I live in Indiana now. But I was born and reared in Pennsylvania and spent the first 56 years of my life there. I’ll always consider it home. Which is why it pains me to see what’s been happening there.
Yesterday, it was the senseless slaughter of innocents in Pittsburgh, where I used to live and work. But it’s larger than that. A fog of idiocy and hatred seems to have enveloped the state.
I have a cousin who lives there who used to be smart. She’s now dumb. Dumb as a log. She’s been consumed by a hate-filled ideology and meanness that is abhorrent. But she’s not the only one.
Now an ideological idiot (all ideologues are idiots) is the Republican candidate for the governorship of the state. Let me introduce you to this man. Just watch this.
How does such an idiot become the standard bearer of a major party for the state’s highest office?
That’s a rhetorical question. Need I remind you who is serving in high positions in Washington?
Fortunately, all of the idiocy has not been for naught. It has caused me to examine my own life. My own self. It’s caused me to question my reactions. My emotions. My own idiocy.
The world is a crazy and cruel place. We have been taught how to navigate it and change it. But I’ve discovered most of what we are taught is flawed. An illusion. Constructs that fail to serve us well during trying times such as this.
If Pennsylvania choses to elect an idiot, no one should be surprised. Or too upset. This idiot has no power over any of us, no matter what position he holds.
In the meantime, I’ve got to get back to the task of ameliorating my own idiocy. God knows I have a ways to go.