When I look at this photo, what comes to my mind is lost hope and sadness. Like an abandoned house left to deteriorate in the scorching arid heat with no protection to give it life and sustenance, we too could find our way of life, freedom, and liberty resulting in the same way, oblivious to the warning signs that democracy is gradually being castrated.
Paralyzing education, distorting information, flaming the fires of division and hatred, while losing hope as democracy is being castrated by propaganda that is flamboyant, untrue, and dangerous is easily being embraced by their supporters. The attacks on democracy, whether one wants to admit it or not, is not always advertised but happens in plain sight as it shape-shifts into an edible, acceptable disguise. Be alert, for deception is prevalent and growing by leaps and bounds.
There are far too many conversations, worries, and anxieties being discussed about the manner in which the simple and sacred elements of humanity are being stripped away like peeling the husk from an ear of corn. Demagoguery is taking place in unprecedented degrees. So many are blind to the mass destruction such propaganda incites, and they eat up extremist entrées like ravenous wolves. Don’t walk around with eyes wide shut. Open your eyes and see what’s really going on here.
Is this discussion much ado about nothing? Absolutely not! As the voices of the cheerleaders of division raise their volume louder trying to distract and cancel out the advocates of unity, justice, democracy, experience, and love, advocates can’t be tinkling wind chimes but must toll louder than the Liberty Bell.
The sad part about it is, on the heels of Independence Day, their loudness and obnoxiousness must not be ignored because many are listening and ignorantly repeating misinformation. Those tables must be flipped for truth cannot be erased. The truth, however, is being manipulated and turned into something that appears believable, trustworthy, patriotic, and just.
For those who constantly express their worriation about the future, your fear is justifiable based on what’s occurring in our political, religious, educational, global, and commerce sectors. Lies attempt to erase the truth, but it’s not the lie that will catch up with the liar, the truth always exposes the lie sooner than later. Dire consequences, whether we live to see it or not, will convict the oppressors even though it could come at a cost for hard-working, honest, ethical and decent human beings. Our voices of truth, justice, freedom, and equality must rise higher than the listening skies, and resound louder than the roaring seas. We cannot become complacent and watch democracy shape-shift into the skeleton of a dilapidated old house. Now is not the time to roll over and play dead, because playtime is over!