Just the other day I heard a woman say “You know what is the worst thing about growing old? It’s looking back at all of the what ifs.”
We’ve all had those moments. It does little good to dwell on them except in the faint hope that maybe we can learn something from them and apply them to the present.
That was then, this is now.
But we’ll play along with this theme on this 48th anniversary of the assassination of John Kennedy. The ‘what ifs’ are monumental.
What if it had just poured down rain that Nov. 22th and the ‘coup d’état‘ had been delayed? What if Kennedy had rallied his protectors around him, thwarted his enemies and had lived?
What if the Vietnam War had been stopped in its tracks, the cold war had warmed, the Federal Reserve abolished, big bankers and secret societies banished to the dustbin of history, the CIA broken up and Israel was denied its nuclear weapons, lobbying and blackmail powers? What if rule by sociopaths and psychopaths was no more?
What if not only JFK had lived but also RFK and John Jr.? What if ‘Camelot’ had grown and matured? Could a handful of men and their allies, perhaps those allies being not only the American people but all citizens of the world, have changed the course of history? We know that where we have ended up today is the result of a relatively handful of people so yes, it is possible that a few could have led us in a totally different direction.
It wasn’t to be. Collectively we failed. That doesn’t mean history must be forgotten and that ‘what ifs’ as an exercise in thought should be discarded.
We are here now. We cannot count on a few entrenched in the system to lead us to anything that might resemble humanity . It has to be what we as the majority do from this moment on. Otherwise we will all die with too many ‘what ifs’ left on the table.
John F. Kennedy. We hardly knew you.