“History never repeats, I tell myself before I go to sleep,” Split Enz once (or a million times) warned via the medium of a seemingly benign pop chorus. If only. History, including the mistakes in judgment that we frequently make, runs more like a pendulum than a direct line (see the Dark Ages, the Enlightenment and back again); in today’s direct-hotline-to-everything internet world, history doesn’t even require a context in order to regenerate itself in another, strikingly similar form when you least expect it. Does that sound heavy? It is.
Following our last issue’s verbal and visual parade around the historic marriage equality ruling from the Supreme Court – “We won!” – most of us around Watermark and in the community could feel the weight of what happens next and how we confront our continuing challenges in housing, the workforce, bullying, trans rights and the upcoming national elections. God, we’re downers sometimes.
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