Above the Fold: Supply Chain Logistics News (May 27, 2022)

“It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity — it’s inhumanity.” — Amanda Gorman

But what to do? 

It’s always the same arguments around gun control, mental health, and school security, with politicians on both sides of the aisle doing what they do best these days: being social media influencers instead of being true leaders.

The sad truth is that the root cause of this insanity and inhumanity goes beyond the usual arguments. It boils down to this, in my opinion: broken connections.

Broken connections with parents, siblings, and other family members.

Broken connections with our neighbors, classmates, colleagues, and community.

Broken connections with God or some other higher purpose in life. 

These broken connections often lead to loneliness, which has been “a growing problem for decades — with some estimating that 61 percent of adults in the United States feel it — and it’s only been made worse by the COVID-19 lockdown,” according to Sian Leah Beilock in a July 2020 Scientific American article titled, “Why Young Americans Are Lonely.” 

Beilock adds, “More recent data show that one in five millennials have no friends at all. And a survey released in 2020 found that 71 percent of millennials and almost 79 percent of Gen Z respondents report feeling lonely — a significantly greater proportion than other generations.”

Of course, the vast majority of people experiencing loneliness do not become murderers. Some people are just evil.

How do we as individuals, families, and communities fix these broken connections? This is the question, I believe, that we all need to explore together. There is no quick and simple answer, and the solution certainly won’t come from politicians in Washington crafting tweets and soundbites. The burden is on each of us to fix the brokenness within and around us. As Hillel famously said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Begin with a smile, saying hello to someone you don’t know today.

Moving on, here’s the supply chain and news that caught my attention this week, with many of the headlines focused on ocean shipping and port operations.

As we head into Memorial Day weekend and begin the hard work of fixing the brokenness around us, let us remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom and keep our quest to build a more perfect union alive.

Have a happy weekend!

Song of the Week: “Always Love” by Nada Surf