January 19, 2021
Regardless of your political persuasion, the color of your skin, your age, or where you happen to be living, life is appreciably different at the start of 2021 from just a year ago. One of my new favorite writers, Scott Galloway (and others), is arguing that while the calendar ticked off one year in 2020, changes that were just starting to make inroads into our lives accelerated the equivalent of five or maybe even 10 years last year.
And none of it feels like it’s slowing down, does it?
The challenges we face today are existential. We’re grappling with deep, systemic, long-term issues around race. The climate crisis is no longer on the horizon; it’s inside the walls. Here in the U.S., our very understanding of democracy is being put to the test. And the pandemic has exposed inequities and ineptitude that tear at the very fabric of our society.
These are not minor problems requiring a few expert roundtables and some policy tweaks to repair. Taken together, they create a moment of reckoning instead. They tell us in plain terms that the time has come to get our collective houses in order…and fast.