“May you live interesting times,” states the ancient Chinese curse. Although I think that today we live in times which are more than “interesting.” We face the Russian Bear once again, as well as a China which is not only militarily strong, but also economically dominant. We are in the midst of economic doldrums which have spanned nearly seven years, and we face a political landscape which gets more and more polarized daily. We see a Middle East that is becoming more explosive and threatening as the fervor of religious animosity raises its ugly head all over the world.
Many lash out at the perceived and real threats and become more staunch in their beliefs. Others adapt by ignoring the “real” world and immerse themselves in today’s technologies and live their life as a digital avatar or through the voyerism of social media. It’s much easier to ignore the world, or scream at it than to find ways to address the issues.
My concern is that we as individuals — and as a country — are becoming isolated behind the walls we are fabricating. The solutions are much more complex and require individuals who are willing to see the long-term and accept that the world is no longer what they grew up with.
I hope that over the next 12-18 months as we begin the process of voting for our national leaders, that we become engaged in REAL thinking and analysis and not just repeat the phrases we’ve heard from contemporaries who spin the idealogical mantras of “conservatism” or “liberalism.”
More than ever we need balance in our complex world. Being a moderate shouldn’t be a bad word.