This is how it’s going to work. I’m going to have thoughts. And then those thoughts will find their way here. So this is a series. Of thoughts. Published randomly. For no reason. Thank you for coming.

Except the dentist

Oh boy.

I have tried to avoid the news these past few days (correction: years.) and it’s not going well. The night of the American election, I told my downcast son, who was really quite downcast, to hold on, the numbers will swing Biden’s way because the votes from the cities needed to be counted. That might be the most correct I’ve been in ages.

Then I was reading about, um, societal collapse (I know, I’m great fun!), because nothing lasts forever and I’ve been wondering what collapse feels like when you’re living it. (all the dystopian fiction and movies assume the collapse — there’s more drama, after all, in survival and in fighting than the detailed accretion that leads to the collapse itself).

Then I read about the death of shopping malls (forever, but accelerated by the plague), combined with the death of retail/department stores/bars/restaurants/offices/ETC ETC. Again, because it’s beautiful out and I’m so much fun.

Given the results of the election, I think pundits and prognosticators of all stripes should take a long walk. In silence. Perhaps feel a little shame. Or find a hobby. Like hosting a Tupperware party on Zoom. Which is a thing.

A few days ago, in reaction to the video of that unhinged dude interrupting a press conference in Nevada, I tweeted that it must be exhausting to be an American.

I kind of take it back. Sure, being an American is exhausting. But being human is exhausting. More and more. And more. Sure, there is much pleasure in our journey. Joy. And sometimes that gets tested. No matter where you live. Or who you are. Some of us, because of where we live, or the amount of money we have, or the color of our skin, are exhausted all the time. And the rest of us should remember that. We need more empathy. A lot more. It sounds naive to even say this. And frankly it sounds, well, dumb. Because empathy is hard when you have dudes screaming about nonsense because their Orange Lord obviously lost an election. Look, it was closer than anyone thought it would be! Pundits!

But empathy — for each other, for nature, for our world — is what might lead us away from the cliff’s edge. Put us on the right path. Away from societal collapse.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Writer. Complainer. I drink bourbon. I have edited media, worked in content and branding and strategy, and chances are I’ll do those things again. @arjunbasu

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