That’s a high-falutin’ title for a very simple, quick post, but I have been trying to piece this shtuff together today, and had a couple of thoughts:?
- If the digital age gives us the illusion that answers are easy, an illusion propped up by the talking heads on our teevees and the twitters and the facebooks, then why shouldn’t those of us who know nothing about all kinds of things – the lived experiences of those who have far different lives than us, the reality on the ground in far away places – be confident giving these people advice? After all, as those wise people tell us, the answers are right there…
- If we combine this easy access to all the world’s wisdom with what seems to be a code specific to American men – that we must fix things, and can – then the possibilities for a dysfunctional relationship with reality are clear. American men are supposed to make things better, for a whole host of issues, and they often think that they can solve problems that they actually cannot. The ease by which those on teevee and social media do this fits neatly in their own way of thinking.
Is there a solution? Hah – see what I did there? I don’t know, but I am guessing that it starts with what might seem impossible to my generation – embracing teamwork, and collaboration, and borg-like efforts to put many brains on complex problems. We will fail, but we will need to use those failures to keep trying, tweaking gradually, embracing partial solutions and many voices.
I didn’t say it would be easy.