During a month when many were celebrating humanity’s treasured capacity for expressing love, the ruling oligarchs of Russia convinced themselves the brutality of bombs, bullets, rape, and highly-sophisticated campaigns of misinformation could somehow erase one historical truth and replace it with another. On other pages of this same defining period, far-right American extremists continued to allow fear of an imagined future, in which they are forced to exist as subservient social and political drones, to persuade them gun violence is their only salvation.
This devotion to death and destruction brings to mind a question many continuously struggle to answer: How can we as a species be so superbly accomplished in certain ways and yet so dismally regressive in others? Why do we avoid useful answers––like unwarranted fear of “otherness,” unchecked greed, and addiction to power––which have been available for centuries? Why do we refuse to correct ourselves?
Contemporary award-winning American author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.