With history and politics and in life itself, it's best to see both the forest and the trees -- the big picture and the details embedded within that big picture.
North America has endured many wars over the centuries. In Mexico, the Revolution was underway a hundred years ago. In the USA and especially in its breakaway states, the American Civil War raged 150 years ago. 200 years ago, the US and Canada were battling it out in the War of 1812. Overseas in Syria now, in 2012, violent, destructive civil war rages at this very moment, and will until it burns itself or most of Syria out.
These alternatives, between civil society competing for power and policy direction in relatively peaceful political ways or battling it out with heavy weapons in a vast, merciless and patricidal bloodletting, are the choices.
Rejoice in democracy at work. Rejoice in civil society. Look for common ground.
Surely most will agree that infrastructure must be shored up, that it's a good thing to do that.
Surely most will agree that there must be a sustainable ecosystem in order for us to survive.
Whatever our feelings are, surely more of us can seek out and find more common ground.
Now, under the shade of sturdy trees in the great forest, let's get to it!
Today's Rune: Signals.