We grew up the same
Eating and shopping in the same places
Supporting the same teams (mostly, despite some friendly rivalries)
Saluting the same flag
So when did we change?
When did we divide?
What makes us so angry?
Do you have enough food, clothing, shelter?
Are you living in the woods and eating out of a dumpster?
So why the angst?
What would it take to be on the same page, united in a common goal?
911 didn’t unite
Covid didn’t unite
Global warming/climate change doesn’t unite.
Do we need an alien invasion to pull us together?
And I’m not speaking of refugee aliens around which we certainly do not unite.
If outer space aliens invaded, would we blame it on the democrats, the liberals, the republicans, the conservatives?
Maybe aliens would see our dissension as an opportunity to divide and conquer. Then again, maybe they would just pass us over letting our animosities dissolve us without their intervention. Maybe they would assume we’re too divided and insignificant to conquer, exclaiming “there’s no intelligent life down there”.
Sadly, the way we are behaving and thinking, they may be right.
So what’s been your experience?
Who is now a stranger who used to be your friend? What socio-political-cultural influences precipitated the transition?
I’m looking for feedback to make sense of the current societal, dysfunctiona climate and I’m researching for my upcoming menoir entitled EXIT INTERVIEW: Reflections on family, friends and acquaintances.