It’s always darkest before dawn. This is not actually true, but it is, metaphorically.
I’m rushed, and have a million things to do today. This is a very scattered post, just a bunch of things running through my uncaffeinated mind.
I leave it as an exercise for the audience to make lists of the reasons not to despair.
I’ll leave you with one: the same people who prattle endlessly about how the demographics are going their way don’t act as if they are. Also, in that respect, the demographics have been going their way my entire life, according to them and yet, they never get there.
This is probably because people aren’t widgets, which they’re incapable of understanding.
So, protecting and encouraging vote fraud and quite literally dismantling the constitutional republic (Well, what do you think the popular vote compact does?) not the act of people who are confident things are going their way.
There are other examples, but– look at them. Like Greta Thunberg traveling in a “carbon free” manner, which required the flying of crews back and forth, thereby undoing her savings ten times over, their vaunted “the future belongs to us” is sounding increasingly tinnier and desperate, a potemkin ideology in an avalanche.
Of course, the question is: what comes after? And that, that is for us to fight for. The future is unwritten. It’s in our hands.
It’s always darkest before dawn, and you can choose to close the blinds, hide under the bed and keep it dark. Or not.
I have no idea what lies ahead this year. Normally — because my subconscious is massively smarter than I — I can tell what is likely, what is most probable. Now my crystal ball is occluded, my vision dark. I don’t know. We might come through this okay. Or we might not.
And if we don’t, it might be brief or a descent into madness. And as for what happens to the rest of the world… I don’t know.
I recently wrote a short story centered on the battle of Cannae which some mark as the turning of the Roman Republic towards empire. There are reasons to doubt this, honestly. It was in the process before that.
But here’s the thing, on that day, in that one battle, Rome lost an estimated forty thousand people.
But they didn’t surrender. They lowered (and raised) the age of enlistment, they made logical changes, they stopped being naive about the Carthaginians.
Carthage is a memory, mostly remembered as having been destroyed and salted. Rome… it’s arguable that Rome never fell, or at least that’s the feeling anyone who visits one of her former provinces gets.
Reverses, defeats, can all be temporary.
It all depends on your determination and your willingness to learn.
They say it’s always darker before dawn.
Light a million lamps and hold a flamethrower in reserve.
This is not even the beginning of the end. I’m not sure it’s the end of the beginning.
Never give up, never surrender.
Be not afraid.