Feelings about the Future of America

My previous post alerted my readers to many essays pointing to the possible forthcoming political crises that may result in a one-party fascist rule. Here now are my own feelings about the destruction of the country.

My first reaction is one of trepidation.  I worry about my children and grandchildren living in an increasingly fascist and violent state. No one is safe from unjustly wielded power, including all the sycophants who cozy up to it. Have the never heard of purges!

My next feeling is impotence. I’m relatively powerless against the forces that move the world, as is the rest of humanity. Yes, I know that’s how the powerful want you to feel, but demonstrations aren’t particularly effective against tanks.

Next, I feel overwhelming impotence. I live on a planet hurtling through the vastness of dark, cold, inhospitable space. How fragile it all is and how careless are so many with the ecosystem that sustains us. The earth will eventually be rendered uninhabitable if we proceed with reckless abandon. This is all so frightening that many find comfort in invisible and imaginary gods. I have no such comfort.

I also feel an acute sadness. I’m devastated by the gap between what the world is and what it could be. So I’m worried, feel relatively powerless, and know that only humanity can save itself—a prospect that seems increasingly unlikely.

In the end, I take comfort only in my ignorance—I can’t predict the future. I do what I can and hope for the best. After all, the universe is a mysterious place and perhaps, if this particular experience in consciousness extinguishes itself, we’ll find ourselves in a parallel and better universe. The universe is probably stranger than we can imagine.

Summing all this up, I’m reminded of what James Fitzjames Stephens taught me long ago:

We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist, through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong road we shall be dashed to pieces. We do not certainly know whether there is any right one. What must we do? ‘Be strong and of a good courage.’ Act for the best, hope for the best, and take what comes … If death ends all, we cannot meet death better.

That’s not much to hang your hat on, but it’s about all we have.

* For more see “Staying Sane in Anxious Times (without being useless)

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4 thoughts on “Feelings about the Future of America

  1. I will not despair. I will continue to look and support those following the light, evident in a thousand daily acts of random kindness, until those living in the dark side of human nature weary and follow. Hopefully. Keep the Faith!

  2. I offer moral support for you Dr Messerly as you try and rationalize the chaos around us, seemingly, without the understanding that we are living through a profound Paradigm shift, change is continual and inexorable, things such as ideas and Rituals which once seemed to possess such strength and vitality eventually come under attack from an unexpected source, the populace is distracted and the old strengths wither and die, not always completely, vestiges may remain as emotionally satisfying rituals but they have no real purpose beyond placating those who cling to them!
    The paradigm shift I refer to is the Rise of Oligarchy as overt and covert Rulers of the Western World, we have ‘Leaders’ yet we know they cannot ‘Lead’ they are missing some quality of Leadership and are ‘Placeholders’ obeying the commands of someone off stage who selected and placed them in their post, and controls their money?
    What is going to happen? No one knows that although there are probably some ‘Planners’ who think they do!
    As a comment on the Last post a readers said; A year from now, I suspect, we’ll all be looking back on these days wondering how things could have gotten so bad, and heaving a sigh of relief that we dodged a fascist bullet. But we’ll also be putting in place some much stronger protections against berserk Presidents.
    It is strange In Canada the people have learned to Hate Trump, in America not so many! But love Him or hate him the stage is set for conflagration, and the past will never be seen again!
    ” a sigh of relief that we dodged a fascist bullet.” By Voting for the candidate the media told us wasn’t a Facist!

    You have a few links to the NYT and the WAPO perhaps this commentator, from six years ago, can offer some insight into where modern Fascism comes from and how we find ourselves here now!


  3. The covid outbreak in the executive branch offers hope; though we don’t want to gloat excessively.
    Still, better that such a fate befell the current administration than any other, and something such as Covid was necessary to bring about the changes that will ensue.

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