||[Nov. 26th, 2016|12:25 pm]
I'm so tired of being told these are frightening times.|
I lived through the Cold War. Now those were frightening times.
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.
Interestingly, I grew up in the 70s/80s and as far as I can recall, I never worried about The Bomb. Mutually Assured Desruction rationally meant that it would never happen. I do wonder now, how I wasn't worried about it.
I am more worried about current times. There just doesn't seem to be any sense to what's going on. A lot of people are unhappy, I get that. They've been sold a bundle of untruths, or at best half-truths, about neoliberalism and globalisation, perhaps. Blair may have been right about "Education, education, education", but that would never work for everyone. And now? Now the same, angrier, people have been sold a bundle of untruths about Brexit, Making America Great Again, and so on. I don't see how that's going to end happily.
It would be good to see the French sticking two fingers up at Le Pen next year, but I'm not betting on it - especially if the other choice is a Thatcherite. "Vote for the Crook, not the Fascist" (2002) is one thing; Fillon will have a much harder time gathering votes from the disillusioned left, I fear.
It's not going to take much to kick off war in Turkey, the Baltics, Taiwan and Korea.