We all know what happened in Washington DC yesterday. I don’t intend to comment on it, to state the obvious and rehash what’s already been rehashed. What I will talk about is our reactions to it.
Yesterday was unusual, shocking even. But it wasn’t unprecedented. Recency Bias, a tendency of people to place greater weight on current events than history, is a hell of a drug and can make you forget the great events of the distant past.
Like yesterday afternoon, I noticed Civil War trending on Twitter, but let’s be objective about what happened: for a few hours, a handful of people occupied the Senate chamber. Shocking and unusual, yes. But not a Civil War.
Remember that we actually did fight a Civil War not too long ago. The election of 1860 was so hotly contested that half the country seceded and our nation’s bloodiest war commenced.
Bringing that into our perspective kinda makes yesterday look like small potatoes, doesn’t it? Hell, adding a little perspective would go a long way to solving most problems.
That’s all I really wanted to say today. We are in the midst of shocking times, but we as a nation have survived far worse. Keep that in mind.
And as always: Memento Mori.