There are days and weeks - like this week, it seems - where I go through a sort of general sense of hopelessness about the future. It just feels as if things are not getting better and have no chance at all of getting better, at least in my lifetime.
It has been said before by others more eloquent than I, but I cannot remember a time where the vitriol of one to another has ever been so high. It is if we have abandoned even the pretense of trying to get along and have become embroiled in a one act monologue where the only subject covered are the idiocies and the meanness of the other side.
It has reached the point where it seems we are not just trying to fray the bounds that bind us together as a society but we are actively tearing them apart as fast as we are able in hopes of....
In hopes of what? That is perhaps the most troubling part of the equation. To anyone who has built a culture, be it business or religious or non-profit or even a club or role-playing group, it is understood how difficult it is to do such a thing. Culture is something that has to be carefully nourished and protected to grow and flourish and then (once existing) has to be weeded and pruned and watered as carefully as any garden. Forget any of these and the cultures begins to die and once dying, is usually very hard to bring back to life.
So I suppose their hopes are to destroy things to the point that something new, something "better" can be built? Utopianism at its finest I suppose - but a simple study of history will demonstrate the perils and usual outcomes of such a thing (check out Nazi Germany Soviet Russia or The Killing Fields of Cambodia or Communist China in its Great Leap Forward or Cultural Revolutions Phases [or even now, really]) for a sense of what "new cultures built on the ruins of the old" actually looks like. It is a bloody, destructive affair that leaves a wake of death and destruction behind it.
The saddest part to me is that I am watching this happening, observer of a slow motion train wreck that is coming down the tracks at me - and all I can do is watch in horrified anticipation as it seems to gain sped.