Politics

Movement

Be wary of those afraid of movement.  Take notice of the fear that drives them.

Walls are built by people who wish to keep what they have by staying still.

Those in motion have no need for them.

The desire for a static reality, one where everything is in place for all time, isn’t new. It’s just not been the policy of our people until now. Asimov wrote about it in a book about robots fifty years before the internet:

“They— fundamentalists—were not a political party; they made pretense to no formal religion. Essentially they were those who had not adapted themselves to what had once been called the Atomic Age, in the days when atoms were a novelty. Actually, they were the Simple-Lifers, hungering after a life, which to those who lived it had probably appeared not so Simple, and who had been, therefore, Simple-Lifers themselves.”

Americans are not Simple-Lifers. We are people in motion. We are world beaters. Industry leaders. Breakers of sound barriers and gravity and illness.

At least we were.

What I’ve sacrificed for our fearless culture of inclusion, mobility and progress was more than most. I’ve been to the “shittholes” of this planet. I’ve lived there. I’ve felt the dirt under my feet; the same dirt we have here. I’ve seen men and women and children living through unimaginable suffering; the same men and women and children we have here, less the suffering.

They weren’t at some lesser place; a place of diminished value with diminished people. They were simply, at the start.

Once, America was the destination. We were once, “the last best hope on earth.”

Now we’re a doughy, scared mass of abundance. Anchored behind our ideological walls, waiting for the stone ones to save us.

Moving no more.

There’s no hiding from the movement though. We can wall it off. We can keep what we have. But the world always moves. And one day, soon, maybe it already has, it will move past us. To other places where the courage to move still lives.

And then, we will be great no more.

 

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  1. “Once, America was the destination. We were once, “the last best hope on earth.”

    Once, America was not America. Many people, who are now Americans (myself included) came to this land and slaughtered the peoples who considered this land their home.

    I’ve always had a problem with that.

    War is never a good thing. As Alice Walker says, “War eats everything…”.

    Please read her book, “Why War Is Never A Good Idea”.

    Trump has set a budget with more billions of tax dollars for the military. Soon, very many will not want to come to America. Many even now have gone to other countries to live. We will NOT see America as “the last best hope on earth.”

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  2. As someone living in southetn Africa, I can affirm and celebrate that here movement forward is the definition of economic and political and social reality. Despite stumbles and pauses, we are on the move…forward.

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  3. This president may be a historical low, but his bullshit is nothing new.

    From Bernard Bailyn’s “The Peopling of British North America” talking about New Englanders here before 1700:
    “Change was everywhere, together with confusion and controversy… [The] Puritan world whose inner spirit, once powerfully creative and fearless, had survived into a third generation in a faded and defensive form… The first generation’s accomplishments had been products of passionate striving in an atmosphere of fear and desperation; but to their children the founders’ world was an inheritance they were born into…
    The third generation… were dull, rather rustic provincials… In these isolated but associated communities lived a population of austere and prolific country folk, pious without passion, ambitious for worldly things, yet still attuned to the appeal of their ancestor’s spiritual quests, still aware of, and to some extent unified by, a distinctive cultural heritage.”

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