I typically do some kind of New Year’s post in early January. Usually, it’s a long self-righteous rant about how screwed up and absurd we have become. 2022 is not looking any better. In fact it looks worse. Hope is starting to fade, and I fret now about our future more than I have in the past. Is this simply part of growing old cynically?
I no longer fully believe that what is right and true will ultimately win over. We are damaged goods losing ground to a loud vocal minority of hypocrites, white supremacists, anti vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, climate change deniers, and unscrupulous corporations and politicians.
Much of what we are seeing is the result of the failure of the Occupy movement to gain momentum back in 2011 when, after a few months of meaningful protests, they were served mass eviction notices and arrests by police officers with clubs and tear gas. That mass eviction showed who is really in charge, and it’s not the people. We live in a police state in many ways – one manipulated by a government corrupted by money flows bolstered with the passage of Citizens United in 2010, which gave wealthy corporations and monied interest groups even more outsized influence on the outcomes of elections than they already had too much of. Now we are seeing this kind of influence trying to restrict voting in states across the country.
So here we are entering the year 2022 in a state of mass confusion as the Omicron variant rages across the land. Our nation’s workforce is appealing for skilled and conscientious workers who have dropped out in what’s being referred to as “The Great Resignation”; climate change has still not been appropriated the level of funding and acceptance needed by all of us to help alleviate the inevitable destruction of our planet; and we have a political party that is still supporting a narcissistic madman who nearly destroyed the will of the people who legally voted him out of office and is still trying to destroy the will of the people for future elections.
Yes, we can hunker down in our cocoons and survive, but what of the future? Are we aiming our arrows toward a better tomorrow? I think not, at least not yet, and we all seem to be moving at a snail’s pace. Frankly, I think we are overtired and losing our willingness to take on the “I’m-mad-as-hell-and-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” mindset that is needed to correct the sinking ship we are sailing.
We need to get organized around a leader we can trust (unfortunately it does not seem to be Biden - but there is some hope there - and it is surely not 45). Someone needs to come out of the woodwork, so to speak, to lead the good people who demand positive change and ultimately shun and diminish the credibility of the purveyors of hate, hypocrisy, and false conspiracy theories.
Meanwhile, we all have to stay sane and mentally healthy. Some of the best practices I have picked up for achieving some semblance of sanity and well-being include mindfulness (staying in and enjoying the present more often – after all, I have everything I need); less watching of the news (even though it’s important to keep up with what’s going on, it does not have to be a daily affair); paying closer attention to my eating and sleeping habits (started an intermittent fasting routine, for instance); and working more productively (more focus on what’s most meaningful and purposeful to me and others who happen to read what I write, and conducting the appropriate amount of research to compose articles and essays that have substance and truth-based facts). Those are my marching orders for 2022.
With that, I’ll close this post and wish everyone a great year. Let me know anytime what you are thinking about and feel free to suggest topics of interest you’d like to see me cover in future issues.
Thanks for stopping by,