Rest, rest, perturbed spirit! So, gentlemen,
With all my love I do commend me to you:
And what so poor a man as Hamlet is
May do, to express his love and friending to you,
God willing, shall not lack. Let us go in together;
And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
The time is out of joint: O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!
Nay, come, let’s go together.
[Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 5]
Time is out of joint. We have a sense that things are not what they should be. Something is wrong, but we can’t quite wrap our brains around what it is. Our leaders are inarticulate and disingenuous and we question whether they even remotely have our best interests in mind. Our infrastructure is aging and literally collapsing around us, yet highway funding is lost in the great clamor of “gimme.” Our favorite trade partner is shaping up to become an enormous threat to our economic stability, and we wonder whether the assumptions about free trade held by our administration still serve us well. Our nation is not reproducing itself such that we must import millions of workers each year to sustain our rapidly aging demographic. And while we have an ever increasing number of venues through which to inform ourselves on matters from everything from psychology to politics, the voices that continue to make their way into the political debate are often shrill and mean-spirited.
Yes, we have a dread sense of an impending disaster. Our spirits are perturbed. We feel it culturally, economically, socially, and politically. What was once marginal is now normative and what was normative has been relegated to the quaint and outdated. We are fixated on entertaining ourselves to oblivion even as world altering decisions remain to be made. Even while we are at war, we behave as a people whose greatest threat is a strike – not by terrorists who would bring down our nation – but by television writers who would leave us with sit-com reruns.
Something is wrong. And frankly, I’m not quite sure what must be done to set it right. I have some ideas. You have some ideas. So “come, let’s go together” as we open the airwaves for our inaugural broadcast Friday, May 9 at midnight on ktkz radio.