a reply to: strongfp
''The danger is, this time, when we go down, the entire planet goes down with us.''
This jumped out at me. There IS no place to run. For me, the hackneyed old slogan ''we are all in this together'' is not just some pie in the sky feel
good new age mantra, it's reality.
''empathy is seen as weakness''
For me, empathy and compassion go hand in hand and seem to be a crux point for us as individuals in our growth AS individuals. Years ago I noticed how
empathy and compassion were, by some, given a pejorative label of ''bleeding heart, how empathy for the plight of down trodden races became ''white
''They know it's coming.''
Oh boy do they ever.
''You can't talk about hope if you can't see reality, and reality is pretty bleak''
But what do we have left? Hope. Hope that Biden and company will put us back on course after that last dead end road we took. That Trump is the
central figure for an American Renaissance. Both are ludicrous from the stand point of reality as Hedges views it.
In his presentation here he seems more collected than he did when I lost track of him several years ago. He seems more resigned now than he did then,
Back then he seemed frantic. I think that for a long time he had ''hope'' and struggled to keep it central to his life in the face of mounting
evidence that it was futile. Now, from that video, he almost seems detached, as nothing more than a chronicler instead of a teacher or motivator.
I was a vociferous reader years ago, taking my own courses in the study of me, of us, of the whole megillah. I spent several years on the topic of
collapse. Somewhere along the line I just gave it up realizing that any body or pool of information I might acquire would be meaningless on any scale
beyond myself and my immediate surroundings. So much of what was being published just seemed to be reiteration.
I did however pick up one book recently that acted like a key to understanding the seemingly random aspects of what I have seen going on around us. I
picked it up and could not put it down until I finished.
By historian Kurt Anderson '' How America Went Haywire'' chronicles the ''magical'' thinking tha spurred a lot of the compulsion to set sail for the
new world 500 years ago and now this has motivated much of our course over the years. That this ''magical'' thinking has permeated our society and now
especially in the last 100 years has been driven by Hollywood and the vaster ''entertainment industrial complex. Like a number of scenes from the
video you offered of people in cartoon character costumes and everyone out for spectacle.
The beauty of the book is it is a take down on both those who think of themselves on the left as those who think of themselves on the right. Both
following and fighting over fantasies.