I am a student of history. While American history has tended to hold the least interest for me, I am not ignorant of it.
World history is part of how I can see all the signs and portents that many see. This country, this culture in its current incarnation, might well be heading for a fall akin to Rome.
Matters were bad enough when it was just Trump and his cronies destroying the environment and various other institutions (like the Department of Education) for their so-called power and financial gain. Then a pandemic swept the country. Instead of acknowledging it and taking the necessary precautions to slow it down — they denied its true danger and pushed for economic gain. Today, we have almost 4.4 million infected and 150,000 dead. Both numbers are still rising.
Those in power to do something about this administration won’t for the same aforementioned power and financial gain. It feels as if this unreasonable, illogical step backward could become permanent.
I know where that fear comes from. We seemed to be making all this amazing progress — and in four years it’s been massively undercut. But I believe this is not where we are going — this is the last gasp of a dying breed.
Go out with a bang or a whimper?
Let’s face a couple of largely indisputable facts, shall we?
White people — if not already outnumbered by most other skin colors and cultures — will be soon.
Women outnumber men — and are done being treated as lessors.
The number of people identifying as Christians in the United States is declining.
The people currently in power or empowered via the Trump Administration and the GOP’s embrace of alt-right, reactionary, faux-religious zealotry, are a dying breed. Their numbers are not growing — they are shrinking.
Yes, they feel emboldened by Trump and his overt racism and sexism — but they are screaming as loud as they can because they know their story is coming to an end.
Right now, they have power and money backing them. But their entire base is built on lies. They have created and continue to create a false narrative that lacks foundation. Collapse is imminent.
Clearly, they are trying to go out with a bang. The war that Trump keeps trying to start — at home or abroad — won’t ignite. Fortunately, no foreign conflicts he and his administration tried to worsen got going. His unmarked super-secret police militia forces are turning non-violent protests violent — but only make him and his administration look worse — save to his base.
I think this attempt to go out with a bang is already all but thwarted. Yes, the coming months are going to be ugly between COVID-19, ongoing unrest, and the election. But their so-called power and influence are going to come for naught on the other side.
The end will be a new beginning
The Democratic Party is massively imperfect. Joe Biden is not a candidate for President to spark a lively debate or generate excitement. But he is the new center-right — because the political right in the United States has strayed a long, long way from center.
Apart from his cultists and the wealthy who are benefitting from his continued power, I think Trump will continue to lose support. The GOP will also lose their hold — and power will shift.
That won’t, by any stretch of the imagination, be the end.
Biden’s entire presidency will likely be about working to restore the nation’s status with the rest of the world — while fixing the damage the current administration has done. The impact from some of this is going to be felt for a couple of decades thanks to some judges appointed during these four years.
And the Democrats will need to work on not destroying one another in the interest of the nation as a whole.
The GOP will still have a hold in certain parts of the country. But if the Dems can avoid infighting and work for the greater good on some key needs — and be less corrupt than those currently in power — that will shift, too. In their current incarnation, I think it won’t be long before the GOP is gone.
Something will emerge to take its place. Maybe that is where the two-party system will collapse. I can’t predict the future — but I can and do believe that it will be better than the present.
I believe this is the last gasp
Why do I believe this? Because I believe that the majority of people in this nation are truly reasonable people. I think more people believe in logic, reason, and science than don’t. When all is said and done, I think people care more about other people than money, power, and similar artifices.
Maybe I really am too much of an optimist. But I believe in the general decency of human beings. To be sure, they can be arrogant, selfish, stupid, entitled, privileged, and foolish. But I think that, overall, most are just scared, confused, uncertain, and turning to leadership where only a vacuum currently sucks.
I cannot deny the sentiment of this line from Men in Black:
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”
But I do know that YOU are a person. You can be smart. That means you can choose for yourself to be reasonable, logical, and to question what you see of reality versus the false narrative.
For every person who is mindful and empowers themselves, they can work to fill the vacuum “people” look towards for leadership. That’s how you overthrow dictators, throw off yolks of oppression, and create a reality that lives up to the words of the Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Let’s adjust that to be more relevant to now:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL are created equal, that they are empowered with certain essential Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, Equality, and the pursuit of achievement.
Does that resonate with you like it does for me?
This time period is surreal. There is so much going on — and we are utterly inundated and overwhelmed with information. But I hold to the idea that it is the last gasp of a dying animal. The death of this animal has it thrashing about and causing a lot of damage in its wake — but die it will.
I believe. Does that make me naïve? Foolish? Stupid? I can’t deny that it might. However, I believe that consciousness creates reality. As such, I will not hold onto a reality that I very much don’t wish to develop.
Collective consciousness makes reality. If you do not want to see a potentially dark and dismal future — create a vision of a better one. See the potential, the possibility, and all the things that could help shape today into a better tomorrow.
You are empowered to make your life how you desire it to be. Make use of your power and practice mindfulness to be aware of your conscious self. That’s a big step into finding and/or creating things to believe in.
There is too much at stake to give up. I have more than just hope. It is my faith that better can be found and/or created out of the now. I think what we are seeing is the last gasp of a dying animal. Though painful, infuriating, uncertain, and scary — it’s a good thing.
Know that you are worthy and deserving of using mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done our thoughts, feelings, and actions matter, as does who we consciously create reality amid current world circumstances.