blue sky and hope

In genuine questioning, nothing can be taken for granted as if it were self-evident and apparent for all to see. Those who have been struck by wonder recognize that there is a strange, amazing depth to things that goes well beyond the “truths” of common sense or cultural formation.

Trouble in Paradise

Has Deep Gloom Killed the Future? Before the Covid-19 Experiment focused our attention on not dying prematurely, most of us were enveloped in deep gloom, whose sources are still present. The two major political factions, the Left and the Right, promulgate apocalyptic images of the future that portray that we are fearfully close to a final descent into darkness; The human species is threatened by climate change; Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump can initiate nuclear war with the push of a button; the United States, China, and Russia are divvying up the

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Donald I, Act IV

Events from Act III The Covid-19 pandemic reached the United States in January 2020, and by the end of May, 100,000 people had died. Social distancing, mandated in March, shut down the economy, leading to 40 million unemployed. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from a white officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, while Floyd was handcuffed face down on the ground. Peaceful protests against police brutality that sometimes turned violent spread from Minneapolis to numerous American cities and even to Toronto, London, and Berlin.

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The Covid-19 Experiment and Greed

The Covid-19 Experiment has revealed that greed rules much of America. The Aspen Institute, a high-powered think tank with an endowment of $115 million and several billionaires on its Board, applied for and received a federal small business bailout loan of $8 million.[1] Workers at a Tyson meat processing plant in Arkansas earn $12 an hour to process 120 chickens per minute. They stand shoulder to shoulder cutting and deboning birds that fly by so quickly that a worker cannot pause to cover a cough and thus may be exposing others to the

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Loneliness: Another Epidemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed structural deficiencies of American capitalism: corporations run solely for the benefit of CEOs and investors; workers without paid leave; a healthcare system with inadequate personal protection equipment for MDs and nurses. Social distancing to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases exposed that individualism caused a different epidemic — loneliness. The 2000 U.S. census uncovered that one out of every four households consists of only one person. Roughly twenty percent of Americans feel so isolated from others that loneliness is a major source of unhappiness in their lives,[1] irrespective

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The Covid-19 Pandemic: Surrounded by a Sea of Death

The Covid-19 Experiment exposes our deepest fears. Most of us are confined to home and would find reality unbearable without Netflix, Amazon Music, Minecraft, and YouTube. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, we Americans blinded ourselves to illness, aging, and dying. The critically ill were moved to intensive care units, where they were hidden beneath cables and tubes connected to monitors and respirators; the old and infirm with cognitive problems were housed in memory-care facilities and were often confined to a single room with a flat-screen TV and artificial flowers; the dying spent their last

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The Covid-19 Pandemic: Chance and Necessity

I had thought myself lost, had touched the very bottom of despair; and then, when the spirit of renunciation had filled me, I had known peace. . . . In such an hour, a man feels he has finally found himself.                                                                                                         

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