The Death of a Star

“Love, slowly stripped away
Love, has seen its better day.” — Paul Hewson

We stopped subscribing to satellite nearly ten years ago. Who would have known we would have been on the cutting edge of a growing cultural trend. The hipsters call it cutting the cord. We bought a couple of Apple TVs and subscribed to Netflix and Hulu. We bought one of those Amazon boxes and have added Amazon Prime and Disney Plus to the repertoire.

We did it because our cable bill effectively went from over 100 dollars a month to around 25 dollars a month. It has a number of advantages in addition to the savings. Essentially, it is like having an unlimited DVR. We can watch what we want and when we want without having to worry about when shows actually come on. Unfortunately, it comes with a few disadvantages as well.

The main disadvantage is that you can’t watch live sports. Naturally, there are some streaming services that allow you to do that now, but they come at an extra cost which would put us close to the price we were paying before. That’s a relative non-starter. It also does not allow you to watch news networks like Fox or MSNBC. Of course, that’s a double-edged sword.

We can watch YouTube and catch clips of whatever we want. I often binge different clips of MSNBC at night along with other commentary. Lately, I’ve been looking for distractions following a long day. I’ve settled on videos about different aspects of space. Sometimes I look at pictures of the Mars or Venus surface. Sometimes I look at other pictures and commentary about the solar system. There have even been some footage from beyond the solar system of planets that could sustain life. Theoretically.

Watching these videos is equal parts fascinating, ironic, and finally humbling. The primary focus has involved getting away from the current news cycle. It’s ironic because I’ve grown up with NASA in my backyard. I’ve known some astronauts, many that have worked in space, and even married someone in the space industry. It’s never brought a level of fascination before.

The humbling part is when you realize how intricate everything came together to support life on Earth. We had to be a certain distance from the sun. We needed a certain mixture of gases in our atmosphere. Earth needed to revolve around the sun in a certain way. You get the idea. Even focused outside of the solar system you see planets that have some of those components, but to my knowledge they haven’t found anything that has the exact combination that Earth has.

It obviously won’t always be that way. The sun has a shelf life just like anything else. Obviously, billions of years is well beyond any of our lifetimes or even active imaginations. However, it will come to an end. The sun will start to expand and when it does it will engulf the earth. This will happen before it finally disappears.

I’m usually not one for extended metaphors, but this one seems to fit where we are at. Our political ecosystem is pretty well balanced. We have had a pretty steady two-party structure for over 200 years. They haven’t always been the same parties, but even if you take just the current two parties you have had the same two for 150 years.

This is the main reason why Democrats should care about what happens to the Republicans. If this situation isn’t handled in just the right way then this whole internal strife could engulf them as well. It could end up engulfing us all. It all comes down to what you choose to value in this moment. There are no guarantees on either side of the aisle.

The question comes down to whether you choose party of country. Liz Cheney is seeing this first hand. She is in the third most senior position in the House. Her state party has censured her and the folks in the GOP delegation in the House are proverbially coming for her head. The aforementioned Majorie Taylor Greene might actually come for her head. This is because she voted for impeachment.

As for the Democrats, I couldn’t even begin to tell you what the right way to tiptoe your way through this minefield. Letting Trump and his accomplices off the hook is definitely not the right move and certainly doesn’t feel right. Yet, you wonder how much damage all of them cause on their way down. Yes, all of them may go down and that star will be destroyed, but what happens to us in the meantime? Will we be engulfed along the way?

Author: sbarzilla

I have written three books about baseball including The Hall of Fame Index. I also write for thefantatasyfix.com. You can follow me on twitter @sbarzilla.

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