I’ve actually been thinking more and more about leaving the US. I mean: for good. I find myself so disillusioned with what is happening in my native land.
My country forces education reform that is destroying creativity, problem solving, deep thinking, and analysis of knowledge to inform carefully considered long term solution-making for the immediacy of factionalized curriculum memorization. My country will not move beyond prejudice and discrimination. My country is squandering our national (as well as international) resources. My country is flinging privacy and personal freedom as fast as it escalates fear. My country cares more about greed, money, and possessing things than it does about people and their basic wellbeing. My country is removing the separation of church and state and forcing people to live by tenets of religion in which they may not personally believe. My country allows business, built on greed and outsourcing, to become so large they can not fail and must receive tax payer’s money to keep the executes rolling in fat bonuses with shameless abandon. My nation’s government is bought and sold by transglobal corporations and makes divisiveness its core ethic.
I can do little of nothing to stop or change any of this.
I wonder if this is a natural part of getting older–seeing the world through more jaded eyes. But I see other nations, not without their faults to be sure, at least maintaining some more moderate and productive sense of balance. I just think the US government is fundamentally broken and inept.
I shared last night at dinner that I actually don’t think the US will be able to move to a better place within my lifetime. This saddens me greatly.
I’ve supported Lawrence Lessig‘s work for some time. I’ve had his “Change Congress” link on my site for some time. In this video he sums up things, and, unlike my dismal state of disillusion, offers a ray of hope. He doesn’t frame the problem as conservative versus liberal or Republican versus Democrat. He is insightful and brilliant.