By Paul Goettlich 22 Nov 2020
I slept so well last night that my car washed itself.
Then I was reminded that I don’t have a car. The dream continued with buying clothes and driving that car in a seemingly perfect little hilly New England village.
Everything in the store was immaculate. Colors all ordered properly in a split complimentary color scheme. Everything was clean and everybody was happily clothed in those muted bright colors. Not really pastels but soft, cozy and unobtrusive to the eyes of the beholder. Like those designed by Martha Stewart, without the baggage of her being a felon.
Every architectural detail accounted for. Nothing out of place. The clothing shop workers all wore the clothes that were on sale. They were extremely friendly as if we’d known each other for our entire lives and had some special insight into my preferences.
And yet nothing was right. I didn’t actually want those clothes. I didn’t want to do what needed to be done to acquire them. And as I drove away from that store, I found I could not get out of the same loop around that perfect little hilly New England village. No matter how I tried to take a different route, it always returned me to the same loop.
Awake now, and having had my breakfast, that dream reminds me of how I attempted so many times to change the course of things around me, only to end up in the same or worse conditions. It seems a perfect metaphor for our fight against the evil rule of Trump. Four years later, we’ve just barely fired him. But he doesn’t go away. And like a bad penny, he’ll continue to plague the universe.
Turn your attention now to the presumed new ruler as he apparently resets back to the past we were trying to make better. Well, at least many of us hoped we could make it better.
And to that point of making it better, I ask, better than what? What is better? What should we strive for? Are we actually willing to give up things that we perceive are required for a decent life? Because everything is so incredibly lopsided and damaged. The playing field (world) is so out of kilter that nobody can actually stand, let alone run with a ball in hand.
As we become increasingly aware that what we want and what we should have are two entirely different things, a process begins in which the dissonance must be relieved. The wishful thinkers among us continue on course, telling themselves that everything will go back to normal, in spite of the fact that normal never had been all too comfy.
We hope that the new occupant of the white house will be kinder and gentler, in spite of their history of supporting antisocial laws and behavior. We hope that the Good Witch will magically transform them and their future actions and rulings into benevolence. We hope that “things” will somehow self-correct without any effort on our own parts and that we can maintain our current vision of normal.
But those visions are fabrications and never were real. The things most humans do today were never sustainable. Number one on the list of unsustainability is reproducing well beyond the capacity of the Earth to sustain us. Logically then, all subsequent actions that are described as sustainable are in fact unsustainable. There is no such thing as sustainable development. It ceased being sustainable thousands of years ago. And again, never actually was sustainable.
Eventually that person presently occupying the white house, as of the day of this writing, will relinquish it to the new occupant. We must not assume that the new occupant has benevolent plans for us all. We must demand that all people must be treated as equals. We must insist that the wealthy pay the same percentage of taxes as those who pay the most. We must remove the status of corporate personhood. Remove the rights of money and gold and belongings. We must recognize that what each of us does affects all others. And, of course and at an absolute minimum, we must undo all that has been undone by Trump with an eye toward making it better than it had been before. Not the same as before. Not just reset. But made to be logical for the good of all life on Earth, not just humans.
There are far too many wrongs that must be righted to list. But without playing an active part in changing things, the new occupant of the white house will assume we’re all good with whatever shite he’s empowered to do for the next four years. ACT NOW. DON’T WAIT.