My fellow blogger pal Jason of the excellent blog Gardeninacity added a very thoughtful remark on last week’s Vignette post. He wondered if we as a society will be able to heal the sickness of which DT is a symptom, once he is gone. That’s a very good question. He is absolutely right in that the rifts and distortions presently so prominent, existed far before the current administration. The saying “Death by a thousand cuts” can be applied to a million different things, and it can certainly be applied to our concept of democracy and to any illusions we might have of attainable dreams. As all gardeners know—even the toughest plant will wither with insufficient care. By the same token, over the past half century, we have repeatedly and increasingly abused each other, as well as our laws, resources… heck, our entire planet and its many living creatures!
This beach find will serve as a reminder of our own and our systems’ fragility. A tiny jellyfish washed up on the shore, with a thousand grains of sand scarring its glassy, gelatinous body and clouding its former translucent glow. Will throwing it back into the cleansing waves help wash the granules away? Will its shiny surface be forever pockmarked by the continuous assault of the small but sharp aggressors? Nobody knows, but that’s no reason to hesitate. Let the healing begin! And, let’s forego the cutting with caring. It might take a while, but we can do this!