Twirling Through It: Five Minutes Before the Recess Bell

Posted on May 08, 2021

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But it’s become clear to us that something has changed for a lot of people over the past year. The pandemic may not be the catalyst for tremendous shifts in society and culture, but it definitely exacerbated an already existing problem in America; the constant need to turn everything into a culture war battle, to reduce everything to a binary set of choices: pro or con, black or white, with us or against us. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, we might even have to admit that a lot of us don’t even know what the fights are even about anymore because everything has become so tribal. A lot of us are looking at our neighbors, family members and fellow Americans with a less trusting, more critical gaze. A lot of us are noting just how many institutions failed us this past year and how often they did so; just how many neighbors demonstrated a very different sense of community than we thought was the common perception. Given that shift in perspective, it’s easy to believe that some sort of change is about to occur, good or bad. We didn’t reach our breaking point as a country and that’s something to be optimistic about, but it sure got bent to the point that it doesn’t feel like it’ll straighten out ever again.

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