The Elephant

I’m having trouble focusing on the significance of a lot of things. We have a situation in Ukraine that seems to be spiraling out of control, but here at home we try to ignore that and just get on with daily life.

There’s a new Masters champion and I’m happy for him, but the hoopla surrounding that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans compared with what else is going on in the world. It’s like we know that Putin is a loose cannon capable of just about any heinous act, including drawing us in and escalating to Armageddon. But we choose to ignore that and take solace instead in the start of a new baseball season and “the roars are back” at the Masters and the Easter bunny is coming and the kitchen needs remodeling and maybe, at last, Covid is receding in the rearview mirror.

Fucking Vladimir Putin. Much of the world recognizes the depravity and wants no part of it. But at the same time, don’t we have to stop and realize the consequences of our apathy and inaction? Vocal support and other shows of solidarity are nice, but basically window dressing.

It is, without a doubt, a sticky situation—no one wants to play into Putin’s hands and cause a widening of hostilities. But the people of Ukraine are crying out, and it seems hardly anyone is really listening.

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