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Rather writes: "So much sadness and anxiety. Horrific mass murder in Great Britain. Young lives of promise and hope ended in an flash of depravity and evil. A budget proposal so cruel and heartless. Tax cuts for plutocrats on the backs of families who worry each night about feeding their children or caring for a the sick. Not to mention huge cuts to medical research."

Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)
Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)


We Must Be Steady as the Winds of Our Age Swirl and Rattle at Our Souls

By Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page

28 May 17

 

he winds of our age howl and swirl and rattle the windows of our souls. So much sadness and anxiety.

Horrific mass murder in Great Britain. Young lives of promise and hope ended in an flash of depravity and evil.

A budget proposal so cruel and heartless. Tax cuts for plutocrats on the backs of families who worry each night about feeding their children or caring for a the sick. Not to mention huge cuts to medical research.

Daily bombshells of an investigation into the undermining of our democracy by a hostile foreign power and the potentially active collaboration by some of our own citizens. Now, we confront serious fears of obstruction of justice.

To all this we add so much more... desperate refugees fleeing war zones... a belligerent and unstable nation firing off missiles and boasting of nuclear weapons...a climate warming...add your own concerns to a list that can take so many forms...

And yet... and yet...

I go for a walk on a glorious spring day and see the flowers in resplendent bloom.

I hear the chatter of school children at the bus stop apprising their friends of pending summer activities.

The sun is out late as I settle into my favorite chair and turn on the television to the familiar chatter of a baseball game - words and phrases that I have heard since my youth

There are new books in the window of the local bookstore begging to be bought for a summer read.

Even the headlines in the newspaper suggest our nation may survive this stress test to its democracy. Congressional hearings heating up. An acknowledgement that this budget is dead on arrival. Spirited races for Congressional seats and a growth in civic engagement across the country.

There was a time when many of you asked me if I thought this was potentially the end to our way of life. I have returned many times to a word that was one of my father's favorites and has guided me since I was a child - steady.

Over the course of my lifetime the world has been shrouded many times in darkness and despair. It took courage and action to persevere and it will require that again. But somehow our precious Earth kept spinning. And as the sun crests on the horizon in the east this morning, I know it spins again today.


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+7 # babaregi 2017-05-28 12:33
Thank you, Dan, for your words of reassurance.

But the truth is: Our world (as we know it) is on an exponentially accelerating path of change that your 85 years of life (spent in a relatively slow lane) has not prepared you for, in making such predictions.

A knowledge of History might not be as useful as it once was for making predictions as the changes become overwhelming fast.

On the other hand, a little historical knowledge, say about Islam, for example, can be useful when deciding what to do currently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y
 
 
-1 # MidwestDick 2017-05-28 14:42
Why are you bringing this stuff to this article? It has nothing to do with Drudge or Islamophobia. What is wrong with you.
A bright optimistic oration about hope in the difficult times we live in is spoiled by your mean sour hatreds.
 
 
0 # babaregi 2017-05-30 10:33
Quoting MidwestDick:
Why are you bringing this stuff to this article? It has nothing to do with Drudge or Islamophobia. What is wrong with you.
A bright optimistic oration about hope in the difficult times we live in is spoiled by your mean sour hatreds.


Why do I bring up other topics? Because you Social Justice Warriors carefully avoid talking about them in a balanced way!

Patiently waiting for an opportunity that will never happen allows you to control the dialogue and frame 'reality' to your specifications.

Dan Rather is a nice old man, a bit wishful thinker IMO, but no hate.

However, I don't see much good sense coming out of the new left these days so I chime in when I can!
 
 
-3 # Henry 2017-05-28 15:36
Guess you told Dan Rather a thing or two, huh?
 
 
-4 # ericlipps 2017-05-29 07:04
In other words:

(1) You don't understand the New World Order in which we're living, you old fart, so shut up.

(2) A knowledge of history may not be useful in predicting what's going to happen, but even if it isn't, we should rely on it in anticipating what's going to happen, and

(3) We should also rely on a knowledge of history in evaluating what's already happening.

Regarding points (2) and (3), further translation boils them down to: A knowledge of history is useful only when I say it is, and in whatever way I say it is.
 
 
-1 # babaregi 2017-05-30 10:37
Quoting ericlipps:
In other words:

(1) You don't understand the New World Order in which we're living, you old fart, so shut up.

(2) A knowledge of history may not be useful in predicting what's going to happen, but even if it isn't, we should rely on it in anticipating what's going to happen, and

(3) We should also rely on a knowledge of history in evaluating what's already happening.

Regarding points (2) and (3), further translation boils them down to: A knowledge of history is useful only when I say it is, and in whatever way I say it is.



