The United States is a wounded beast, bellowing and thrashing in its death throes. It can inflict tremendous damage, but it cannot recover (emphasis added).
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
#30 / Hold Your Horses II
I confess to a "gloom and doom" tendency. As I look around the world, I am quick to spot the problem areas! Still, I refuse to extrapolate from now to the worst case. In every moment, possibility awaits. Our human world is a world we create.
Predictions are always based on the idea that what now exists, and is now happening, is inevitably going to define our future. On Monday, January 28th, I made clear how much I disagreed with a prediction that our current president was certain to lose his reelection bid in 2020 (presuming he decides to make one, which is likely but not yet confirmed). Yesterday, I pointed out the value of the "supersaturated solution metaphor" as a way to understand how surprising political changes may happen overnight.
Today, I am impelled to call out Chris Hedges for an unconscionable determinism. I love Chris Hedges, particularly as he speaks out against the "American Empire." Hedges' "gloom and doom" perspective on national issues often echoes my own. However, I just can't go with Hedges when he says the following, in a column posted to Truthdig, called "The World To Come":
Hold your horses, Chris. Analysis should lead to action, not submission to a predicted fate. Let's never deny, in the throes of our outraged description of what exists now, and where it's heading, our ability to do something new and unexpected!