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Rather writes: "Do you wonder at the direction of our nation, and the larger world? I wonder too."

Dan Rather. (photo: Christopher Patey)
Dan Rather. (photo: Christopher Patey)


Do You Feel Deep Anxiety in the Pit of Your Stomach for a World in Tumult?

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

12 September 17

 

o you worry for all those in harm's way of Hurricane Irma, and those still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the wildfires of the West? I worry too. All those people are very much in my thoughts

Do you wonder at the direction of our nation, and the larger world? I wonder too.

These are not easy times. Or peaceful times. Or fair times. We are hurting, and we are destined to hurt some more.

Sadly, I have seen more than my share of sadness, loss, and tragedy in my life. That is a reality of my chosen career. As a journalist, I have felt the deep worry of waking up and not knowing what new misfortune the day may bring.

As a boy, I remember listening to the Battle of Britain, worrying that England may fall to the Nazis. Shortly thereafter I was stricken with rheumatic fever and I remember my mother worrying, when she thought I was out of earshot, whether I might live.

I remember the dark days of the violent suppression of the civil rights movement, and the assassinations of President Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.

I remember the jungle, delta, and highlands hell that was Vietnam.

I remember the dawning horror of the full scope of Watergate.

I remember the hostages in Iran, and the terror attacks, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Each of those difficult times, and so many others, brought their own measure of heartache and loss. They left lasting scars on individuals and the nation as a whole.

But somehow we were able to make it through - a resilient society on an imperfect path to greater justice. Sometimes, oftentimes, it does get better. Let us hope that it will again. I believe it will.


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-12 # markovchhaney 2017-09-12 10:02
What's terrifying is how easily terrified supposedly sober and experienced people claim to be.
 
 
-25 # Depressionborn 2017-09-12 10:57
Tumult? I grew up tumult free.
It was a quiet small town, a great school, good people. No one locked their door-ma had lost the key to ours. We had a sand lot, a swimming hole and a nice woods to play in. The food was good and we had few chores. (We bugged out some.) Ma baked a lot, pies and cookies; Grandma made the best donuts in town. Grandpa took me fishing, Dad was big and strong and always there. Good luck.

At night we listened to radio and Ma played the piano. There was no TV. Most everyone believed the Bible. (Some drank too much.) The women had kitchen gardens. Not everyone there had the same good life though. I never thought about it but we were all probably poor by today's standard. We were taught to be responsible, to mind our own business and live and let live.

It is not the same there now, but not too bad either. Everything is in the Bible.
 
 
+31 # vamom1 2017-09-12 11:55
Sounds like you grew up like my mom and dad did. What they have come to understand is how lucky they were to be white in that America. The "colored" neighborhood down over the hill did not have a great school, weren't allowed in the sand lot or the swimming hole. They didn't lock their doors because there was little to steal. They considered themselves lucky to have money for food and some sort of job. Dad was there, but had to be careful to "stay in line" and not get himself lynched because of some transgression. You had a great life growing up. Others may not so great. We should make sure everyone has access to that sort of childhood.
 
 
-15 # Depressionborn 2017-09-12 17:10
vamom: "We should make sure everyone has access to that sort of childhood." Why?
No one gave us anything. We worked our way out of more poverty than most today. It is simply impossible to force others to be responsible.
 
 
+3 # RLF 2017-09-14 05:55
The means of production, of work which allowed so many to have the idealistic childhood like you had has been moved over sea, the unions defanged and vilified, and all in order to send more millions to millionaires who, in their arrogance, are just itching to be the new victims of a guillotine scourge! And what ericlipps says below! Don't be a dumbass!
 
 
0 # Depressionborn 2017-09-19 06:29
Yes, RLF, bu I think it , income inequality, is worse than you say. Going back 40 years the bottom 50% of wage earners got 20% of GNP; the top 1% 11% or so, Now those percentages have reversed.

As for # ericlipps 2017-09-12 18:57, Bible never says how old the earth, but I am not a Bible scholar so do not know about Lot. I did lookup Biblical errors once-couldn't find any. Flood evidence is overwhelming though.

# ericlipps doesn't know much
 
 
+9 # ericlipps 2017-09-12 18:57
Everything? I take it you're a creationist, then, who believes the universe is 6,000 years old and built a seven-billion-p lus population with only seven progenitors about 4,000 years ago after a worldwide flood rose to cover the peak of Munt Everest.

