My Dear Friends and Family,
This is the way I feel today when I read about Covid and the political scene. I have written a little playlet featuring two of my favorite Ted Lasso characters. See if you can guess who is who.
“I don’t get it!”
“I’m not sure I understand.”
“Did I hurt your feelings?”
“Please! I really want to know.”
“Grrr…you asked me to put on my mask. Grrr…you asked me if I was vaccinated. Grrr…you are from Venus. I am from Mars. Grrr…”
“Ok! I get that but can’t we still be friends or at least friendly acquaintances.”
And my friends, dats da trut! Gone are the days when you could have friends that agreed to disagree. Today you either agree or, like on a plane someone slaps you and ties you up.
What happened? Here’s my theory. The world is living through the perfect storm. The combination of P&P – politics and pandemic – an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, cyclone beyond the beyond scale of human endurance.
Also, we have been watching and personally witnessing climate change that is the devil’s advocate in this perfect storm.
How much can a human being bear? Every day there are more and more incidents indicating not much more. For me, it’s like watching the thermometer rise on a roiling/boiling cauldron about to explode. Daily, civility takes a back seat to violent eruptions. The other day I drove by a full sized banner on the front of a house that read … first a Mea Culpa: I have abundantly used four letter curse words because they are a release for me of tensions, stress and anger… but I am very careful to use it on and for myself not others, so please excuse what I am going to print out to prove a point… this is what was on the house sized banner,
FUCK YOU BIDEN AND FUCK YOU WHO VOTED FOR HIM
This was on a house in Western Massachusetts illustrating how this virus of vitriolic hate, anger and maniacal behavior is spreading.
I do not want to be discouraged or lose hope. I want to understand what is happening. Here goes!
The human condition is always in survival mode.… aka fight or flight. I also understand that this perfect storm of pandemic and politics has kindled the fire of fight. The level of anger that brings out a banner of cursing HATE is covering an incredible amount of fear. If I scratch whatever I am angry about I find the fear.
Nina Simone says and sings it far better than I could…
O.K.? What then…??? Here’s the tricky part! Patience, faith – and here it comes guys – LOVE in equal measure must be applied to the wound. Easier said than done. I had it all wrong. I thought as long as my fear protected my anger, I could function. In humble gratitude, slowly over the last twenty or thirty years (believe me, we humans are really intellectually and emotionally challenged. Translation: slow to change). However, as I aged, love melted the anger that melted the fear that lived in the house that Sally-Jane built.
Like I said it is not easy… simple, but not easy. The speed of the internet, social media, transportation, make it harder. This is when I yearn for the good old days. Imagine trying to read a newspaper or get to your Twitter or Facebook or Instagram accounts from your Roman litter as you commute to work.
Whatever stories that are hanging fire would have to wait until you got to your office or home. By that time, you might have actually calmed down. Maybe even talked to your litter bearers, asking and sharing thoughts. In other words, no knee jerk reactions that you would find too difficult to apologize for or ask forgiveness for. The human condition has almost no genetic structure for apologies or forgiveness. It’s still evolving. From your mouth to God’s ears. Which reminds me there was this guy a couple of thousand years ago who spoke about turning the other cheek and other outrageous ideas, but it’s obvious the way the world is going no one remembers him.
So I am asking… no pleading with you, next time you want to punch someone out verbally or physically
“We have nothing to fear but fear itself and the guy next to you who hasn’t been vaccinated.
Right??? Of course, right!!!
Love, Sally-Jane ❤️
P.S. There is one brilliant documentary that must be seen… MUST! And you will be tested on this.
I promise you if you watch PBS 4-Parts of Ken Burns Documentary – Mohammed Ali you will see before your very eyes the evolution of a human spirit and soul into what he announced he was, at the beginning of his career and still is and will remain,
This documentary is the perfect antidote to the rickety raggedy human condition of today…