Jim Murray en Communications and journalism, beBee in English, Marketing Partner, Bullet Proof Consulting: Creative Director, Writer, Art Director, Project Manager • Onwords & Upwords Inc 12/1/2018 · 3 min de lectura · +800

The End Of The Innocence

The End Of The Innocence

“O' beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king

Armchair warriors often fail
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Since daddy had to lie…."

Don Henley from The End Of The Innocence

I have lived through several seismic shifts in our culture, and each one of those shifts has changed me, and I assume, everyone else as well.

When I was younger, I never thought much about cultural shifting. I just rode with it and tried to stay out of the way of anything I thought might turn out to be dangerous to my mental health.

For a writer, which is something I have been since the 1960s, mental health is very important.

As I grew, I found myself working hard to keep my perspective and understand the implications of the changes that were occurring. A lot of times I would be critical of them, especially if they didn’t make much sense to me.

But the older I got, the more I started to see that the world I was living is was one that was in a constant state of turmoil.

In the comfortable and relatively secure middle class world and democracy in which I lived the seismic shifts were mainly something I was observing. Other than the occasional periods of being between jobs, my life was pretty cushy and it was relatively easy to be philosophical about all the stuff that was going on outside my bubble.

That didn’t mean I was apathetic or uncaring. I mostly just felt lucky that my life wasn’t being torn apart by forces over which I had no control.

As I matured as a writer, I also matured as a thinker, and with that came a genuine clarity, at least in my mind, about the things that I was seeing around me. With that clarity came understanding. And with that understanding came an odd sort of peace of mind, all inside the bubble of being in a country where real chaos did not, for the most part, exist.

I was writing from the outside of a lot of the chaos that many places in the world were experiencing. The physical distance between me and that chaos was a buffer that protected me. But it was also a front row seat through which I could see things clearly. And write about, IMHO, lucidly.

But during the past couple of years, I have seen the chaos of the world edge closer and closer to my own front door.

What is happening literally 20 miles from where I am sitting right now, is, while, not unprecedented, something that is rippling though my little Canadian bubble.

And what it signifies to me is that even when you think you are safe and removed from the fray, you’re actually not.

The chaos in America today is something I have never experienced this up close and personal in my life. Maybe it has a lot to do with the fact that it’s in my face a lot more, because of all the media channels that are being dominated by it.

But it is nonetheless, quite unsettling. Because the clarity I have from my perch, now  just slightly removed from it all, is becoming more and more subjective, as the degree of insanity grows and flows and infects us here.

You can agree or disagree with the politics of what is happening, but if you can’t see the insanity of it, then I would strongly argue that you have your head stuck deep in the sand.

The US is my country’s largest trading partner. 70% of our exports go there and so our futures are inextricably bound by economics, as well as a shared belief in freedom and democracy.

But there is something very wrong down there. And I believe it is taking that country to a place where it has never been and really and, at its core, does not want to go.

The fear, hatred and divisiveness that it being generated in America these days is not just hype. It’s real deal and it’s becoming more and more pervasive as it spreads.

I have been a close observer and honestly have not, since the early seventies, seen this country in the kind of turmoil in which it finds itself. It feels very much like the beginnings of a huge seismic shift in the world order. And it scares the crap out of me.

I titled this piece The End Of The Innocence, because that’s exactly how I see it. My only hope is that the light at the end of this tunnel is not a runaway train coming at America. My concern is echoed by an ever growing number of people who are much smarter and better informed than I am. But it is the same concern.

America is being steered off course by people who are all in over their heads, are being led by someone whose only agenda is self-enrichment and being manipulated by others whose agendas very much appear to be about blowing up this democracy and replacing it with who knows what. It is corruption, deceit and cultural shifting on a scale we have never seen before.

And it really needs to be stopped before it's too late.

That is not a political statement. but a fact based on everything that everyone not wearing political blinders or rose-coloured glasses, can see very clearly.

The End Of The Innocence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVGbE2vWiK4

jim out.

In addition to being a beBee Brand Ambassador, Jim Murray is a blogger, marketer and creative professional. His partner, Charlene Norman is business strategist and operations tactician. Their collaboration, Bullet Proof Consulting, specializes in strategically focused brand engineering: Helping companies achieve, greater operational efficiency and productivity, more effective branding, stronger reputation management and ultimately, increased profitability. In short, Bullet Proof helps companies change their thinking for the better. Find out more at www.bulletproofconsulting.ca

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Brian McKenzie 15/1/2018 · #17

#16 then why are you still surprised by the suicidal downward spiral?

