I’m not even sure what day we are in this anymore. To be honest, I’m not even sure what the actual calendar date is. I know it’s a Tuesday (or maybe early Wednesday) in April.
I really don’t even care. It’s a defect.
I was thinking today about what’s been lost in all this. Not economically or politically or culturally – there are professionals to worry about that stuff, and I’m not one – but mentally.
And not mentally in the sense of the psyche toll – we already know that’s been irretrievably broken. It’s a loss.
But the mental debt we now have in the subtlety of being human and communicating like humans. The eloquence of framing a thought or argument or soulful statement in a way that was such a joy to read or hear when executed properly.
This is eroding.
It was a murder victim of social media long before Coronavirus, but that long, last nail has been driven into the coffin I’m afraid.
Even in disagreement there used to be a softness to our approach – not anymore. It’s harsh and rude and uncaring and narcissistic and leaves a swath of destruction in its wake.
There used to be an art to dismantling an opponents position – to unpuzzeling a well constructed, albeit wrong, defense.
I’m going to miss that.