An Insightful Note from Raleigh
Chip sat behind the bar in a record store in a strip mall near Raleigh, NC. As I sat down to talk to him, the barstool creaked and swayed precariously to the left.
He was inviting and friendly, like I expected from the Old South, but his roots stretched to a northerly America.
We talked about what it was like to switch worlds from The City to the South
As we came around to larger ideas, Chip had a refreshingly stoic view of himself and the life he was living. He took no time in taking responsibility for some of his position before complaining or diagnosing the world around him
He mourned for some of the lost seriousness and grit of prior generations while recognizing that the America of today, which seems less self-sufficient, is a consequence and a privilege of the freedom and America-ness that those generations established.
People in his mind, don’t act with the gravity and responsibility of their freedom and privilege. He was careful to say he’s not an American cheerleader but the difference he sees worries him and should probably worry us as a country. There may be truth to the fact but there’s certainly truth the feeling. This is the feeling that a Trump candidacy politicized. Reckoning with this shift in self assessment will be a struggle for a long time coming.