it was well-intended. the highland park library had a sign up with these words and i copied them down as we passed by. stay apart, stay safe and we will get through this together. a sentiment about the raging pandemic, it was momentarily reassuring.
but only momentarily.
for, really, we are more apart than together. we are more fractured. we are more divided than we ever thought. we are cleaved.
at this moment, each place i look i see the destruction of entities breaking in two, splitting. there is no reassurance for that. there can be no healing without truth, without compassionate, fair and decisive leadership. disparate sides will ultimately fight to the death, no eye to clarity, no ear to healthy conversation, no wisdom, no heart. just agenda, riddled with prejudice, with self-aggrandizing, with aggression, with inward nationalism-under-every-heading, surrounded by a protective cloak of complicity.
people put asunder. entities put asunder. the country put asunder.
if apart will bring us together, we are on the right track. if apart is just simply getting us through, we are beyond cleaved.