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Darkness Ahead

Darkness Ahead

pandemic perspectives

Although this short piece is somber in mood, there is an underlying element of dark defiance. Somehow you are left with a feeling of eventual triumph despite the solemn and gloomy tone of the music. Historical images of Native Americans are mixed in with dark ominous contemporary images symbolizing how history repeats itself and there are always lessons to be learned...

March 2020
These are unprecedented, seemingly apocalyptic times professionally, economically and socially. Suddenly due to the coronavirus pandemic, the economy is screeching to a halt, the death toll across the globe increases daily and news headlines paint a grim picture of the days ahead.

As you know, there are a quite a few parallels in history. Europe's bubonic plague in the mid-1300s of course first comes to mind but oft-forgotten was the impact of smallpox and other European transmitted diseases on the Native Americans. Yale historian David Brion Davis described this as "the greatest genocide in the history of man." From the 15th through the 19th centuries, it is estimated that more than 80% of the indigenous native population declined primarily due to the effects of diseases such as smallpox, measles and cholera.

Despite the decimation, Native American fought bravely against the onslaught of white settlers and government-sponsored wars and resettlement policies. Deprived of the land the loved they were morally devastated yet somehow they survived. Although they exist on the fringes of the United States' mindset, they are a poignant example of grim perseverance. We as a people must adhere to the same resolute determination, collectively and purposely forging ahead amidst the expanding chaos around us.

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