Times were simpler in Ty Ty, Georgia in the 1930s. News came from the Atlanta paper, delivered by train a day late, and from a few folks' radios. Telegrams meant a birth or a death. "Social media" was gossip at the barber shop, the Saturday market, and church circle meetings. The sheriff was more interested in bustin' people for making and selling moonshine than in hassling the Coloreds, knowing that the KKK would take care of any that needed taking care of. Sometimes, "taking care of" included lynching. "Black Lives Matter" was decades away.
Today, a Facebook video can stir up a nation, a single person can murder dozens or scores, and it seems every peaceful gathering to protest violence is marred by violence.
Why? Are we a more violent species? Do we lack the hope that even the poorest saw in the "New Deal" and the gradual easing of the Great Depression? Is it simply that we know more about the world? Is it that the news media and social media feed our angst and anger and create self-fulfilling prophecies, a cycle that feeds on itself?
In "The Gospel Truth: Tales from Ty Ty," you may find comfort in the simpler times. Not all the tales are happy ones, but none are as unhappy as today's headlines.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.