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May 19, 2013

What hope for our humanity’s predicament?

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Well, what is it, this “predicament” of ours, our humanity’s? What’s behind or underneath this predicament, this predication, this saying before or is it a “before saying?” Ah, that might be getting closer to what we now mean by a predicament, an impinging or trying situation.

Did our humanity get into this trying time because we didn’t speak before it happened, even when we saw it was going to happen, almost pre-saying it, predicting it? Some would say so, and some would say they themselves warned us or their ancestors did long ago.

What then is our “predicament?” Some would say that we are too tied to our past and, therefore, limited by it. Others would say that we have disowned our past, moved beyond it too much and, therefore, have lost its nurturing benefit.

Strange, isn’t it, that we put so much or so little emphasis on our yesterdays and blame or credit them for our todays and our attitudes toward the possibilities and probabilities of our tomorrows. I think and feel and intuit that we need the value of where we have come from to understand where we are and to discern where we want to be. We need to pull it all together. Why don’t we? That’s part of our predicament.

If we look at our national politics or the politics of our nation in all its parts, we can sense this predicament. Others in their nations can do the same. We each need to peer into where we are and use our binoculars and magnifying glasses to discover the signs of our past still having helpful or harmful effects on our present.

Then we can share together what we are seeing. Only then can we try to figure out the way out of our predicament, only when we have uncovered how we got here. This is where joint effort is so important. It can’t be just “bipartisan” or “omni-opinioned.” It has to be a mutual search to understand what has been and what is together so we can get a better handle on the might be that we together want to be.

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