Sadly, the man that wrote the article below does not rule Britain (not that he wants to), because he is far more intelligent than those in power.
Latest news is that, yippee, the UK will be sending 6 (six!) aircraft, since politicians ignored the wisdom of the above writer. The enemy—whoever that might be—must be cowering in their “dens”.
After watching the news, I watched a program on Bob Dylan’s folk years. One line from one of his songs struck me in the context of what’s happening in the news: “You don’t count your dead, when god’s on your side.” Both sides seem to agree. This reminds me of the sentiment raised in the first line of my first novel, Sister Sisteron, “Jack Synder had learned to doubt any god in the hands of man”.
Differences of opinion seem to be the curse of humanity…
And, now, for some stream of consciousness. I must be conscious, because I am putting words on a “page”…
Ever since I started this blog—because someone suggested that a blog would help sell my trash fiction, which it hasn’t—I have felt obligated to post something each day, in case somewhere in the world, some poor soul with nothing better to do might want to read something witty or worthless, to take his or her mind off all the troubles of the day, big or small, at home or abroad. Some days, I offer a link to something worthwhile—of course, written by someone talented. There are a few regular favorites, some humorous, some intelligent, and some both: Borowitz, Collins, Jenkins, Non Sequitur, and so on. If I like and respect them, then everyone should. Duh!
Today, when thinking about what to write, I could find nothing to offer the world…except my thoughts, as I was trying to take a nap. I have found that a nap is a good way to waste time, when I can think of nothing better to do or as an excuse to avoid things I could do. Ronald Reagan took naps and look at all the damage he did. This line of thinking led me to consider what I should be doing. At the highest level of consciousness, I realised that the only thing required of me—as a human being—is to eat and sleep. I have fulfilled my purpose on this earth by reproducing two fine children, who are attractive, intelligent, and good humans. I have no other purpose.
Because of that, there is no crime in taking a nap…whenever I want. As far as the eating part goes, I am lucky. When I consider the fate of overweight Americans, I know that there but a good metabolism go I. At times, I will eat an entire bag of potato chips or a pint of ice cream. The appealing flavor helps me to understand why folks put on pounds: it tastes good, therefore I eat. Self-discipline—which I have—is not at issue, it’s metabolism. Either one puts on weight or one does not. I am lucky.
So, I can eat and sleep all I like, being content that I am harming no one and not avoiding any useful purpose. That’s what I call a good life. The only aggravation comes at the times when I am foolish enough to flip through the news channels and pause at Fox News or glance at the headlines on Salon, which scream about the idiots on the right side of the political spectrum. And, believe me, these people are evil idiots.
Which reminds me to finalize my next trash novel, in which some bad folks play a role. I have written a rough draft, but can’t find the needed motivation to finish the damn thing and share it with the world…which is not interested in another trash novel…
Some are making a big deal about something that happened 100 years ago. Anniversaries are a time to remember…something…maybe…or use for political purposes. Politicians are the same everywhere.
Are these people stupid or venal both? Don’t people notice? For example, British politicians try to commemorate the First World War with warm words about remembering. Of course, they speak mostly of the wasted lives, but talk only of “sacrifice” and never about the lesson not learned. At the same time, these same geniuses demand troops be sent to Ukraine, which proves that they do not remember, do not care, and have not learned. From the safety of their clubs in London, as in the past, “great men” send forth poor suckers to use bullets from which they profit.
At least one intelligent man resides in England, but his lone voice does little good to stem the tide of stupidity and hypocrisy.
One of the few sane voices, sadly with no power….
There is at least one intelligent and thoughtful man in London. Unfortunately, he does not work for the government!
The always intelligent Simon Jenkins:
If one considers history, centuries of frequent war between countries in Europe has been altered by the economic intermingling brought on by the European Union. The same has happened between Russia and Europe: economic ties are extensive.
I heard an interesting phrase on a news panel show: banks before tanks. As repulsive as banks are found to be by many, making money seems to be averting armed conflict. This is good (although not for arms manufacturers). Perhaps, bankers are more rational than the fools in foreign ministries, who love to posture and spout platitudes. Diplomats love to be hypocrites; bankers just want to make money.
As always, Simon Jenkins, the smartest man in London, points out the obvious and notices the same thing mentioned above.
I wrote earlier about politicians and celebrities seeking exposure at funerals. Here is the best analysis of a recent, over-hyped death. Simon Jenkins is one of the few to point out that a white man was the unsung hero of South African politics...which I knew. But, being a seemingly modest man, he kept out of the limelight.
A view into the abyss from outside and inside...
I have been a military officer and was trained in ABC (atomic, biological, chemical) weapons defense. I understand the horror of each.
What I do not understand is the hypocrisy. The United States Government rants about the use of chemical weapons, but maintains a large stockpile of said weapons. Also, they use and maintain supplies of atom-tipped munitions, which have a much longer half-life than any biological or chemical weapon, and use land mines and cluster bombs, which endanger for years after being dropped more civilians than soldiers. They refuse to sign treaties banning these weapons, which most countries have. The weapons lobby fight against such bans, because profit comes before humanity. As I have written before, I do not understand the morale outrage at others doing as they would do. That is nothing but crass hypocrisy.
And, the moral high ground, which the US and Britain claim to dominate, seems to be about as high as the land along the coast of Holland...and the dike is leaky. Fingers, usually used for pointing at others, are all needed to plug the leaks in credibility--if they ever had any. A media report revelaed that Britain has been exporting chemicals to Syria, which can be used to produce chemical weapons. Here is a case of profiting from hypocrisy.
Below are two good pieces, one from each side of the Atlantic, which reveals that both countries have intelligent citizens.
One excerpt: "Punishing" a dictator for killing his own people by simply killing more of his own people seems beyond cruel. It seems stupid. It leads nowhere.
From the US:
One excerpt: As John Updike wrote: “America is beyond power, it acts as in a dream, as a face of God. Wherever America is, there is freedom, and wherever America is not, madness rules with chains, darkness strangles millions. Beneath her patient bombers, paradise is possible.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.