The End of the Rope
So this is what it looks like to finally come to the end of one's rope. To give it all you've got, only to come to the realization that it just isn't enough. Dr. Scott of Just Practicing, who had struggled in post-Katrina Mississippi to maintain his practice and his life, finally made the decision to quit. He is angry, as he expresses with great clarity:
When George W. Bush spoke in New Orleans days after Katrina, he promised to do whatever it took to set things right. He gave us hope. He didn't have to say those words. He could have expressed sympathy, mentioned that "the nation stands with you as you rebuild," et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. But instead he promised action. The terrible tragedy would be met with just as equally awesome a recovery.This post should be read by anyone who still supports the present administration.
Perhaps the only thing worse than no hope is false hope. Hear me out: no hope leads to reasonable expectations. No one is coming; make your plans accordingly. False hope, on the other hand, encourages you to go to the brink, even over it. I may be near the end of my rope, my finances, my energy, but at least the cavalry is coming. Until you finally realize that it isn't. And then it's too late, and the anger comes forth.
I'm not be on the Gulf coast, but I can understand what it's like to feel pressed from all directions with no end in sight.
Dr. Scott: we wish you well.