Name the band. If you said, Rush, help yourself to a glass of your favorite beverage. The song focuses on what the Geddy Lee, et al., saw as a growing number of groups within groups that have a set of beliefs. Those not adhering to said beliefs could either “conform or be cast out”.
Flash forward a few decades and the walls seperating us have grown higher and thicker. Technology is to blame for some of the widening chasms between us. Sites, such as Twitter, give everyone a soapbox to pontificate from on high. What I have found over the past few years as a Tweeter, is that while these platforms give us a chance to hear new stories by new voices, it also allows us to impart our own opinions. These opinions are mostly anonymous and gives people a certain bravado that they normally wouldn’t have during a face-to-face conversation.
However, the thing that jumps out the most is in a world of all inclusive technology, is how isolated we are when it comes to our opinions. If you don’t agree with me or see my point of view…piss off. You’re wrong. You have mental issues. The world doesn’t need people like you with that point of view. Hey, look, a recipe for homemade grenadine!
When you think back to what our country accomplished during some of the world’s most trying times, you wonder if we could ever pull together again in those times of need. The recent anniversary of D-Day is a shining example of everyone putting aside those differences and joining together for the common good. Can we do that again in 2017? The current climate not only points to “No”, but to “Hell, no”. We have become a population of over 300 million people with 300 million separate countries, with our borders built our of our own unwavering opinions. The time for compromise has come and gone. That option is dead and buried.
Case and point on the above observation. I got into a discussion on Twitter with a few friends (ok…we have never met in person but we have some common interests and we make each other laugh on occasion…close enough) about an upcoming gubernatorial race. As an Independent, I voiced my support for a Democrat. The gentleman, whom I have met, is intelligent, well-spoken and seems to really care about ALL people of my home state. He also wants to work across the aisle with the GOP on issues. Sounds reasonable, right? My other “friends” immediately had issues with a candidate that wanted to work with “the other side”. They voiced skepticism and an all out aversion to what the party and its members stand for. One stated that he’d be open to that sort of bipartisanism when that party started believe in “facts, science and the truth”. The Beatles have a better chance of getting back together.
Try and think of a word or phrase to define his moment in time for the U.S. of A. We have moved to a point in our country’s short history where you need to think like the other 299 million of your countrymen to have your own opinions accepted. That, my fellow readers, is a statistical impossibility. And that, fellow readers means we are…