Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the cool, partly cloudy and festive island of Nantucket! Great to be with you early on a Friday morning, the 19th day of December, 2014. A good day to be alive on this wonderful planet of ours wouldn’t you agree?
There is never a dull moment, that I will give you. If you can handle all of the deceit, political horse hockey, racial tensions, economic inequality, rigged systems, global warming, and the occasional international hack of a major motion picture operation, well, you are doing just fine young lad, just fine. Who said 24 hour cable news would be easy?
The whole world, it seems, has gone quite mad. No one really knowing what the hell they are doing, including this reporter, just ‘phoning it in’ today, as I feel like being entertained all of a sudden at this five a.m. hour (only fifteen minutes ’till “Morning Joe”, only on MSNBC!). That’s right, this ‘Free Bird’ (credit Ari Melber, co-host of “The Cycle”, weekdays at three p.m. sharp), has had his fill of 24/7 coverage of the historic lifting of isolation and embargo on that poor island nation of Cuba, our neighbor 90 miles south of Florida. ‘May the force be with those islanders whose cars harken back to another era in this country–the 1950’s. A time of relative peace and stability in the world–we all remember the great U.S. President Eisenhower don’t we?, McFly?–none so much as right here in the good ‘ole US of A.
Even with all of it’s social insanity, gender/racial repression, i.e. “Mad Men”, art imitating life, showcasing some of the very worst character flaws in the American male makeup, and rather backward political thinking by the ‘powers that were’, e.g. ‘The Red Scare’, McCarthy and the rampant paranoia that gripped the Nation at the time, apart from all that, that decade is repeated and pined for more than one might think in this 21st Century America…
But is that not what makes this country great in the first place? The fact that it keeps reinventing itself decade after young decade? We are never stale, this United States of America, recalling that it is clearly our diversity that makes this so. We take the good from every decade, leaving the ‘bad’ behind. (unless you are Bill O’Reilly of FOX). With every step forward–be it police body cameras or lifting a fifty year old embargo on spare parts for a ‘car’ that was long overdue for a tune up–this country becomes more of that BEACON it was born to be, namely an example to the world, and we should never forget that as a country. Leaders concerned with human beings just trying to live, love, laugh, cry on occasion, eventually giving back to the people who make it all happen…our community. A righteous cycle indeed.
Community is inclusive, not exclusive. When we look at the TV and see our brothers and sisters in Cuba driving around in a 1957 Chevy, hundreds of them, Fords too, driving around on an island that looks as if ‘time’ stood still, taking in images of John F. Kennedy, remembering those horrific 13 days when we did not know if there was going to be a ‘tomorrow’ (please Google “Cuban Missal Crisis, October 22, 1962), we should be grateful this country has turned out as good as it really has, even with all it’s faults, it is still a great Nation. As the silent horse states at 12:30 a.m. every night on CBS, ‘…Your future’s just tomorrow, yesterday!’ (credit “The Late, Late Show” with outgoing host Craig Ferguson, well done sir!).
That ‘tomorrow’ looks like it does outside of your own window this early a.m., quite different than it did in 1957, and for that, this reporter is eternally grateful. For we all complain about ‘the state of the world’, none so much as those filthy, dirty, hippies; the ‘tree huggin’ types, you know who you are, present company included. But for all that complaining, deep down is gratitude. At least we live in a country where we can make a movie about a little dictator in a little country that is also frozen in ‘time’, North Korea, and even if it did not ‘work out’ for Sony, I’m sure all of the ‘uproar’ in Hollywood about ‘taking a stand’ against, what are we taking a stand against? Oppression? No? Censorship and terrorism? I see. Even though we will eventually find the ‘right answer’ to this outrageous hacking of information in the world of cyberspace, a journey that goes nowhere save away from true love and redwoods, at least you can sit back and real eyes that you do not live in either Cuba or North Korea. That you and yours can enjoy this beautiful Christmas season, ooops, “Holiday Season” rather, in a wealthy country called the United States. And know you really are quite safe in the universe, taking a break from all the ‘outrage’ and violence on the TV machine, taking in some eggnog instead. I mean come on! It’s not all a drag. There’s always NASCAR if you get really bored!
Have a great week end and enjoy the LIGHT of the season, perhaps sending some to those darkened corners of the world that need it the most. Knowing that we are all connected somehow and that darkness is just an illusion, a fact illuminated by that very illumination.
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M