Does not the first generation who must endure the changes to a new world have the hardest time living through it? Will there be any free space left to sit on the ground “and tell sad stories of the death of kings?”
Have you not heard the lament of our resident philosopher, Spinoza? The call to action from our resident documentarian, Chris Pratt? Is this site created by Chris Grotke and Lise LePage as much for the future as it is for the past and present?
What is it about the future we seem to fear so much? Will we all end by “dining on ashes” paralyzed like lumps of coal on a fire?
We have to start somewhere.
Yet, the time is at hand and we do not have what it takes to coalesce our minds and spirit into a reckoning force that cannot be ignored.
But the night is young. In the darkest hours only those who are the bravest will rush in “where angels fear to tread.” Let’s hope that we have not grown so old and inflexible that we who really care caves to our fears and by doing so have outlived our usefulness.
Shall we go “once more into the breach dear friends?” Do we not all belong to the ages?
How long will we “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” before we understand what Abraham Lincoln firmly believed to be true.
Lincoln understood that your two greatest sources of power were polar opposites. Lincoln’s exercise of executive privilege is well documented. And, he was not afraid to use it. But when it came time for him to tell the world, that who among us were his equals, he didn’t choose the judiciary. He did not recognize the legislative branch. Instead, he made a beautifully simple statement that could never be misunderstood by anyone, to wit: a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Here in our northern kingdom, our borders are narrow. Our people are few. Yet we stretch from the Commonwealth at our southern border to the “Her Majesty’s Government” to our north.
Oddly enough, by not being encumbered by population numbers, we few in this singular republic have a greater chance to express collective interests that pioneers change for the many, an interesting communate not shared by many other states.
We have to steer our people of state into the high winds; steady ourselves to turn our bow into the highest waves. There’s no easy way out of this.
Now, you can turn away and abdicate your responsibilities to a higher authority if it makes you feel better.
But what Lincoln was trying say is that we need to turn to ourselves, and, in turning to ourselves, we mean to seek the greater good for the most people.
Lincoln didn’t intend to say that we can form a perfect union.
But what Lincoln did understand is that without “We The People” we the people are left with nothing but the cruelty and injustice of tyranny.
Vidda Crochetta resides in the Wantastiquet River Basin in spirit when not there in the flesh. He is a writer who spends his time thinking about the people, places, words and things tangible to his life’s experiences in a time that matters the most to all living things: real space and time in the sentient organic world.