Yep, those sure are 'other words'.

I love the liberal thought process when it comes to spinning fantasy views to justify your emotional take on the world.
 
 
+2 # The Ice Maiden 2017-05-31 12:10
What stands out in my mind, reading thru babaregl's comments, is the last sentence above referring to "the liberal thought process".

In categorizing reactions in this way, babaregl lost all credibility

Liberal - if one took the time to look up its definition - is defined as OPEN-MINDED. It's hard for me to understand how such a good thing got turned into a put-down
 
 
0 # kyzipster 2017-05-29 11:07
Cherry picking history like a fundie Christian cherry picking the Old Testament to legitimize their hate..
 
 
+16 # Saberoff 2017-05-28 14:00
A real poet.
 
 
+5 # Guangzhou 2017-05-28 23:01
I really like Dan Rather and have admired him for many years. Mr. Rather can be counted on to tell the truth. And if he is eighty-five, he certainly doesn't look it--appears to be at least twenty years younger. His spirit is ageless.
 
 
+4 # aljoschu 2017-05-28 15:18
"Horrific mass murder in Great Britain." -Yes, true. But as much as one despises these murderers, it had been you Americans who started the murdering - let's never forget that. Let's never forget the Hooray yelling in Washington Post and New York Times when the bombs fell over Bagdad during "shock and awe". We may mourn and holler,;but we have not been even a jota better than they. No, we are worse, much worse, much more evil: Because they are mostly young men full of hatred and feelings of revenge, but we have been older, experienced men and women who did know better, but we went for the money, for the capital, for the resources, and of course, for our geo-political interests. - Wouldn't you rather prefer to be an angry young man?
 
 
+3 # wantrealdemocracy 2017-05-29 09:00
Most true statement in this post is, "it had been you Americans who started the murdering-let's never forget that". We, the United States who are the terrorists. We are bombing the blazes out of the whole of the middle east for the expansion of 'Greater Israel'. The United States is following the orders of Israel. We must clean our government of people who are citizens of Israel.

We did go for the "money, for the capital,for the resources and of course for our geo-political interests"----b ut mainly for the interests of the Zionists.
 
 
+1 # kyzipster 2017-05-29 19:08
Margaret Thatcher's influence on Bush Sr with Kuwait and Tony Blair's alliance with Junior spreads the guilt around a bit.
 
 
+4 # jwb110 2017-05-28 15:33
I like the statement about ending funding to medical research....who is running the Death Panels now!?!?
 
 
+3 # Texas Aggie 2017-05-28 16:01
"Not to mention huge cuts to medical research."

Just saw a note that Lamar Smith, one of the main antiscience trolls in Congress, is a Christian Scientist and doesn't believe in medical science. Indeed his wife died because of lack of medical treatment. This may be symptomatic of the worldview that has brought us to the path we're on. When so many people are either skeptical or flat out nonbelievers in science and reality, then you can expect people to have no problem with something like that.

It isn't just the right wingers either. Last night I got into a "discussion" with an educated Belgian who insisted that homeopathy was valid and that it had been shown to work. She insisted that water was able to "remember" what had previously been dissolved in it. How do you argue with a nitwit like that that doesn't accept even the basics of how the world works?
 
 
+6 # HStone 2017-05-28 16:27
Interesting to me that "climate warming" seems like an afterthought in Dan's list. With all due respect to the accomplished and honorable journalist, this is a you-bet-human-c ivilization moment for the children and grandchildren alive today. Until we have confidence in some action plan, this is the emergency of our time.
 
 
+8 # marysimmons_reformusanet 2017-05-28 20:18
Dan Rather gave America the news, when America was a far more powerful nation. America had hundreds more factories and millions more good jobs. Now, the world's wealth has shifted to China, Japan and Germany. Dan, we need you! We need your wisdom! Stop enriching China, Japan and Germany! Let's bring back some wealth to America! Workers need more wealth and CEO's less wealth!
 
 
+1 # Shelbey 2017-05-29 12:34
Here, Dan Rather is epitomizing everything the Law of Attraction is about. In order to get through all of this, even in observing all of these unwanted things, as we decide what we DO want, we need to to be able to find things feel good about to inspire us to better experiences. What can be better than observing nature and the good in our lives? What we focus our feelings on is what we attract. Good or bad.
 
 
+4 # chapdrum 2017-05-29 13:03
Rather means well, and I appreciate his statement(s). But what he is suggesting reminds me of something else we are supposed to endure (with quiet character), and that is the prospect of 23,000,000 Americans losing their health insurance. With these two phenomena, are the American people being punished for something?
 

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