November 26, 2016, Chula Vista-
We went to see the film “Doctor Strange”, this evening. It’s a highly entertaining account of mystics being able to bend time, space and matter- for good or for ill. One of the characters mentions to Dr. Strange that, in being concerned with his own ego, he is seeing the universe through a keyhole- and imagining his view to be all-encompassing.
So many of us seem to be seeing the world through keyholes of our own device. The two extremes in out national politics have been doing so, for sometime. The keyholes seem to be also getting smaller and smaller. It is also apparent that the backdrop, behind the door, is getting dimmer and dimmer.
Any time in history, when people feel totally disenfranchised, has been fraught with severe pendulum swings. The decline and fall of Imperial Rome, the French Revolution and its aftermath, and the fall of the Soviet Union are each an example of this, albeit differing in severity. Jacobin France is one of the deadliest examples of people looking at the world through keyholes, and seeing nothing but enemies- even in the faces of those who were their allies, only a short time before.
It is no coincidence that the leader of a White Supremacist splinter group identified his personal role model as Napoleon Bonaparte. This, to me, is a clear indication of the intentions of his particular entourage. Sowing chaos, in this large and disparate society, may seem impossible- but look to Rome, and to Russia. It only takes a relative few opportunists to bring it about- and with the advent of false news reporting, the mayhem can come about rather quickly.
Once again, to be safe, at any given time, is to be vigilant beforehand. I do not see the answer to our nation’s current growing pains to be drawing our wagons into tight circles, such as supremacist or nativist fantasies, or safe zones. The real solution, in my humble view, is wider inclusion. There will never be a time when I cut off my conservative friends to curry favour with people on the Left, or vice versa. I will not shun my friends of colour or of sexual identities that aren’t my own, just so that my White and heterosexual friends are assuaged- or vice versa.
It’s time to open the door, for a broad view.