No doubt America is in diabolical trouble. Just a year ago I wouldn’t have thought the decline would be so rapid but that’s how evolution works — not gradual changes but most often quick sharp shocks. Covid-19 and the Trumpeter are providing such shocks.
All great civilisations decline — some more rapidly than others. I don’t want to be alarmist but it’s very unsettling to see a great country possibly unravelling in our lifetime. I say possibly because no one can predict the future but you don’t need a crystal ball — just read the signs.
And if you want help with the signs, a recent ‘gone viral’ article in The Rolling Stone Magazine by Wade Davis will do.
He mentions that Canadians are currently living in an apartment above a meth lab, which I think comes from a Robin Williams joke. It’s a funny joke but has a much more piteous ring to it these days.
Over the last 70 years America has created a lot of good will around the world — the shining light on the hill sort of sentiment. I have travelled there over a dozen times and found it to be a magnificent country. A beacon of hope, of strength and unwavering possibilities. But America has squandered much good will by devising a social political meritocratic system that has become so corrupted it no longer functions to serve the people.
Meritocracy has created a system of fear: A fear of missing out; a fear of being trumped (pardon the pun) by our fellow person. When fear takes over, the psyche, the spirit is washed out of our being — it’s like a pressure hose. We all need a good spraying on occasion to remind us of our transgressions but having a perpetual hosing down, day after day, takes a heavy toll.
As a result civil society is breaking down and it doesn’t matter which side you are on. The dog eat dog world is ever more obtrusive. It’s like the collective consciousness of America has a metaphysical hand hovering over the self destruct button.
Pondering on such things I don’t feel angry at the leaders or the establishment but only sadness because I don’t want America to go down the gurgler. There is so much to be thankful for, so much good in the people (and America keeps the world shipping lanes open).
The real scary thing is that if the Republicans lose, the Trumpeter is going to create as much destruction as he can before he leaves — if he does leave. He’s like the spiteful child in the classroom that feels his moment is coming and is planning to set fire to the back of the room on the way out.
But what’s the alternative? The grinding techno military complex that is eating at the soul of America and those caught up in its wake feels pervasive. So whomever becomes president it may not matter — the self-serving corruption has such momentum that it’s hard to see it abating.
What to do?
It’s way too early to be making predictions about the collapse of America but I can’t help but think, if I was living there, it would be in the back of my mind to start preparing to move. Canada, Australia, New Zealand — they would surely be on the list.
In the meantime, when there is mayhem outside, go within and find that peaceful place. Pare back your opinions. Don’t get sucked in to the established fear mongering or the whacky conspiracy theories. There is no need to join in on the shenanigans of the world. Best left alone. Consolidate your power where you are and stay strong in your mind. Most importantly, gather people around who have a gentle heart, are supportive and have the spirit of a respectful, generous life.
My very best to you on our continuing journey