“Ch-ch-ch-changes… Just gonna have to be a different man” - David Bowie
The world is going through immense changes. Even as you read this, and the seismic shift you feel on the Richter Scale of life was not just a tremor. It was tectonic.
But here’s a little advice from someone who watches society closely as an observer of the “little things” that make up day-to-day existence for Americans. I’m used to dissecting the small stuff to find humor and laughter that reach a broad spectrum of people. I don’t need to call on that skill these days. Nothing is nuanced; we all know what’s going on.
So here’s the advice: the changes are not what’s important.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS HOW WE REACT
TO THESE CHANGES,
FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY WHAT WE DO
IN LIGHT OF THOSE CHANGES.
How do we, as American citizens, deal with what is going on? Regardless where you stand on the “issues” (what a stupid word - defined as “a matter that is in dispute” - which today means commenting on what you’re watching on YouTube or wearing for clothing, as in: “Look at Fiona. She has a major shoe issue don’t you think?”), the act or the laws are not where the change is going to take place.
The real quaesitum, (now there’s a word for you! Spellcheck doesn’t even know what it means! I could have used “objective” or “solution” but quaesitum is EXACTLY the word I wanted - if we’re gonna go through major societal upheaval, I’m gonna start by using every word in the language I can think of! How ya like me now, social order?), as I was saying, the real quaesitum is how we deal with what is going on around us.
Put another way: THE ANSWER IS - THE ANSWER CHANGES.
Let’s be honest: the changes are historic and mind-blowing. So the jokes are literally writing themselves. And I’m not just talking about the Supreme Court’s decisions, or the political leap to the far left-wing side of the spectrum. Or even the right-wings myriad attempts to hold on to whatever the word “traditional” means (just writing the word “traditional” makes me think of words like “Kodak,” or “typewriter” or a phrase like, “time to rest the horses”).
The real deal is that nine robed people in Washington, D.C. don’t make history. Neither do the politicians who are so quick to call their “accomplishments” historic.
People - like you - are the ones who make history. And history happens when there is change. History is the way we handle change.
Self-driving cars? Drones delivering your package from amazon.com
and spying on your neighbor? How long until you’re driving down the road and you’re speeding. A drone flies over you and texts you a message that appears on your windshield: “YOU HAVE BEEN CAUGHT SPEEDING. PLEASE SLOW DOWN. PLEAD GUILTY NOW AND PAY $200 AND ONLY ONE POINT WILL BE ASSESSED TO YOUR LICENSE.” So you click on the bright red “pay” button on your steering wheel, and the drone policeman gets the last $200 in your checking account.
Either that or you reach under your seat, grab one of the stones you have secreted there for just such an occasion, open your driver side window and hit the brakes. The drone circles around and hovers just outside your window, and you throw a perfect strike into the guidance system on the nose of the craft, sending it reeling out of control up and backwards to crash land on the embankment behind as you drive off ticketless and free!
“What immense innovations are being wrought all around us now… how can artists portray it all with the old means of art?” - Bertolt Brecht
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