Hello, this is my new web comic, which will be posted on this site every Monday.
Integrity … Holistic … Interconnected … Gestalt … Unity. All concepts that are near and dear to me. Concepts this country badly needs to take to heart. For healing the divisions and to move forward as one United nation. It’s in the name of the country for god’s sake. And that’s the only way to realize our potential.
ON The Fence is an attempt to depict the ridiculousness that has overtaken the country. A full analysis of what has gone so wrong with the direction we have been heading since the 1980s is necessary and though that is beyond my capabilities I do know one thing for certain. My generation, the Boomers, bear the lion’s share of the blame. Born into a triumphant country, the leader of the world, with a brand new infrastructure and the potential to create as near a Utopian future as possible. Instead we bifurcated into those who could see the possibilities and attempted to realize them within their own lives (the go with the flow, self realization sort). And those who used the unlimited possibilities to put themselves first and to exploit others in the pursuit of wealth and power (the Greed is Good sort).
Though I’m clearly on the self realization side, I don’t absolve either side from blame because both sides acted out of self-interest and ignored the big picture. The greater good. The right might say it’s a moral failing due to the loss of control of society by religion. The left might say it’s a failure of education to teach ethical behavior. There’s plenty of blame to go around.
But the important question to me is how did we get so far off the path of fairness and decency to our fellow citizens and what do we do to fix it? I don’t have the answer although I’ve spent unknowable hours ruminating over it during this last disaster of a year. A year that did not need to play out that way. Let’s face it, if Americans were educated, informed citizens, the last administration would have never been elected in the first place. The pandemic would have been largely averted.
As a person who wrote a research paper about epidemics and plague in college and who always had an interest in the topic, I knew since March 2020 beyond any doubt that our former leadership was totally fumbling the response to COVID -19. Now the economy has sustained “substantial” (another word ruined by he who shall remain nameless) long term damage. It didn’t need to be this way. So On The Fence is my new web comic. My puny attempt to scream “HEY BOOMER” and take a close look at the state of affairs with humor. And it is my hope, to discover a little insight as to how to repair the damage.