You know it:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer…
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Fools dominate the news. Too many good people in the west support a thuggish blowhard who refuses to accept the law while apparently trying to start a war;, one who even brags he will put women on the front line. As I said to the writer below, this is not a horse you want to hitch your wagon to (he agreed, having just written the same thing to a friend!)
Meanwhile, too many decent urbanites with little sense of western matters seem to yearn for state power to strike him in a way they may come to regret. See here for a frightening look into the militarization of our police forces, a phenomenon that seems to have started with the “war” on drugs– do we really need internal wars, like Mexico’s? — and shows no sign of stopping, with supporters on our so- called right AND left. It seems strange to worry about Putin’s psychological warfare in Ukraine before we put our own house in order.
Nor can those with only a vague sense of what the west is understand how passionately those whose families have been living and working the land for generations feel about what is their only home. Complexities of legal ownership abound; but instead of who the land belongs to, think of it differently: who belongs to that land?
So here is a thoughtful guest post, a musing on the situation by a rancher and writer who also worries, and brings both a rancher’s perspective and a spiritual dimension that I cannot easily write about. As JP says, it is an appropriate day.