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Frightening [Nov. 26th, 2016|12:25 pm]
Tony Grist
I'm so tired of being told these are frightening times.

I lived through the Cold War. Now those were frightening times.

Or not.

Every generation thinks it lives in frightening times. What that means is it doesn't feel entirely in control.

What's the worst that can happen? We all die. Well that's going to happen no matter what. Get used to it.

Don't let the media scare you.  Remember they make their money by creeping up behind your chair and going, "Boo!"

There's more to life than politics.

Come off that news site.  Take a walk. Annoy the cat. Have a nice cup of tea.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2016-11-26 12:48 pm (UTC)
I grew up in the 80s thinking THE BOMB would drop any time.

I am much less scared of the world today than I was of that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 01:04 pm (UTC)
And earlier generations lived through world wars.

Sometimes I think journalists have no sense of history.
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2016-11-26 01:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-11-26 01:30 pm (UTC)
There was a brief period in the 1990's when the world was full of promises of a better future. I feel almost Larkin-esque writing that; "between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles' first LP"...

And now I've retired to the country, trying to avoid getting too engaged in politics and generally just watching the world spinning around. It will keep spinning, no matter how much we fuck it up.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 02:04 pm (UTC)
Those golden times come round every once in a while- and fade very quickly.

I was lucky- my youth coincided pretty much with the, groovy, rainbow-coloured late 1960s.

"All you need is love."
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2016-11-26 01:43 pm (UTC)
That said, some of us are not white, cis and male and we're scared. :o(
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2016-11-26 01:47 pm (UTC)
What you said! As a white, heterosexual, well-educated female, I'm not directly scared for myself, but I do worry about many of my friends and I see the prospects for my grandchildren being more limited than they were for me or my children.

As we used to say back in the 80s in feminist circles, the personal is political. You can't just ignore it.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2016-11-26 01:44 pm (UTC)
In some ways I find the current situation more worrying than the Cold War. Then we were faced with the prospect of sudden annihilation, about which, as you say, we could do nothing. Now we're faced with the real prospect of a decline in our standard of living and a much more intolerant society around us. I do care a lot about that, so while it doesn't scare me, it does deeply concern me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 02:00 pm (UTC)
A decline in my standard of living worries me very little. Done that, bought the T shirt etc....

A more intolerant society? Intolerance doesn't spring from nowhere; it's always been there- only repressed. If it comes out into the open we have a better chance of dissipating it, I think.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2016-11-26 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hm... There's one thing that's more horrible than death: A slow and painful death with all the nightmares you can imagine and to be kept alive at all costs and be tortured over and over again with your biggest personal nightmares.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 02:01 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, that wouldn't be pleasant.

Is that what Trump is threatening to do to us all?

Edited at 2016-11-26 02:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: topum
2016-11-26 02:47 pm (UTC)
And the most "terrified" and vocal are usually the people who are the safest (and the safest humans have ever been in the history of mankind).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. Wealthy neoliberals scared to bits because a rather common man with silly hair and bad taste in interior décor is going to the next POTUS.
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From: justsayingchick
2016-11-26 03:12 pm (UTC)

Haha I really do dislike all the gotti gold everywhere. As a Hispanic female cop I'm not worried about Trump. I'm more afraid of my peers and their lack of tact and diplomacy.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 04:08 pm (UTC)
That rings true. It's usually the people closest to us who can do us most harm.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2016-11-26 03:12 pm (UTC)
Excellent advice, Tony. I well remember the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 04:11 pm (UTC)
The bomb was just there- looming over us all the time- the inevitable background to everything the superpowers did.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-11-26 05:00 pm (UTC)
Fact is,there wil always be frightening times.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 06:24 pm (UTC)
I sometimes think we like living in fear. As if it were somehow comforting.
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[User Picture]From: Michael John Grist
2016-11-27 08:50 pm (UTC)
I think I'm remembering correctly that a few years back you posted that we hadn't yet seen the events that would define this century. I expect this is them- the backlash to globalisation. I'm starting to think it may actually be the beginning of a new enlightenment. Who's been 'standing in the way' of progress for so long? Pretty much the people who are currently winning power. In the longer term, I think it'll become very obvious that their pure ideas just can't work, and that their world of fake facts is only going to hurt them.

It feels good for them now. But try cutting global trade in pieces and see how their per capita income does. Neoliberalism is the best governing idea yet, better than any that came before, though certainly not perfect. Things are probably going to get more socialist and diverse, and fewer and fewer people will stand in the way. Trump is their last big hurrah- and he's already embracing the status quo (reality) in lots of neoliberal ways.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-28 09:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, just as the 20th century "really" began in 1914 so the historians may conclude that the 21st "really" began in 2016.

I don't know what happens next. Things are getting churned up and we won't know the shape of the future until the mud settles. You're probably right that the move towards globalisation will continue- I don't see how that can be stopped given the technology we now have- but perhaps the drive towards bigger and bigger corporations and bigger and bigger super-national institutions (like the EU) will be halted. People like the idea of belonging to one world, but also like to feel they've got some control over their lives at a local level. Somehow these two desires- which seem to pull in different directions- will have to be reconciled.
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