So, I’m watching Scorsese’s documentary on Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Tour” and reliving my “bobby-soxer years,” and he’s singing “The Times They Are A-Changing.” Now I’m thinking: It’s not the times that are changing, it’s the people!
In my lifetime, we have lived through many major events and seen far-reaching changes.
World War II, the atom bomb, the founding of the United Nations, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the draft dodgers, and the horrible trauma of 9/11. (One man cites “bone spurs” to avoid fighting. Would you believe it?
He’s now commander in chief of the most powerful military in the world with his finger on the button of an amazing array of atomic weapons!)
Through all of this, America was united and people could discuss things in a friendly way.
Care, cooperation and civility were meaningful words.
Now we are a divided nation. Factions, feuding and fascism are the new “in words.”
Mass shootings in schools, churches and synagogues are regular events.
How did we come to this? Some would blame the media and the press for headlining these “negative issues,” yet they are simply carrying out their First Amendment duties.
Others blame the internet and social media. This is probably true given the presence of alt-right, racist and white supremacist trolls on Facebook and Twitter.
How do we stop this ? How can we repair the divisions and return to a nation at peace with itself?
There is no easy ready-made solution. It requires a major effort to rebuild trust and re-create a nation at peace with itself.
But it must be done for the sake of our children, grandchildren and future generations, and we all must play our part.
Julieann C. Knox