I am new to FDL, though not elsewhere. However, the relevant point is not that I am new but that I have written nothing, at all, for over a year –not professionally, nor personally.

Instead, I have been purposely quiet, absorbing. And what I have learned though silence  — whether watching, listening or reading — is that we, as a global community, are truly lost at sea. Sometimes adrift on and within a turbulent, dark sea in which all we can do is hold on and wait for a calmer tomorrow. And, sometimes,  we are similarly adrift on and within a surreal, apparently calm sea which tempts us to believe that all will be well if only we can survive, long enough.

Why do we continue to insist that  there is more time to consider these sobering issues?

Throughout  this past year I have been watching (on TV and on film) and reading (in newspapers, blogs and books) what other people, in other cultures, are seeing and thinking about our country. And the sum of that study is that, apparently, for an American — much less for the global citizens we might learn to be —  it is anathema, now, to care at all about anything  at all that is not bound in stubborn ideology, whether or not that ideology can be proven to be harmless, much less constructive.

I mourn — from the bottom of my heart and soul —  for my country, these United States of America. For its bright beginnings. For its hopeful heart which led to extraordinary accomplishments.  And for some time, for its flawed, if naive belief that more of the same mentality would create and produce that which was better and better …. and therefore unbeatable.  And so, I mourn for my country which, though inherently good, went bad and then, unforgivably, stubbornly refused to see, acknowledge and therfore amend and repair the damage it has caused — here, there and everywhere.

It is so obviously time — well past time — for Americans to become global citizens, with a native-born, but heartfelt, extended  sensibility of “liberty and justice for all.”