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How It Stands

Nick Englehart

Posted on May 31, 2020 04:52

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A lot of us are at our ends. Whatever that means for the individual, it is important to remember that we are never just ourselves. Our lives are shaped by the people and events that inhabit them.

I’ve been sighing a lot lately. Deep involuntary sighs that sneak up on me. Maybe I should be excited that I can still be shocked. Not only shocked but shocked so deeply that it causes air to escape from my body. When I feel lost I try to analyze the situation as if I were forty years older and looking back at my actions. Will I think I was just a silly kid? Will I be proud? Will I be disappointed?

I like to think about how my grandkids might imagine me reading their class history books. I used to think about my grandparents and what they were doing during Selma. When pictures of police setting dogs on children appeared before me for the first time. How did they feel when Nixon burgled the DNC or the Reagan administration sold arms to Iran. I want to make sure that when my grandkids see events from today, their first thought isn’t that I did nothing.

This is no longer a discussion of politics. Within that word lies nuance and specificity. Decisions made after long debate for problems with multifaceted solutions. Our long societal 'experiment' presents us with very clear answers. The decision we are faced with now is if we can live with ourselves if we keep ignoring those answers. If we can keep ignoring real people.

You may not live in Minneapolis, you may not be sick, you may not be black, you may not use social media, you may not be a member of the free press, but at some level, all of these things are a part of your life. The events that unfold for people who do fit those qualifications have shaped your identity.

The issues of today have transcended politics. They have abandoned civility. They have traveled far past any idea of party, class, or status. The imminent, burdening, and important question is what do you believe to be right? We are far past the machinations and explanations of thinkers long past dead. We are far past talking heads that blabber constant fear. We are faced with simple questions. How do we want to treat each other? How can we see our unfamiliar neighbors and our loved ones with equal compassion? How much can you accept? Simple questions with difficult answers.

It can be hard to wake up every day. To live in a system that just accepts, because change is often too hard. It’s easy to wake up and say this place is worse and move on. Those things that cause pain do not affect me. I can go on living as if nothing has changed. To do that would be easy.

We are at an impasse of our own humanity. We all have to decide what people we truly want to be and realize those decisions have a greater impact on the world than we’d expect. I’ve been sighing a lot lately. I’ve also been crying a lot lately.

Nick Englehart

Posted on May 31, 2020 04:52

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