Does the system we have built make sense today? I was walking around Williamsburg and Greenpoint this week and began to think about massive change. I noticed a few buildings that had been upgraded with new retail spots inside. They reflect today’s architectural culture. Looks good.
People tend to hold on to the past. Why? Perhaps it is comfort. Personally I love change but that is not the norm. Each generation pushes us forward when it comes to design, food, arts, architecture, literature and more. They take the past and make it their own.
I wonder about the people in politics and if they really have their finger on the pulse of what makes sense now. I read a truly disturbing piece in the New Yorker called A Deadly Mistake by Paige Williams. The question she asks is “Should an overdose be prosecuted as a homicide”? My answer is absolutely not. We should be helping people with addiction to try and live a better life. Tossing them in jail does nobody any good but send that person down a path where they will never fully be part of society again. They can’t vote and are not exactly employable. Not the right way to fight the opioid crisis.
My kids are all Bernie supporters. When I look at how all these things add up between the changes on the street, the ridiculously large division of haves and have-nots, the anger, the massive need for a new country where we change all the dynamics to create a caring society and that means starting in Kindergarten, I get why my kids are all in for Bernie. Sometimes you are too early in business but years later that business finally works. I can apply that to Bernie who is old and has been talking about the same thing for 40 years but perhaps his thoughts for massive change have found its time.
The question from my kids was “what are you afraid of if Bernie wins”? My fear is that he will bankrupt the country. Our debt is so huge that I am not sure that there is enough cash for his ideas but perhaps it is about shifting where the money is spent because certainly, it isn’t working now. Our debt does not seem to be much of the conversation these days but it is a tremendous problem. But the bigger problem is that we don’t have any compassion for people who are not succeeding in our society.
I will say our kids know their shit and the policies each candidate is espousing (or not) a hell of a lot better than I do. It is impressive. If everyone in their generation felt that way and went to the polls to vote then we might find ourselves with Bernie for President.
Maybe it is time? I am not sure it is time for Bernie but it is definitely time for a massive change.