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For What It’s Worth

When I attended NDSU, I focused my education on things I felt would be helpful to me in the future. Turned out, I focused on the right things. I took a lot of history courses and mixed them up between modern history and medieval history. I thought I would end up in an academic field, but, alas, here I am working the news beat. The history lessons, however, have given me insight when I read current events. Sensationalism, bias, hypocrisy, among other things runs rampant, and this is a pattern I have seen numerous times repeat itself.

The political winds are much like the Australian bush fire earlier this was only a few months ago if, like me, you can’t recall the timeline of the twilight zone year. Within the media there is a lack of clear, concise, and truthful communication from what is suppose to be from elected officials and the news sources reporting them. This has turned the majority of America against itself as we no longer have any idea what the heck is actually going on. I know I am not the only one who has these frustrations that I can no longer sit and talk about the commonality I have with my fellow citizens without the differences rearing its ugly head. It is this pattern that I want to highlight.

In one of my history courses, the focus was on American history starting from about the 1900’s up to the 1960’s. In the wide swath of American history a lot happens – the Great War (WWI), Roaring ‘20s, Great Depression, The New Deal, World War II, and to cap that all off, the Red Scare. All that in just 60 years.

I’m in my thirties now, one of those darn millennials that are witnessing a repeat of some very crazy times that a lot of people lived through already. While the pattern I am referring to is not exactly like the one that occurred during those first 60 years of the 1900’s, it’s eerily similar. The boom of the 90’s followed by the war on terror, the recession of the late 2000’s followed by the years of rebuilding, and now, here we are roughly 30 years later and we are somewhere around WWII (that scare happened in January of this year by the way) and the Red Scare (only this time the big scary political word is “socialism” instead of “communism”).

Exhausting to think about and compare. I know there are differing opinions out there that will read this and say “no, not even close”. They are right. Why? Because in their experience that is their reality. The question I have as someone who is looking to problem solve rather than bicker is, where in their reality and mine is the commonality with the current state of affairs within communities across the state and nation? For what it’s worth, finding that commonality is more important than ever.

“It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.”

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