been thinking much more serious thoughts of late – likely due to all I have
been reading: about the death knell on democracy; about the climate crisis;
about mental health issues, and so forth. Sometimes I just have to wade into those
dark pools of human realities.
I like to keep things light, as much as I possibly can. But that is difficult when I allow myself to read all the doom and gloom. I worry about what we are leaving for future generations, because, let’s face it my generation, the “baby boomers,” are quickly entering our twilight years. Meanwhile the powers that be seem bent on operating like its business as usual while the planet seems to be rushing headlong into catastrophe or quite possibly total oblivion.
reading one article that discussed the responsibility of journalists to forego
using the words “climate change” and instead to call it what it is – a full-blown
climate crisis. Perhaps it is well past time we woke up to the reality of all
the damages done to the environment in the last hundred years. Yup, it seems
Then there is the whole issue of democracy and the war on media. Nothing is quite as simple as it seems – there is no black and white but many gradients of gray. Social media has made elections much more devious and based on character (or perceived character traits) of the candidates and, as Ontario illustrated in the last provincial election, platforms that are thin if there is any at all. We vote more with our emotions than with our heads.
heads have been inundated with social ills from overcrowded prisons to waiting
lines in hospitals. Mental health issues are wide spread with little hope of an
answer to the many plagues, such as depression, that abound these days.
know what to say about it all except that it is very worrisome. I’d like to
stick my head in the sand until it all gets magically better. But magic is a
mirage – much like the smoke and mirrors that is politics.
believe in the inherent goodness of humanity. At every turn in history when
push came to shove the despots and tyrants never won – they may seem to in the
short run, but in the long run cooler heads do prevail. Perhaps it takes a
period of chaos or the imminent destruction of the planet for people to stand
firm and shout out a decisive “NO”.
let those cooler heads come to the fore now. May God grant us better leadership
and more applied intelligence than we’ve been witness to in the past number of
years. Please, God, let it be so.