Feeling Discouraged Today

I hate when I see evidence of good people behaving badly, and holding some ugly ideas. How will things ever change?

A sign on the highway. I pressed the shutter just a second too late, but it said “social distancing.” Which many runners continue to ignore. It’s supposed to thunderstorm, but I need a good long walk and plan to head out there in a little while. Look at the water in this shot. It was like glass. I pretty much never see it like that ever.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Feeling Discouraged Today

  1. I know just how you feel. On the other hand, there’s this.
    I went to Target for necessities the other day, full cart because I don’t intend to go back soon, and was just waiting for a long time in line. Mainly because an old couple in front of me, with maybe 6 items in their basket, were taking the time to argue that they deserved a $5 gift card for some promotion. The clerk discussed it for a while and sent them to the service desk (where I passed them later and the person there was trying to explain they had not bought the items on the promotion). When I got to her I said, Well, I see people are still taking the time to argue for every last $5. And the young clerk smiled (with her eyes, she had on a mask) and said, “People are still people.” She said it with a lot less anger than I would have, bless her heart.
    So: people are still people, and always will be. Do the best you can and set the kindest example possible and hopefully that will be enough (as I once heard Philip Gourevitch say in a presentation, and God knows he had seen some shit) to keep the barbarians outside the door.
    Just give the runners some room, if possible, people are still people, after all.

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