By karen Macklin : 48hills – excerpt
Examined Life: It feels like the future of our world hangs in the balance—but our humanity need not.
I was awake late on the evening of Thursday, October 1, when I found out the 45th President of the United States had tested positive for COVID. I was up because, like many of you, I’ve been having trouble sleeping during these mind-bending times of political turmoil and social unrest, wildfires and super storms, and overwhelming uncertainty in the face of a mishandled pandemic…
For four years, many have suffered increased racism (which sympathetic white people can;t just wish away with an election), or wondered if, at any moment, we might soon lose our health insurance, our right to live in this country, or our right to marry the person we love. In the last seven months, many of us have also lost our work, our homes, the lives of people that we love, and our ability to make art—or even plans for the future. This week, we watched the criminal hijacking of the Supreme Court. Do we have a right to our anger? Hell, yes we do.
But we also have a right—a profound right—to our humanity.
Here we are again, watching the speeding train. Heart racing, hands sweaty, praying for the right type of ending. Perhaps, at this point, we can’t help but hang our nail-biting hopes for democracy on the results of the election. But our humanity needn’t hang in the balance, too. When we choose not to be reduced, we realize that, regardless of conditions, our humanity is, and always has been, the one thing that is ours to keep…(more)
Just received news yesterday on the passing of some family members. One was a medical care worker who contacted COVID-19. I guess before this is over many of us will have some similar news. It is important to remember that the life is the thing we all can share for a while and that we need to make the most of our time while we have it. Peace and stay safe for yourself and your loved ones.