Should I write about "THE THING?"
Because the thing seems so pressing.
Everybody is very nervous about The Thing. The Thing is indicative of who we are as a people. Where you stand on The Thing is an absolute deal breaker if you are on the wrong side.
I honestly would rather not talk about The Thing. The Thing wasn't on the news last week. That time it was Another Thing. And there was a Random Thing before that which killed a few marriages, broke down a few friendships and caused rifts that will never be healed.
I honestly hate The Thing. The Thing keeps me from talking to my friends openly and honestly, keeps me second guessing what is and isn't ok to talk about and generally causes too much stress.
And now, during the Silly season, there will be a NEW Thing every week. A Thing that tell you why you are wrong to think as you do. A Thing that will make you fear your neighbors. A Thing that will rip apart families and make you suspect others.
Of course, there are also things we don't talk about, but I won't mention those things. Because those things get in the way of our day to day life. If we were to address Those Things, everything would have to change. Everything. So we don't pay attention to those things.
But I'm paying attention to Those Things. Those Things that are apparent to anybody who opens a window, talks to their neighbors or takes a walk. Things that don't exist in the imaginary world behind the screens.
Because Those Things have mass. I can touch them, I can feel them. If Those Things are wrong, I know because they cause me or someone I care about pain. And I look around and see that there are a Lot Of Things causing a lot of pain to a lot of people, and people instead talking about The Thing, and demanding that The Thing is more important because it is more visible in the imaginary world behind the Screens.