i am worried.
in a tenuous time of fraying loyalties and the aggressive recruiting of followers, people are being indoctrinated into what they believe are the-cool-groups, welcomed with open arms, social-media “love-bombed” and, it would seem, encouraged to believe that which has not been proven to be true.
indoctrination (noun): the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
uncritically. terrifying. without critical thought. without mining for facts. acolytes of persons who gaslight, persons who claim absolute knowledge and power, persons who, like the scum on a glass of sour milk, rise from the acidification of true idealism, true tenets, the true basis of a society as a community.
i am worried.
the bridge between us as a country seems as crumbling as the infrastructure of old roads and bridges across this nation. the fragile bridge sways now in the gentlest of breezes. the bricks, mortar, concrete, steel are wearing thin, their veneers weathering storms of severed ties, storms of conspiracy over fact, storms of cronyism over love. the bridge-slayers taunt, tempt with poison fruit, the oldest story of stories. the ideologue-apostles forego conversation for testaments of belonging, baseless creeds. the indoctrination devours relationships, forming unions useful only to itself, without heed to emotional ties or history. crazed, yet measured, words of untruth and hatred blur clear vision to the other side.
the bridge ceases to exist. it becomes but a shadow.
and i am worried.
BRIDGE from AS IT IS ©️ 2004 kerri sherwood