There’s a malaise affecting us all. If it hasn’t infected us it most certainly and almost universally has bored us to death. Yet with the same energy which accompanies my refusal to save for my funeral I am similarly compelled to anticipate the result of the upcoming US presidential election. Admittedly it is a small confession though historically political battles – even those not involving daytime’s current comedian – have afforded impetus for at least regimental survival.
If we’re to avoid being irretrievably tranquillized by the pandemic – and not allow our future to become dependent upon the outcome of the US presidential election – it requires devotion to and focus upon new horizons. Whatever standards once characterized normal society – including for example the most basic family reunions, museums or ball games – have magically slipped from view. Travel anywhere – not just internationally – is either unpalatable or wasteful because resort facilities are closed. Much to the horror of many the only workable alternative to the current stalemate is inward direction – possibly involving something as revolutionary as intellectual reflection or spiritual expansion. If we haven’t the interest to pursue this narrow avenue we do nothing but confine ourselves to ignorance or inertia, neither of which will strengthen or enlighten us. Eventually we’ll have to confront the imperative or dissolve into an undiscovered mediocrity.
As much by chance as design I have either deliberately or unwittingly succumbed to the texture and depth of this altered existence. I won’t say I’ve mastered the rules of this new society and its evolving insights; but I’ve certainly adjusted to the homebody pleasures of a nutritious meal, a nearby cycling path along the River, magnificent weather and the undeniable privilege in family, love and domestic advantage. And it all required little more of me than a willingness to see what was before my eyes.
This doesn’t remove or obliterate any lingering anxiety about disease or the economy. Nor does acceptance succeed to replace the traditional excitement of a birthday party, fine dining or a trip abroad. The indisputable truth is that the fabric at hand is perhaps as good as it gets. Nor is there any point needlessly speculating. This is not however to suggest the rewards are any less attractive. When the facts are recognized, acceptance follows with the assuredness of conviction!