If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.
~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
I am beginning to think the whole country, maybe the whole world, is at least a little bit crazy. I am beginning to think that because I’ve been spending some time trying to look at all sides of what’s happening in the U.S. (and the world, but for the purposes of this post, mainly the U.S.). Between the alt-right, the liberal left, the Bernie Bros, and whatever other groups are out there (and there are plenty), it almost looks as though no one can agree on anything.
What’s up with all the conspiracy theories? Maybe I’m just getting caught up but it seems to me everyone has one now a’days. Was it always like this? Or are people just a little more insane than usual?
I’ve been paying attention to people I disagree with, people who voted for that guy in the White House, and they are incredibly angry, feeling left behind in a world that’s moving ahead. They are going to be left behind more as time goes on and certain policies are instituted, but that hasn’t become apparent yet since they continue their almost unwavering support of That Guy.
What I am most bothered by are the hate and the hypocrisy. Do people not understand what they’re saying, tweeting, writing, doing? Have folks forgotten how they acted in 2008 and again in 2012? If that’s the case, there are a lot of people out there with short-term memory problems.
Ah well. That’s enough, isn’t it? Maybe too much, but I’m tired of sitting on it. I’m tired of the whole damn thing, of the almost constant state of stirring up and chaos being created by those who are charged with doing otherwise, of the lying, of the thin-skinned reactions, of the self-induced drama by those who wear the title of leader, adviser, administrator, commander-in-chief.
Which is why, on this day 3 of my transition to a macrobiotic diet, I am studying the macrobiotic lifestyle to go with it. It is, as you can tell, time for me to take another break from the news. Whatever is happening out there will go on without me for the month of June. Maya Angelou suggested we all need a day away. In today’s climate, a month away is probably equal to a day away in times past. Or maybe I’m just feeling that way because I am once again withdrawing from sugar and a tad bit cranky. Just a tad.
In case you’re not familiar with the quote:
Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.
~ Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
I think that’s about it from me today. Thank you for rambling along with me. I’m not sure we’ll see the sunset today. It’s been cloudy and there is rain in the forecast for later. Just in case, meet me on the dock and we’ll see what happens. You never know if the clouds will move aside for a little while or not. Sunset is scheduled for 8:20 PM, but you’ll want to be there about thirty minutes before that since the trees are the horizon from the dock. Bring an umbrella or wear your rain gear. Just in case.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 206) Great Crested Flycatchers! They are beautiful birds. 207) Foggy mornings. 208) The wisdom of others and the willingness to listen. 209) A purring cat in my lap. 210) The peacefulness of the woods.