We are passing through the final days of a great ordeal of fire, and it appears our national institutions have held, and that it’s going to be all right again. Well, it will be all right for a while, anyway, till the next demagogue comes along to tap the evil energies that surge through our society.
But with love and luck and will, we now have another, better chance to address the persistent haunting inheritance of the slave system, and the other monstrous inequalities of our society, and our world. Imagine all the people, living life in peace, and everyone with enough of everything necessary.
Our ordeal has been more dire than Nixon’s attempt to hijack our democracy 50 years ago, and since the early 1990s, made darker, and more protracted, by talk radio, and other forces that divide us, like cable TV, and social media that all help us perfect our preferences, and that, falsely help us feel safe in our silos. We have lost a lot of unifying social structures, and we need more of them.
This past–and I think last–year of the Trumpism threat has been made much more difficult by COVID-19, but we can say that for all its horror and strain, it helped expose the incompetence and corruption of the Administration. In that sense the plague has been a blessing in god-awful disguise, saving us from ourselves perhaps.
So let’s try again, early now in the New Year, with clear eyes and good cheer, intent on making stronger connections to each other, and, as always, maintaining eternally vigilance.
Happy New Year,
Rev. Leland Bond-Upson