Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wordplay Wednesday™ May 3, 2017 – Indurate

(Day late and a dollar short … traveling does that to you.)
Avoid this Like the Plague … 

In the 1960s and ‘70s, we were idealistic in our rose-colored glasses with heart. Forty years later, there is still hope and idealism, but it is encased in a superficial crust. We have become …

INDURATE (inʹdōo rātʹ) vt. – 1) to make hard; harden; 2) to make callous, unfeeling, or stubborn; 3) to cause to be firmly established; vi. – to become indurated; adj. – hardened. [WW #110]

We have become a society of indurated people, who continue to indurate our offspring, perpetuating intolerance, violence, and debauchery.

Cynical attitude? As much as I am a perpetual optimist, I’m indurated in my own way—hardened against the people of the world who find it necessary or pleasurable to prey on others.

As long as the majority rules with indurated, heavy-handed insolence, atrocities will continue and we will proceed on a path to self-destruction.

Ready for Mars? (NASA / JPL / USGS)
Stephen Hawking is likely right—we should leave Earth within the next 100 years, to survive. Not just due to overpopulation and destruction of Earth, but as the Roman Empire demonstrated, “Following the death of Theodosius I, the last emperor to rule a united Roman Empire, the dominion of the empire was gradually eroded by abuses of power, civil wars, barbarian migrations and invasions, military reforms and economic depression.” Sound familiar?

Our current actions reveal, if the attitudes of leaders don’t transform to a STRONG regard for basic moral and political right and wrong, without hobbling our individual rights, we will continue to create debased, indurated societies.

Word Challenge: INDURATE. Consider how we might reverse our unfeeling, callous and corrupt society, as you fit indurate into your week of hopeful writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)  


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