This story interests me, especially given the context I live in right now, where I count six heterosexual couples who are wrestling with an identical crisis: the man being seemingly unable to change his ways, and especially to make decisions, which makes the female in the couple liable for a huge daily burden. Odd that such a confluence of couples with the same crisis are in my field . . . and a huge difference from the man in the couple whose present imaginative reach is described below. See Christopher Catambrone’s bio here. Truly a man of action who sees opportunity where others would only see crisis. Not sure about the ethics of all his activities — are some of them making a profit off Empire’s Military Industrial Complex? — and if so, is an action like that described below an effort to salve his conscience? And deeper, is there any way to “make lots of money” without at least tangentially feeding off the MIC?
In any case, it’s wonderful to see such a rich imagination in action, and a couple who steps up to the plate when what is directly in front of them is something that they have the will and the means to address.
Then what? Will they also follow these migrants to land, to help them settle in? And how will that affect resident populations?
And what about this so-called United States? The coming migrations out of California, and possibly, other western states, if the drought continues? The flight from both coasts, as sea levels rise? Who will welcome the pilgrims, some of them penniless, desperate? What is ours, specifically ours to do? On and on. We live together in one crowded, increasingly fractious, chaotic, and yet deeply human world. How each of us responds to what is directly in front of us with what we personally, and in groups, have the will and the means to address, shapes the direction of our common future.
March 25, 2015
by Leila Fadel