By Andrew Lidden Pate, Jr
To date, the question has avoided direct confrontation. Our collective attention has been, and still is, focused elsewhere, namely on our opinion and methodical differences, not just in the United States but around the world, and particularly in the developed democracies.
So, it is that we have become acutely aware of our differences, of the chasms, if you will, that separate us—right from left, liberal from conservative, Evangelical Christian from mainline Protestant and the non-religious..
But might we be missing our commonality? We don’t really know what we’re doing. Presidents, premiers, dictators, etc., and us ordinary folks.
Years ago, about 65 or so, philosopher Alfred North Whitehead pointed out that it was not “change” that best described modernity but “the speed of change.” How on the mark he was! And change has not slowed since, not in the least; it has accelerated by dozens of light years.
Consequently, one of the most telling of present-day images is how we move around like Zombies with our cell phones, then rush like runaway Mustangs to our computers trying our best not to get ahead, but just to keep up. And no one can. Not the president, not the MIT PhD, not Joe or Jane, and least of all, not I.
Take the word program I use. It chooses words for me, ahead of my moving fingers, words that I would not ever have thought of in the context of my composition. And I find it impossible to catch every mistake the program makes, much less those I make on my own.
I want my occasional errors back, not any additional that were created on my behalf. But, to be frank, I can’t figure out how to get what I want. And to my ever-increasing alarm, I realize that Pelosi, Trump, Putin, May and every other world “leader” are essentially in the same boat, except theirs is sinking faster, and threatens to take us all down with it.
By comparison, the sinking of the Titanic was child’s play in a bath tub.
What are we to do?
I simply cannot think fast enough to answer that question. (I'm still trying to get through the 60s). But I pray that someone (s) can.
To that or those someone(s) moving fast enough and with up-to-date confidence, I plead, please hurry!