As I read a column from the May 13, 2020, New York Times, I realized that lots of people think that we must, as a nation, and as individuals, now make real and significant change in what has come before, in what we have called "normal," though normal it never really was.
I am referring, specifically, to Roger Cohen's column titled, "No Return to the 'Old Dispensation.'" I am reproducing the column below, since readers might run into a paywall should they try to follow the link. Try the link, certainly, but if you can't get through, you can read what Cohen wrote right here.
I have one observation. If we are serious about wanting to make a change, the kind of change that can save our human world, we must recognize the truth that Cohen proclaims, and admit both that "modernity is a monster" and that we, individually, must change our lives.
We must also heed what Michael Jackson says, in his thrilling song, "Man in the Mirror." He tells it just like Cohen does: "If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change."
Let's replay that message several times!
In T.S. Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi,” the three wise kings, having witnessed the birth of Christ at the end of a long and difficult journey, return home to find themselves “no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation.”