"Recalculating" (collage, ink, acrylic on paper) 8 x 8
Kenneth Samual writes this morning: "Social grievance and angry protests across the country. School systems thrown into quandary over online learning. Stagnant business operations and economic growth. Racial tensions at boiling levels. Political polarization and personal stress. Over-zealous policing and under-funded mental health resources. Mounting pressures imposed by an unabated pandemic. Social malaise spiraling upwards."
It seemed like a fairly good summary of what is up with life right now. Kenneth is the pastor of Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, GA. Great name for a church.
Last night after I watched PBS's Amanpour & Company (my new favorite interview show)after which I turned out the lights and turned to reverie...I found myself silently weeping. Social malaise translates for many people like me into personal malaise.
The show last night was actually a re-run of her May 8 show but I had not seen that one. Her choice of guests and solid interviewing and her slightly distant viewpoint (from London) give the show a real poignancy. She, and her 3 other interviewers, are smart and to the point. Like taking a painting and placing it at a distance so you can actually see what is going on...weakness and strengths.
She interviewed Jane Goodall for one. (An amazing women to be sure). Among many thoughtful comments Jane mentioned that she fears her beloved Chimpanzees in Africa will in fact get Covid 19 from humans at some point. Jane points out we are all living too close together now and we've taken away the environments that kept us safe like the forests and wide plains and lost our ability to think in "the long view".
Here in Florida, the pandemic is spiraling out of control AGAIN and now I have found that someone I know (from church) has tested positive. She is young and I pray she won't be too ill. She has a young child. But who has she passed it on to? Luckily I haven't been with her for months. But I find it chilling as the circle draws tighter.
I consider myself fairly stable person. A fairly positive person. But believe me, these days I am concerned. The fact is that the spirals of hurt and anguish keep coming over and over again so that our futures and hopes and dreams keep getting pushed farther and farther from us. I see videos of a "normal a looking grandmother" doing a sit in in a grocery store because she was asked to wear a mask. I think for some people the edge is a lot closer than for others. And I am worried a little that I am getting pushed in that direction too.
One of my friends suggests not watching the news. I thought about that. So just try to pretend that nothing is happening? Well, I know they are just saying not to get "consumed" with the news which is so disheartening. I understand that. With so few distractions, a person can be overwhelmed. I get that. We limit ourselves to the New York Times Brief in the morning (online newspaper) and then PBS on TV at night.
This Sunday night I will zoom with my great granddaughter, Violet Virginia, in CA as she celebrates her 2nd birthday. All the grandparents will be present (from Illinois and Michigan) as well as some of the aunts and uncles. This will help bring me back into the focus of those I love so dearly.