Friday, May 5, 2017

We Have Lost Our Humanity, but We Can--and Will--Reclaim It

What kind of world do we want to leave to our children?

It’s almost trite to ask a question that every generation has confronted, albeit in different ways, at different times in human history. But now it’s our turn, and all we know is the life we live and the time in which we’re living it, so finding an answer feels more urgent than ever.

Those of us born in the 70’s and 80’s are coming into the peak bloom of our careers and adult lives. None of us has yet had the chance to lead this country, but one of us will, and soon. And if we have children, or know any, we are probably thinking about this question more and more with each passing day.

I know I am.

If you have an ounce of social conscience and are willing to stop and think for even a minute, you can’t help but feel demoralized by what the rise of Trumpism has wrought on America and around the globe.

It’s an ethos whose signature feature is a shocking lack of empathy. At its root, it is characterized by an “every white man for himself” mentality that tolerates and promotes hate; glorifies greed; celebrates ignorance; ossifies social divisions through sinister, eugenicist lies about race, gender, sexuality, and ability; dooms us to an uninhabitable planet; and perpetuates the myth of meritocracy-in-a-vacuum, devoid of privilege. 

Ultimately, it robs us of our most adaptive and altruistic social instincts, while elevating our most wretched impulses.

We saw the culmination of it yesterday, when a cabal of mostly white, middle-aged men—people whose only job is to guard our civic well-being—voted to strip 24 million fellow human beings of their basic healthcare and dignity.

Exempting themselves from the death sentence they gleefully handed down to others, they drank and celebrated nothing short of administrative murder, passing along the savings to their corporate overlords. It would be criminal, of course, if these weren’t the same people who make our laws to begin with.

The good news is that we are better than this. True leaders know that. They walk among us right now, electric with potential. With time, they will reveal themselves, and we all have a role to play; if not in being one of them, then in helping them, and in turn ourselves, reclaim the best of what makes us human.

I’m all in. Are you?


1 comment:

  1. FYI: Just for the record: they took a vote (unanimous) that AHCA would apply to Congress, before the very close vote to pass AHCA.
    Not that it makes this POS any better, or less evil or morally bankrupt.
    But, if it became law as is (which it wont) Congress would also be under it's rule.

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