I am in the midst of what I call Zebra Days. Have you ever watched the television nature programs where a lion chases a herd of zebras? The lion eventually catches one and has a tasty dinner. The zebra herd does not look back. They keep running. Adrenaline racing through their system. After a while they slow down and graze in peace. Anxiety, even in Zebras, takes a break.
We live in constant Zebra days. A state of fear of impending environmental, economic, medical, social and political catastrophes is hovering over our heads. Daily streams of information populate our minds. We wake up to droughts, famines, floods, poverty, addiction, crime, earthquakes, illness, death streaming through our news sources.
It’s not even the cataclysmic disasters that are keeping us in this Zebra state. The cumulative impact of all the austerity measures on the poor, the elderly, the disabled is enough to keep you in a state of pure zebra fear. The disregard for the children, their education and welfare in the guise of austerity and reform makes me tremble. The young people entering the work world with low wages and a complete disregard for the welfare of workers. Worse of all, is the feeling that there is no glimmer of hope around the corner. Our systems are failing. Power is in the hands of a few without a clear commitment to a just society. A commitment to a shared outcome. We have been blown asunder into millions of individual entities struggling for survival. Like the Zebras, we run. We know some will get caught by the lion. The problem is that the lion does not let up in our situation.
No wonder May 21st, the Rapture Prophecy captivated our imagination. What a relief if it would be if all the catastrophes we fear just happened tomorrow? We can then go on and get off that high anxiety mode our constant zebra days. Harold Camping guy is really offering us a release, a nice distraction of collective glee. We can dramatize all the dooms in a nice package and have a laugh. The dooms and catastrophes have always been with us. But we had time to not think about them.
We just need a glimmer. A light. We cannot live like zebras. Actually, zebras, get a momentary respit from the chase. We do not get such gifts. The prophecy of the Rapture is the only relief we have, at least until tomorrow. Wait, the Mayan calendar doom, December 21, 2011 is up next. We can prepare for another fun distraction.