Living with the status quo means overlooking contradictions and failures, but sometimes, even oblivion can’t shield us from a view of chaos. It was arriving from sunny 70-degree Philadelphia into blustery 30-degree Milwaukee last week that started me thinking again of how quickly things devolve. But it was driving past the donut shop into the company lot and watching automatic lawn sprinklers spritz through snow flurries that got me depressed about how quickly things fall apart. I could already envision the frozen water lines and spreading ice sheets that would come next. I didn’t stop to tell the storeowner about the problem. He was already looking at the scene from his own window and wasn’t taking any action I could see.

  

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