I watched Judge Brown, soon to be Justice Brown, exhibit amazing grace, and control while being barraged with irrelevant, racist, and insulting questions during her Senate confirmation hearing. I had never heard of her before, after listening to 30 minutes of the hearing, she is amazing. I wouldn't have made it through the process. I would have told a couple of them what @$$holes they are. There are reasons I will never enter politics.
Ukraine, the world stands by while a despot bombs the country into "smoldering ruins!" We offered the President an escape route, he said "send bullets!" The world saw it coming, and stood by and waited. Thousands of people have died, millions of lives torn apart, and the world watched. A dark time in world history.
We recently watched the Jeopardy College Tournament, and were shocked at the sheer lack of knowledge of events that happened in the 1960's - 1990. It was before they were born, and not long ago enough to be in the history books. I remember my parents being shocked when I was in school in the 60's and 70's at the lack of information about World War II, and Korea. I didn't really learn about the holocaust until I was in college in the late 1980's, and then really only because of one professor who felt we needed to know so we wouldn't stand by and watch a repeat of the past.
Oh My, this is depressing. What Good is happening.
I had lunch with a new colleague recently. I was trying to explain what we really do. We are paid (relatively well) to study complex issues, think deep thoughts, help others understand the issues. We can spend time seeking deeper understanding of issues we are passionate about. All of us came at some point from the front lines, with a single view on the issues, the solutions and how they work. Starting to look at the issues from multiple points of view, finding the interconnectedness of it all, I find inspiring. The longer I do this, the more I realize how little I knew, and how much there is left for me to learn. It is what has kept me here for 13 years, it is what drives me through the long weeks.
The spring bloom is at its peak here in the DC area. Lots of blooming trees, the trees are starting to leaf, the grass has that bright spring green. Still the occasional cold wind.