Man oh man what a year 2021 was! I naively assumed at the conclusion of 2020, that the worst of the pandemic was behind us. No problem admitting I was WRONG there… The year began with a riot in our nation’s capital and ended with a surge in COVID unlike any we have yet to see in the past 21 months. Between those two wonderful bookends there has been a constant sprinkling of chaos, doom and despair.
In the middle of the global and national strife, my state made international headlines multiple times this past year. First for a complete failure of management of infrastructure (in a state that often brags about operating independent of the national grid). Then for enacting the most ridiculous abortion law in the history of our nation (which has now been upheld by the Supreme Court – thank you Amy Coney Barrett may you rot in Hell).
This time last year, I had hope that life would eventually return to normal.
I don’t feel that way anymore. In fact my perspective is completely different now. I hope at the conclusion of all this suffering, there is a reckoning for all of the institutions of power that have benefitted while average human beings have suffered.
We live in a time of amazing technology and abundance. Humanity has the ability for the first time in history to make sure every single being has access to the necessities of survival. What a different world we could create!! If every human being was guaranteed their physiological and safety needs met, we could all be much closer to actualization.
Imagine what could have been achieved if during the course of the past 30 years, technology had been implemented for the evolution of humanity instead of lining the pockets of the pre-existing elites.
I have often said with every passing year of my life the national distribution of wealth looks closer to feudal Europe. The past 21 months have accelerated that exponentially. We deserve better than the crumbs we have been given.
So here’s to 2022. Enough is enough. I hope this year is humanity’s marvelous phoenix moment.