Feeling exhausted? Not sure how the world will ever be the same again? Paul Schemel riffs on his philosophy and it might make you feel a little better

August 20 – State Representative Paul Schemel joined Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen this morning on First News where the three looked at a number of different topics.

By the end, Ryan got a little philosophical.

He said to Schemel, “Philosophical question. You’re a very thoughtful guy and we like having you on the radio station. Where we are in the world right now? You have said to me, Pat, you look exhausted. I am exhausted. I’m looking at a bunch of different things here this morning at the end of the week and this administration and where we are as a country and it’s exhausting. How about philosophically, where do you fall on things these days? Nation? World? Human kind, if you will?”

Schemel said, “There’s nothing new under the sun and the human condition is the same. I never have accepted this idea of personal, societal progress. We have technological progress, but we’re no different. The ancient Greeks were quite advanced in their notions and what mankind is and we’re no different than that. So we’re going to have the same foibles, the same problems and so forth. It’s how we address them in our time. And that’s our responsibility. I’m an optimist. I always believe that we as a great nation, we as an intelligent people can overcome a lot of obstacles, but I’m not Pollyanna-ish about it. I also understand that we are always going to have challenges and problems and those can seem very overwhelming. During the last six years I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘oh we’ve never been this divided as a nation.’ I would say well the Civil War was pretty divisive, but we survived the Civil War and actually we emerged from that ultimately as a stronger and more unified nation. I think that will happen from this as well. In terms of the world, the world has always been in chaos in one place or another so there’s nothing new about that. We shouldn’t expect that there would be. It’s how we respond to those crises I think that really dictates our own generation and the responsibility and our understanding of humanity, that’s what’s critical.”