The Times We Have Made

The most difficult year since 9/11 is over, but the world seems to continue to deliver a steady stream of gut punches. The most recent of these is the unfathomably violent, vulgar and seditious actions by pro-Trump supporters in our nation’s capital.

There is good news, however…

  • Abby received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine along with 1000 others in her age group yesterday at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex. For most of 2020, my biggest worry about the pandemic has been bringing it home to her and her fragile immune system.
  • I am teaching photography again.
  • The protests appear to be over, and congress certified the Electoral College votes.

I and many around me were deeply troubled by the protests in Washington. I can’t speak for others, but for me the most disturbing notion is how eager some people are to throw out the constitution in the name of Trump. It resonates so closely with the events in Germany in 1933, and it sounds like a cliché to compare anyone to Hitler, but the parallels are too real to ignore.

In defense of the Right, the vice president and the senate majority leader, both Republicans, stood against the mob and the president to certify the election results. Even a very right-wing acquaintance of mine posted on social media to the mob: “At easy, assholes!”

Is this really the world we have made? Have we built this glistening tower of technology just to descend into ignorance and bloodshed? Imagine what we could do with the internet and global connectivity if we applied it to exploration, science, health, and medicine.

My thoughts on this are incomplete, so I will just leave this hear and see if anyone comments.

Abby receives her first COVID-19 vaccination yesterday, an mRNA vaccine from Moderna. Despite the appalling rumors and conspiracy theories, mostly from the right, about the vaccine being evil, it really is the only way we can get our world back to normal.
Abby receives her first COVID-19 vaccination yesterday, an mRNA vaccine from Moderna. Despite the appalling rumors and conspiracy theories, mostly from the right, about the vaccine being evil, it really is the only way we can get our world back to normal.

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  1. “Imagine what we could do with the internet and global connectivity if we applied it to exploration, science, health, and medicine.”

    I think along these lines fairly often. And I’m reminded of the movie quote “we have the technology” – in the sense that we have the capability to do so much more. Yet it seems we’re forced to spend a lot of effort preventing backsliding into some sort of dark ages.

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