The body is complex system.
The body politic is a complex system.
An economy is a complex system.
A government, its people, their societies, economies, media landscapes, loves and lonelinesses is a complex system.
What can you say about complex systems?
It is hard to know how everything fits together.
If you make a change, it is hard to know how that change will fit into and interact with the system as a whole.
If you suggest a change, it is hard to know what people will do with that suggestion.
So I don’t know what to say about complex systems.
But I will say that with democracy, we can all move together in honest open open-minded, good-hearted consideration. And so we should work to improve democracy.
What is it to improve democracy?
Open, honest, transparent, gentle, clear, aware, accurate, competent, compassionate, loving kind: without these goods, no human thought/action is meaningful to any human. So there’s no way we can meaningfully engage in our shared system unless we preserve those goods. That’s what we can agree on. That’s where we should share our stand. That’s what a writer can suggest.
See the Something Deeperism Insitute, or A Readable Reader or First Essays [on But the Books!] for more on these obsessions.
We’re right about this starting point, but what next and what now?
Oh God I’m so worried.
Oh God I’m so torn.
O God I’m so down.
In this here time.