That thing that happened to the south of us? Smart, caring people are dealing with it. In fact, they have been dealing with it for some time. David Bornstein has been covering it. John McKnight has been inspiring it. Along with countless others.
What can we do about it?
Not much if we don’t live there, other than to have faith in those who do.
If they need our help they’ll ask.
In the meantime, there is more than enough to do up here.
Best not to get distracted by mainstream or social media. They don’t pay much attention to what is really going on below.
If you are looking to understand what’s happening to the south of us check out the writings of Marilynne Robinson (including this conversation) and Wendell Berry (especially Citizenship Papers.) They are wise souls able to recognize patterns amidst the swirl and noise.
PS – I wrote this piece several years ago on the separation of hope from destiny in America.
I cannot afford the luxury of despair. (Ursula Franklin)