Perhaps this question is short-sighted.
This morning I woke up extra early. It is my first day back to school since December 22. It is my first day out of the house in about ten days. When I opened my eyes this morning, I still remembered my dream from last night. I was trying to get to the CVS in my dream. I couldn’t find anyone to take me. I don’t know why, but in the dream, I could not drive by myself. Either way, I was contemplating calling my Pop Pop when my alarm went off. The question that entered my mind in that moment was, “Where do we go from here?”
Seriously, where do we go?
We are sinking into the depressing depths of a pandemic that is sweeping this country. Soon we will be at 400,000 dead. More deaths than soldiers who were killed during the four years of the Civil War. Many more civilians dead than 911, Katrina, and Columbine combined. We didn’t learn anything. As a collective society, we ignored the seething cauldron of hate running under this Country’s surface. We mourned and burned candles. We cried authentic tears of sorrow and changed nothing.
We knew it was there. You only need to remember the iconic Ghostbusters 2 movie which featured a thick pink slime running beneath New York City. This negative ectoplasm fueled the anger and rage as it bubbled and slithered across the town. The amazing part about this slime was that it did not have to be negatively charged. It could just as easily take on the tone of those around it. Happy music and it made a toaster dance and the Statue of Liberty walk. Hateful words and it seethed and sputtered and infected anyone who touched it. It was used to by an evil being to try and bring about the world’s end. We laughed and cheered along with the four good guys as they once again saved their beloved city. Perhaps we recognized that this iconic, luminescent slime is symbolic of the vibrational energy that runs beneath and through every one of our cities and towns, and we changed nothing.
Seriously, what are we going to do now because the answer is not going to be simple or easy this time. They weren’t simple or easy the last hundred times we needed to change, but now it is more apparent than ever that something needs to give.
Yes, we need justice, but we need forgiveness and an opportunity to listen.
Yes, we need vaccines, but we need to put the health of the citizens of this country first.
Yes, we need to change many policies, but we need to look closely at the events that brought us to this place, and we need to deeply acknowledge the pain these events caused so many of our citizens, not just yesterday but every day.
Yes, we need good, solid leaders, but we need leaders who wish to unite and heal as opposed to further divide this country because they feel they know what is best for all of us.
There is serious work to be done, and it could be done in the spirit of love and willingness to change what we can change. To see change as something someone else needs to do will only bring us more harm as a society.