As I am resting in my own confusion at the moment, refusing to be swayed by even the best of writing, waiting for my own view to emerge, fragments of visions appear.
Resting in my own confusion. You see, I have no great position of power so I can freely confess I don’t know what to make of the country of which I am a citizen.
I’ve written a little bit about freedom of information — that accountability is not just catching crooks and putting them in jail, but allowing the citizens of this country to be truly informed. We have become a wierd mix of incredible secrecy in the halls of power, be they government or private business and no privacy allowed for the rest of us.
That can’t be good.
I have no doubt that the Obama Administration will do everything they can to get as much information as they can about what has gone on these past eight years. They really don’t have any choice, after all. Each member of Obama’s cabinet will inherit a big giant awful stinky mess. Consider the EPA, just as the first thing that came to mind. Not only will whoever heads the EPA have to deal with the climate crisis and the effects of all the deregulation that has gone on while corporations have basically set policy for that Department, they will also have to confront criminal acts, at the very least politicization of the Department (a’la the DOJ) and at most … well I shudder to think.
This mix of criminality, corruption and incompetence will be quite a challenge.
My question, though, is whether or not they will share all this information with the rest of us.
I think that’s a very important issue. We can’t make informed decisions as citizens if we are not informed.
And then of course there is the private sector, all those banks and insurance companies and other financial institutions. Will we ever find out how the bail-out money has already been spent, what has gone on in those corporations that have affected us all, the decisions that have been made in an environment of almost complete power, will we ever find out what our business communities have done – not only to punish criminals (and who can forget Enron and Ken Lay? Who can forget jacking the price of oil around in California and the resulting loss for Gov. Grey Davis, and now California has The Terminator?) but to punish incompetence. See, even if you haven’t committed a crime, there is a type of accountability that comes into play when gross incompetence or corruption is shown. It’s called being fired. And shareholders around the country (401(k) anyone?) will have to make decisions, and they will need information to do so.
Well that’s one fragment. Another is on a cultural level and is affected by business and government, but ultimately is stronger than both.
I don’t like the visions that arise from the word “unity.” Strange, I know, because that’s a great word and a great meaning.
We are a diverse country. And somehow the word “harmony” … and the word “solidarity” …. comes to mind when trying to describe this fragment of vision, that we must gather together, but we do not yet have the full information to know what to “unify” around. Seems the gathering will take place first. And the “unity” will be of action, not of culture. Well that’s a tiny fragment, I know, veering into political mysticism.
So I’m resting in my confusion, not trying to rush the visions from appearing, taking it in, reading the work of others, checking out the scene, jelly bean.
(“Jack Kerouac, American Haiku,” courtesy of YouTuber gothgod – recorded with jazzmen Al Cohn and Zoot Sims.)