my country thistle trees

6/21/11

With the 4th of July coming up, I’m writing a blog letter to my possible grandchildren about the “state of America” right now. Yes, I know that’s eye-rollingly presumptive, but is there anything you’d like to add?

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my mom’s grandparents John and Pearl, circa 1911

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  1. Claverack Weekender

    We live in strange times, don’t we? Our republic appears to be rotting: implementing and condoning torture, surveillance, executions, and wars of choice. Our unmanned drones are beavering away firing missiles on “high value enemy targets and individuals” in Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, etc, including American citizens. Targets identified by whom and for what purpose? Found guilty by what trial? The current debate is about the monetary cost of these wars, not the damage to our institutions of freedom and justice. Our $14.29 trillion debt limit is apparently too small, so we need to raise the cap. We need an XXXL debt for our XXXL society that is getting fatter and lazier by the day. At least we got the new iphone 5 coming out soon, phew. Complicity through passivity.
    In other news, though, have you tried turntable.fm? It’s actually pretty cool.

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  2. bridget

    I might write about and show them pictures of oceans with fish. Water you could drink right out of the tap. Not being trackable/available every second of the day through technology. I might also tell them about witnessing history in form of our first black president and gay people getting the right to marry (soon surely).
    When I think of all my grandmother witnessed, I’m amazed at how different the world will be for them.

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  3. Scott

    The facts of our time probably don’t need to be recorded – our collective ability to record data now surpasses our collective ability to process it. I’d talk about the feeling of this time – like folks describing the feeling of the 60s. That odd feeling of constant angst, worry, gratitude and optimism all wrapped up together. The feeling that life profoundly changed on 9/11/01, but that we are still figuring out what that means. The developing sense of being “too” connected, too plugged-into-the-system. I would think that having that perspective on this point in history would be really interesting. Like reading about someone living through the Roaring 20s, their hijinks, their (now relative) isolation, their barely hidden disdain for the social conservatives of their time – but reading that perspective knowing that the Great Depression is about to smack them in the jaw and that their children will go off to fight in WWII.
    But, maybe I’m just too much of a liberal arts major at heart.

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  4. Ehren

    I’m sure my brand of sunny optimism is maybe not what you’re looking for, but I would make a list of awful things and wonder how many of them would no longer exist by the time your possible grandchildren were old enough to understand it. Our world is so much better than it was in the 1960s, I marvel at what is to come. Barack Obama is president now, but he couldn’t order a sandwich in big parts of the country 45 years ago. Women are getting more college degrees than men now, but they weren’t accepted to Oxford 45 years ago. We like to complain because we always want to improve, but the world is a much better place these days.

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  5. monheric

    The feeling of having so much energy to use that you didn’t even have to measure it. They’ll marvel at that one.

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