Today I’m presented with an unusual situation. Normally I am never at a loss for political opinion. It is, in fact, such a compelling interest of mine that I instituted a habit of reserving Mondays for political commentary and Tuesdays for environmental comment in my blog earlier this year in order to guarantee that I wouldn’t let politics overwhelm the environmental content.
But lately I’ve found little interest in politics. Meanwhile I’m currently ahead on my environmental writing, having scheduled the rest of the thirst story a few weeks in advance on Tuesdays, but I’m finding political opinion uninspiring.
Further, I have largely ceased my incessant following of the news on NPR. This is partly due to help I recently received setting up my turntable (thanks to Ed, Steve, and Ed). I’ve been listening to treasured albums from the sixties for the first time in years. But it’s mainly because of simple exhaustion that I’ve lost interest in news programming.
Have you noticed that the news never changes?
The middle east is still in turmoil. Conservatives still hate anyone liberal or different from them. Optimists are still optimistic in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Pessimists never hear any evidence that might give hope. Sociopaths still wield incredible power over the rest of us.
And each of us does our part to perpetuate this reality.
I often look for the sense in the chaos of our day-to-day existence. Today I can’t see it.
Instead I’m concerned with my personal trials and tribulations. The summer is beginning to wane, and I have to do something to get ready for winter: either decide to temporarily move off the hill or make arrangements for dealing with snow locally.
Well, I don’t have time for this right now, and probably neither do you, so let’s just call today a pass.