As for morality,I suggest you re-read the story of Lot, according to which, when the angels were sheltering with him, offered up his daughters to be gang-banged by the mob pursuing them in order to keep them from harming him.
 
 
+1 # wantrealdemocracy 2017-09-13 09:46
Why do so many readers rate this with thumbs down? I had similar experiences and there were strong social rules. It was good to do this and bad to do that. All of these rules have vanished and we all do what ever we want. It is now every one for themselves. We are not expected to help others. Greed is good! The purpose of life is not to be a good person and respect others. Now, the purpose of life is to get rich---by any method. "Women's revolution" did not make things better for women. We get to belly up to the bar with the boys, but we don't get paid the same and women are now raising the children without the help of a man. No one pays any attention to what is in the Bible. Do what ever you want. The level of violence and sex in our 'entertainment' is shocking and disgusting.
 
 
+18 # EternalTruth 2017-09-12 11:13
Optimism is a wonderful thing. I wish I had some. Climate change and the lack of political will to combat it make optimism look insane except as a tool of willful blindness. Optimists are healthier and happier, no doubt.
 
 
-1 # Depressionborn 2017-09-19 06:47
Quoting EternalTruth:
Optimism is a wonderful thing. I wish I had some. Climate change and the lack of political will to combat it make optimism look insane except as a tool of willful blindness. Optimists are healthier and happier, no doubt.


Man made CO2 cause warming is a fraud easily proven.. First, predictions simply aren’t happening; second, temp data is fudged to show warming, the fudging readily apparent as older base level temps were lowered so a phony temp increase can be claimed, and second, the sea floor has unbelievably been declared dropping, a weird necessity because sea levels have failed to rise as predicted. But all you really need to know is that the solution is some big time Globalist taxing and Wall Street carbon tax trading. So simply follow the money.,
 
 
+5 # Wise woman 2017-09-12 12:13
Of course there is always hope. Some young person straight out of MIT might have the answer to solving the climate issues. Another might figure out how neutralize the damage caused by the garbage islands in the seven seas especially the tons of plastic that the fish are ingesting and therefore, we are as well. A third might develop a vaccine against hatred, greed and lust for power. Possibilities are endless if we can only keep the faith. And to learn how to live in harmony with each other and the Planet. But that also takes intelligence in addition to faith.
 
 
+14 # PABLO DIABLO 2017-09-12 13:17
The hurricanes have brought people together. We started helping each other again (instead of fighting in the streets). End "Divide and Conquer" NOW. Or better yet fuel the "Divide and Conquer" in the U.S.Congress. Vote them out.
 
 
+1 # Depressionborn 2017-09-12 18:22
# vamom1 speaks well of the past. Not too good of a place unless your were white and had the law. Racist, there was even a law forbidding the teaching of “negroes” to read and write. (really).
It seems to be still in effect. If someone wants to keep a race down they would subvert their schools, [remember the old law?]. Making sure inner city kids can’t fill out a job application might be a school something like this:
• Acquire an incompetent staff
• Hire bad teachers who do not know their subject
• Eliminate discipline, keep the bad teachers
• Punish anyone who starts a good school
• Destroy those who want to fix the system
 
 
+1 # randrjwr 2017-09-15 22:48
Quoting Depressionborn:
# vamom1 speaks well of the past. Not too good of a place unless your were white and had the law. Racist, there was even a law forbidding the teaching of “negroes” to read and write. (really).
It seems to be still in effect. If someone wants to keep a race down they would subvert their schools, [remember the old law?]. Making sure inner city kids can’t fill out a job application might be a school something like this:
• Acquire an incompetent staff
• Hire bad teachers who do not know their subject
• Eliminate discipline, keep the bad teachers
• Punish anyone who starts a good school
• Destroy those who want to fix the system



Betsy DeVos has accepted this challenge with gusto.
 
 
+1 # elkingo 2017-09-14 21:00
I admire DepressionBorn' s idyllic childhood. I was born on the doorstop of the War, but I have had angst about the world ever since.There has always been something terribly and threateningly wrong. True, I come from an abusive family, themselves responding to history's insanities. And Wise Woman, there is a vaccine against hatred, greed, lust for power etc. Socialism.
 

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