Women need to take notice. Men too. Our heads are in the proverbial sand. We are so bombarded with information that it’s difficult to process anything. Meanwhile somewhere in the background in many countries, including our own, human rights and common sense are at risk.
I was feeling depressed about the state of the world this morning while over coffee scrolling through the news. Top stories:
- The economy is tanking at record levels
- Roe vs. Wade is about to be annihilated
- Baby formula has been recalled and it’s nearly impossible to come by
- The Taliban is forcing women to cover from head to toe in Afghanistan
- Same sex marriage could be on the line
- A small U.N. agency was swindled by a corrupt banker
But equally “up there” in headlines:
- What being a witch really means
- COVID 19 conspiracy theorists
- Space travel reservations are skyrocketing
Wait, what – SPACE reservations? As in outer space?
Who has this kind of money? And why aren’t they worried about the above and solving real issues?
We have some of the scariest world leaders in history – Brazil, Russia, China, I won’t say anything about the Orange person who used to be in office in a powerful country and somehow helped bring the Supreme Court to a place where Roe vs Wade can be legitimately overturned. I have mixed feelings about this one; but I am no where close to agreeing with the direction this is leading.
We seem to be seeing more world leaders that look like ones I learned about in Elementary School while sitting at a small desk in my blue uniform in Brooklyn on a rainy day. Leaders like Stalin, Hilter, Mussolini. People with crazy ideas that went against progress, kindness, and the duty to care for all people, for all creatures and the planet. I felt safe in the United States in the 1980s looking out the window across the street at the retirement home being built. These leaders were from another time. But not anymore.
While our heads are in the sand –
Our food supply chain is contaminated and it’s altering our cells.
We can’t agree that science is showing climate change is caused by human consumption and not something that would be happening naturally despite the mountains of evidence acquired in the past 50 years.
No one questions how the miracles of the Internet, the world on our watches, our car knowing the speed limit and where we are actually work. There are waves all around us we can’t see, that in some way just has to be going into our skin & lungs, penetrating our vital organs.
And people are spending record dollars on flying to space? As in off the planet?
As I was writing this my son called to say Happy Mothers Day. I told him what I was writing about and in the blink of an eye he helped me to laugh after I capped all the bad things off with, “and people are wanting to fly to space?!”.
“Of course ma. People want to get the F*c# off the planet. They are going to be flying by waving at us and laughing. And why not try witch craft? Everything else seems unreal, who says witch craft isn’t?”.
Yes. Not true, but true. In some way wouldn’t we all just like to run away?
But we can’t. Because while our heads are in the sand women’s rights around the world are starting to be pulled back. Haven’t you seen or read the Handmaid’s Tale? No one believed it could happen. While it was happening in the early stages people just went about their lives thinking someone will make sure it will not happen. Surely in this day and age it can’t… right?
But it is. No doubt Afghan women thought that. In a year or two Italy might be looking at the United States on the issue of abortion and thinking about us as we think about Afghanistan. As impossible as it might be, it’s over there; not in my backyard.
Meanwhile in Ukraine… how does this happen?
How can we protect the rights we currently have before we do not have any? Women’s rights particularly are at stake. Women… who are more compassionate and need a voice at the table on all issues as well; perhaps now more than ever.
What on earth can I do as just one person who is very concerned and in a ‘free’ country as it is now in the year 2022?
Before this happens?