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December 9, 2011 | by James Arger

Days gone by

Divina Comédia X, Gustave Doré

It used to be a simple world. East versus West, us against them, the Free World and the Communist Bloc. We had the American Dream, they had the Five-Year Plans for the National Economy. We knew who our enemy was, and we knew which ideals we stood for. But History moved on. The Iron Curtain fell, the Wall crumbled, and all of a sudden there was no “them” anymore.

The world changed. We didn’t. We kept looking at things in terms of black and white, of right versus wrong, of Good and Evil. Heroes or Villains. Patriot or Anti-American. Democrat or Republican. Creationism or Darwinism. Pro-life or Pro-choice. With us or against us. And even in our darkest hour, even when our resolve as a Nation was tested, we stuck to this simple view. Two sides, and nothing in between.
It is time to change. It is time to grow, and to look at the world, not in stark blacks and whites, but in shades of gray. It is time to accept the complexity of the world around us — and to understand that the simple remedies we used to turn to might not be relevant any more.

Looking at yesterday’s enemies though, the temptation to get back to our old ways is still strong. After all, this is nearly the same military that we used to fear, and some of those Generals were the same ones we rubbed shoulders with during the Cold War. But we have to remember that the world has changed. History has moved on. And even though some old habits die hard, we should be supporting President Volodin’s efforts in his fight against corruption. In a strange twist of fate, the same weapons that were pointed at us from the other side of the Iron Curtain have now traveled around the world (from Russia to Zambia, from Zambia to Mexico), pointed at us once again.

It is a complex world out there. It used to be black and white — now, at best, it is black and dirty gray.
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Welcome to the real world.

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