Community 02/19/21

The snow is still here.

I’ve been driving Rios back and forth to work up in the city. I’ve seen cars stuck in the snow, cars stuck in their driveways, semis tipped over, the whole nine yards.

It struck me the other day how ill prepared we are for basic changes in the weather. Sure, this is an historic storm, with temperatures that dipped to -14 F, which yes, is rare for this part of the country.

But still…we can’t have a bit of bad weather without people freezing to death?

Mysteries of life. Growing up in America is a strange experience. On the one hand, we have a largely great standard of living compared to most of the world. On the other, you learn very quickly that absolutely no one is looking out for you in the highest chambers of government. Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to walk around knowing that, god forbid, something bad happened to you, the government would take care of it.

I’ve never felt that.

Whenever things get tough around here, I like to say “we’ll figure out how to get through it.” It’s a statement of grit and determination, sure, but it’s also the cold fact of the situation. We’ll figure it out, or we’ll be in deep shit.

I wonder sometimes why a government couldn’t be like that. A huge reservoir of money that tells you “we’ll figure it out.” You know, so people don’t freeze to death. It’s too big to think about, and there are no good answers to any of this. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just “eat the rich” and have that fix everything? The brain worms are in all of us, now.

The importance of a local network is more important than it has ever been. The past hundred years of rugged individualism has run its course. The answer, of course, is not to switch to communism, which is both impossible and undesirable (for example: most times it’s been tried in history).

The local network is comprised of people who genuinely care about each other. It’s neighbors and friends, and if you’re lucky, family. A group of people who understand that no help is on the way, and all we can do is sacrifice for each other.

Did I stop for any of those people stuck in the snow? No. Should I have? Maybe!

But if one of my buddies called me up with a problem, I’d drive through two feet of snow to go help them out. That’s the kind of network I’m talking about.

Keep your friends close. Build bonds with them. Call them if they’re hurting.

Because no one else is coming to help.

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