Where do I start? Right here I guess. For a lack of anywhere better. The coffee hasn’t yet kicked in so I’m moving a little slow and for some reason the cat is particularly clingy at the moment- he’s sitting right under my feet. He just ate his breakfast and it won’t be long now before he starts meowing at me to go out- which of course is fine. If there’s one thing about the winter that grates on me it’s when the cat does nothing but lay around the house (just like his Daddy). Since the weather broke his routine includes breakfast then scratching by the door or asking me to come open it for him.
That’s all well and good and I know how he feels. The windows are open as it’s finally temperate enough and the trend is only onward and upward. The grass is greening, the dogwoods are blooming and the trees are leafing out, along with lots of personal positive change. Why don’t things change during the cold dark winter when I need it most? It seems growth and rejuvenation perennially go hand-in-hand with the natural world. How one can’t believe there’s more at work in the universe than just we humans is beyond me.
Do you believe there’s more at work?
So yes positive changes, balmier weather and excuse me while I let the cat out.
It’s funny how when there’s a crisis or calamity the internet and Facebook especially go wild. I guess for those who still watch TV or listen to the radio it may be the same, but for those of us who spend time virtually, Facebook is where we share our collective experience- the new town square. Yesterday I found out about the bombing in Boston by coming home and turning on the computer. I immediately knew something was wrong. How could I not with the headlines and quotes and angst running down the page? Although I sat here alone I could feel the confusion and horror. I spent time reading and watching and sharing the news and couldn’t help shed a little tear. Why do we keep going through what we go through? You’d think we’d be desensitized to such things but I think it’s the opposite. Whenever we go through a quiet period with nothing dramatic happening, something strikes.
What will become of us?
This new town square gets every Tom, Dick and Harry posting every kind of random thing. The facts and who-said-whats, the condolences and tributes, the conspiracy theories, etc. Me included (well minus the conspiracies!) After a couple of hours of this then came anger. Anti-US anger seemingly aimed at those who were feeling bad about the tragedy, justifying or minimizing it? Kind of like blaming the rape victim, that whole mentality. Why should people feel bad when the US is asking for it, killing people the world over every day?
I get your point.
But where’ve you been? Why are you silent otherwise and choose now to interject? Why not try and make a difference in a constructive way instead of putting people down when they’re down? Yes it’s true we’ve been waging war and yes it’s true that it’s wrong. Personally I’m a pacifist and believe in war when it’s to protect ourselves directly and when all else fails, as opposed to any type of imperialistic and dubious intervention in a far off land. Whether you agree or not is your business but that’s where I’m coming from on the subject. You don’t have to agree. If I’ve learned anything over the last decade it’s that my country’s unilateral actions overseas hasn’t done me or my neighbors a hill of beans of good. It’s certainly not waged on MY behalf. I mean it helped break the bank here didn’t it? And I particularly don’t believe in sending our kids thousands of miles away to die for the wrong reasons.
The world as I see it.
Still although I believe there’s a time and a place for everything, everyone does have a right to say whatever the hell they want, whenever and however they want. The new town square. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Just like you don’t have to like this.