In times like these, it’s tempting to seek solace in the carefully worded opinions of those we respect and look to for inspiration.
Television and radio hosts. Newspaper editorial and op-ed pages. Websites and blogs. Late night comedians. Anyone that expresses common sense.
It’s comforting, but it’s a temporal and temporary fix. It’s just analysis and perspective leading to hypothesis, and ultimately it’s unrequited. You may feel better in the moment, but all the insights and justifications and clever turns of phrase in the world will not solve the larger problem.
This may be an unpopular point of view to express, but to effect any real change, a large number of people need to commit to the long game.
That doesn’t mean enduring years of anxiety and stress until the situation changes. It means it’s mandatory that we start building the future now, and continue against all obstacles. To do that properly will take more time than most people would like, but that’s the reality.
The issues America faces today won’t be fixed by a band-aid, or a fresh new face with bold new ideas, or even a jury trial and a conviction. To cure the nation of the cancer that’s currently eating it will take several years at minimum. It’s more than just removing a tumor and calling it done. It requires rebuilding our body’s systems in ways that minimize the prospect of recurrence, and remaining vigilant to the warning signs.
There’s no over-the-counter short term remedy. We can only take it day by day, carefully watch everything we take in and everything we put out, and be prepared to do that for a long time.
If you don’t believe you have the strength to play the long game, consider the alternative.