A new direction 

Facebook helped me in many ways understand the tension, distrust and simmering anger on all sides of the political spectrum over the past year and a half. It has served its purpose. I know now that it is not a vehicle for change—only confirmation. While at times I thought I was making headway in the persuasion department, in reality I was just encouraging others to hunker down. What is clear to me now is that we have a national malaise of indifference towards the planet, the equality of others and basic human decency. The hatred towards women, the misogyny and their basic rights to personal choices with regard to their reproductive rights is beyond comprehension. The elevation of greed over simplicity; consumption over conservation; exploitation over preservation; willful ignorance over education; and hatred over love has hit me hard. I thought we were finally at a mature and thoughtful place as a nation. Sadly we are regressing at an accelerated pace. We are now a nation being run by infantile extremists who share nothing in common with me. When I was younger I would have fought back. I tried through commentary. But the tone-deafness is so entrenched that I believe we are more than a generation away from restarting the 1960s dreams our generation set in motion. We fought so hard. I will enter my old age sad and feel most, but not all, was for naught. For the first time in a long while I am not optimistic.

I am going back to using Facebook for keeping up with friends, family and a select group of colleagues from work and other offices. I am looking forward to posting my progress as an artist. The encouragement, in the face of my naive and clumsy beginnings, are really wonderful and give me courage to keep exploring. Thanks to everyone.

I will use this blog to muse on life and it’s complex set of ever-changing perplexities. If you want to follow this blog feel free to sign up. Otherwise I will continue to share my blog through the WordPress application.

My time now will be directed away from political ping-pong and endless rants, fake-news sites, virtual screaming and bad feelings. I hope one day our world finds it’s natural balance.

In the meantime I have to find mine. My chair “blue” is waiting.

Take care.

About Jeffrey Scherer

artist.father.grandfather.leftist.walker.retired architect


4 thoughts on “A new direction 

  1. I share so many of your feelings – being with grandchildren gives me purpose and comfort these days, but I feel like our generation dropped the ball in a big, disasterous way this year and there may be no way back to the optimism and passions of our youth and middle years. My mother worked for peace, women’s rights, the environment, and religious tolerance all her very long life. I think I owe it to her to keep up that perspective and that passion – but at the moment it seems more difficult than ever. This happy little grandson, just learning to walk, is the reason and the inspiration to keep the faith that we can and must make a difference every chance we can. I guess none of us can afford to give up entirely. Thanks for this blog and I’m glad you will be able to immerse yourself in art, family, introspection, and community in the year ahead.

    Posted by Ruth | November 15, 2016, 09:43
  2. How do I sign up for your blog?

    Posted by Wendy Phillips | November 15, 2016, 20:21
    • Hi Wendy. On The right-hand side of the homepage there is a flag that says follow blog via email click on the radio button entitled “follow” and you enter your email.

      Posted by Jeffrey Scherer | November 15, 2016, 20:23


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