We are living in silos. Each hardened and impervious, it seems.
As long as we stay put in our comfort zones and don’t venture out, life is good. We can ignore the other silos as full of irrelevant, idiotic, foolish “deplorables” — or maybe they speak another language and our attention span is short — or maybe they just don’t interest us.
1. To view or act towards another group as though they are intrinsically different, alien and separate from oneself.
2. To MARGINALIZE
Life in my silo is just fine, thank-you-very-much! My silo has treated me very well all these 64 years. Here’s what it looks like:
- Western, educated white woman
- Middle-class, white picket fence and safe, bicycle-friendly neighborhood
- Good schools (elementary, high school, universities)
- Extensive travel at home and abroad
- Loving nuclear and extended family
- Freedom to pursue nearly any idea or dream
- No fears for my personal or my family’s safety
Why would I ever want to leave? But my silo is crumbling, along with all of the others, and it’s clear to me that I have no choice in the matter.
I saw the cracks starting years ago but it was easy enough back then to ignore and pretend it wasn’t happening. Like watching a loved one die in front of my eyes and not registering the reality of her death until she was gone.
Now, there’s simply no denying that all of the silos are crumbling, crumbling at a faster pace than ever before. Some people may pick up torches or assault rifles to protect against the “other” and some may bury their heads to avoid the messiness of “politics.”
But everyone’s silo is crumbling and the undeniable truth is that we’re all facing the same challenges of a silo-free world together.
What’s responsible for these crumbling silos?
- The relentless onslaught of a changing climate which so many people still deny.
- The epic failure of capitalism that is currently destroying people and environments.
- The war machine (aka military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about) and the destruction it has wrought in so many countries, including my own.
- The blessing and curse of the Internet. It allows people to hide and listen only to Fox News (or NPR) in their silos if they choose, but it also allows people to reach across oceans and connect with people in other silos they wouldn’t have otherwise.
I’m nervous because the unknown is always scary. No one can predict what a post-silo world will look like. But I’m also excited because I catch glimmers of a much better world emerging.
This pilgrim is very thankful to be alive at this time.