Jim Murray 14/1/2018 · #16

#15 You don't have to have gone to war to recognize the insanity of it all, Brian. All you have to do is keep your fucking eyes open and you will see it all.

Brian McKenzie 13/1/2018 · #15

You should have gone to war in your teens - then the game across the stage would be old hat and well trodden familiarity. The puck has moved - Asia holds the next Superpower, alas, poor America ~ I knew thee хорошо.

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Jim Murray 13/1/2018 · #14

@Paul Walters...I agree and disagree. I agree with you about the nature of the America people and I know many of them myself who are doing their best to ignore most of what is happening and get on with things. But they are all concerned with heath care, and employment opportunities the quality of which are both under siege at the moment. I disagree that the impact of this is not far reaching, especially when you consider North Korea. I don't think you are naive. I do believe you feel you have better things to do, and that's great. I work for Canadian businesses, which are directly impacted by the actions of the US, and that is my primary concern. But I think this will be the year that the situation, while not necessarily getting rectified, may change for the better, especially if there is real opposition to him in the congress and senate.

Paul Walters 13/1/2018 · #13

@Jim Murray Maybe I am a little naive but for me, I don't see it that way. As a frequent visitor to that country 20 miles from you ( although now I won't visit until that zealot has been removed from office) I have found that most Americans I have met and become friends with ( probably all Democrats ) are resilient, hard-working folk and proud of their country and its achievements. Indonesia with its 300 million souls do not ponder on the antics of the 'king with no clothes' in fact they, on the whole, don't really know who he is, or indeed care. I think the 24-hour news cycle feeds the addiction of Trump watchers and these days we don't really know what is true or what is not. he makes great fodder for journalists and in fact anyone who wishes to write about him. Sanity I pray will actually prevail but in many ways the damage to America, if the man runs a full term, will be damaging and terribly long lasting allowing China to fill the void left so perilously empty. Turn off the telly, ignore the press, read none of the articles on FB for just a week and like a bad headache, Trump actually does disappear. Yup I'm naive but really at this stage of my life I try to avoid toxic people and HE is the most toxic and consequently I find it a little refreshing. All will be well Jim, I'm a huge optimist, a misguided one but an optimist all the same.

Jim Murray 13/1/2018 · #12

#10 I don't think of it as any sort of traditional metatonia. I have always been a bit of a crusader. I did the same thing when Harper was Prime Minister and Rob Ford was Mayor of Toronto. I just believed that these people did not have the best interest of the people they served at heart. Trump is a much easier call to make since he is obviously chronically narcissistic, racist and morally bankrupt.

I definitely am going through some changes adjusting to being free to choose whether or not to actually work, in the traditional and how to make the best use of my time. I find it all very interesting and not at all dull. I'm seriously considering writing an autobiography called Diary Of A Regular Canuk or something like that. I'm just a little light on the very early years.

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Kevin Baker 12/1/2018 · #11

Blind leading the blind :) ha

CityVP 🐝 Manjit 12/1/2018 · #10

You have that conviction as do those incredible activists who place themselves in physical harms way to speak out. Ironically if you were on German social media as of 1st January 2018, speaking out by even using a word like "idiot" has got people censored https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/germany-s-social-media-hate-speech-ban-faces-wide-backlash-1.3350093 My litmus test is whether I am stuck in an echo chamber vs. opening my eyes further afield. The reach we individually have is global today well beyond America and I am seeing that our loss is becoming someone else's gain.

I am cognoscente of my own mental bandwidth, which is my learning and so in part I want to increase my resilience of that bandwidth but also enter spaces that may stretch me too thin but compensate my awareness because I am take in greater diversity. In that regard I have learned to switch away from CNN but continue to lookout for good documentaries, an example of which was the Alzheimer doc on Glen Campbell http://www.cnn.com/shows/glen-campbell-ill-be-me which was an insightful piece of work.

I am fascinated by your personal reflections because what I see in your writing now is a metanoia I never saw before and that I find ever so fascinating - so I definitely appreciate that part of your being you share here. I am not talking about metanoia as a form of repentance but as a form of deeper transformation. IMHO your spiritual being is your anxiety and your recognition of how that anxiety shapes your spirit. Anxiety takes different forms and boredom is one form but yours is the opposite - I call that a spiritual form.