up to the “choice” people from the two major parties.

Lately I feel as though I have to protect myself, my mind, my being, from becoming exactly what I’ve worked so hard for so many years to NOT become: cynical, suspicious and angry.

In order to deflect, I’m drawing more into myself—becoming more introspective—while also surrounding myself with what I love and whom I love. I can never be the “Pollyanna” person I always felt my mother personified, but I also can never be the gloom and doom character my father often presented to his family. 

File:No handkerchief, when you need it.jpgYears ago, I convinced myself I could embody the better characteristics of both parents: it’s often helpful to look on the bright side of life and it’s definitely a bonus when one has the ability to temper that with a bit of skepticism.

I look outside and see semi-white clouds and rays of sunshine glinting off golden and russet autumn leaves. The beauty of fall—but there’s rain in the forecast.

So, as I “drive” along this particular highway filled with crazy political potholes, I know there's always the chance I'll be side-swiped or caught unaware. I'll likely stay a bit to the left, closer to the middle of the road.  

All of us who are concerned for peace 
and triumph of reason and justice
must be keenly aware how small an influence 
reason and honest good will exert 
upon events in the political field. 
~Albert Einstein

[graphic Wikimedia Commons]