A personal and national existential crisis

It all hit at once yesterday, the sadness of our world today. Sure we can distract ourselves endlessly. We can run away to the country or other countries and many of us do, but…

poverty

Deaths of despair continue to increase in our beautiful land…

An article like this one cuts deep and right to the heart of the matter. Now we have a president who lies hourly to us, one who recently proclaimed the “War on Poverty is largely over and a success,” while our United Nations Ambassador said it was “ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America.”

While 1 in 7 of us make up the world’s poorest 10% 

“According to the Credit Suisse 34 million American adults are among the WORLD’S POOREST 10%. How is that possible? In a word, debt. In more excruciating words: stifling, misery-inducing, deadly amounts of debt for the poorest Americans.” It goes far beyond dollars. We have millions of deaths of despair in this country caused by the stresses of inferior health care coverage, stagnating incomes, and out-of-control inequality.

The world is full of hunger, poverty, violence and extreme sadness. I felt it all yesterday. It overwhelmed me, especially because I see that it does not have to be this way. Why do we respond to the fears and needs of others with anger and tear gas instead of communication and problem-solving? Belligerence and stupidity will only get us much more of what we see around us everyday.

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