On Monday, August 21, 2017, much of America will experience a Solar Eclipse, with a large section of the county experiencing a total eclipse, or near total eclipse.
As with all things, there is much speculation that this eclipse marks the end of the world; and as with all other things, authorities are encouraging everyone to exercise caution in anticipation of the crowds that will descend on areas, and for animals and children who will likely be confused by the sudden darkness midday; and there are round the clock warnings that whatever you do, don’t look at the eclipse.
Part of me questions the arrival of large crowds and the projected insanity expected for what will amount to a 5 minute show. But I could be wrong about that.
If nothing else, Monday’s eclipse will provide a brief break from the insanity of what now surrounds us. My Facebook feed is somehow worse than it was during the election, with friends bickering over elected officials and the removal or the preservation of statues; not to mention the typical drama that occurs on a daily basis.
Which is why I am hoping for something on Monday, and you should too. Pray that the eclipse would knock out internet service for all Americans for at least a week. Honestly, we could all use the break.
Give us all a week to go to our rooms and think about what we have done. Give us a week to cool off from the round the clock arguing that dominates so much our lives. Give us a week to regain some focus on the meaning of life. Give us a week to not hear the echo chamber we each live in, which is only interrupted by those who dare have a contrary opinion.
Give each of us a week to screw our heads back on and look back on what we have become as individuals and as a nation, and ask ourselves: don’t we have better things to do?
What if after 5 minutes of not looking at the sun, we were all given a week of not looking at our phones or tablets or computers, or anything else that transmits social media or email or a comment section?
You say it can’t happen? Consider that the last eclipse was in 1979, before all this technology was available; before social media; before the world went mad. All there was, was Walter Cronkite describing the events, and then wishing everyone a good night.
We can at least hope, can’t we?
Because if we are honest about it, we could all use the break.
It’s the best thing that could happen to America on Monday.