Well we are getting our first snowfall today. I’m enjoying it from my living room window. Sitting at my dining room table with my laptop and a really tasty Riesling-Gewurztraminer from the East West series from Inniskillin. A little jazz in the background and winter giving us a taste of her first white harvest.
What to write about. Some people write to me or if they see me out on the street say, “Be funny”. Some mention the thoughtfulness of my work and that certainly makes me feel good because I don’t always feel like I’m thinking clearly at all but my intention is to do so.
I guess I would be sitting alone in north field if I didn’t say something about this whole election thing. I’m not really a political guy and so I haven’t really wanted to pipe up where I have little knowledge and certainly politics is one of those things in my opinion that is all tied up in oil, religion, greed (of some form or another) and control. I know, without giving meaning to do so, I have cast my opinion on the state of politics around the globe. I just know that we are now in the year 2016 and we still haven’t learned a damn thing.
Imagine all we have. Still we can’t seem to share it effectively with our neighbour. I think anyone who thinks the government is on their side is living in a fairytale, even more than myself. I’m not saying it’s all bad, but let’s face it, you’re not getting up everyday and thinking how can I serve the public today and make all my decisions based on saving the world. If that were the case there wouldn’t be any crazy drivers, fights on the subway or groping people on the bus. It would be us against no one.
Even the existence of religion is really a dinosaur. If 90% of the worlds people believe in some form of religion, then why are we in such a mess? They are all suppose to teach love, tolerance, etc. We go to our houses of faith and two minutes after we leave we are the self centred suckers we were when we went in. I was raised in a religious home and I don’t see that it has done anything for anyone really. It’s a nice idea but as long as people are running it, it’s doomed.
I love the idea of it. There is a higher power floating around out there that will forgive us of all our wrong doing. Well doesn’t that make it easier to be an asshole? If we are so busy waiting for the next world, why give a shit about this one and the people in it? Oh yes, because we fear the big power in the sky that will punish us if we are not good. Isn’t it enough to see the pain face to face that we cause on each other that we shouldn’t need the threat of a god to set us straight? Are we that self righteous? We are! That’s the problem. I hear all the time people expecting this higher power to get us out of the shit we got ourselves into. Get a grip! No one is getting us out of the shit we caused but us, so we better grow up and face the hard facts that we have really fucked things up.
All this mess with the Trump thing? We did it!!! Yes, every one of us! We acted like we gave a shit and we didn’t. We dropped bombs and took what wasn’t ours and enslaved people by the masses. What do you think is going to happen? Now don’t hate me but we have all had a hand in making the word a shitty place but we can still change the direction we are going. This is not a blame game. This is a wake up call. We have become the worst version of ourselves and we were doing so well.
We have to stop indulging in the train wreck and start shouting out the good in us all. You know during the election everyone was much more interested in the terrible Trump tweets than the positive tweets coming out of Hillary’s camp. It’s simple and we all know it. I am not saying anything new. We all love the drama of the devil. I’m not saying Donald Trump is the Devil. What I am saying is that negative is our Devil. We want to see the mighty crash and burn. Why do you think we love reality T.V?
Now unfortunately it is not a person but a country that is on its way to extinction. If you guys don’t come together somehow you leave yourselves wide open to all kinds of infiltration. I certainly hope that is not the case. If you’re not them, then you’re us. Meaning we are all pretty poor in comparison to the small elite at the top. Imagine what we could do if we stopped obeying their fear and we said, “Not us! We chose to love. We chose to talk. We chose to unite and learn.” I know, crazy idea. Who needs it? Well, by the look of things, we do. We’ve tried all the other ways. Let’s face the music and each other and understand that as long as the powers keep us scattered, we are not able to make any real changes for good. You don’t really want to shoot your neighbor in the face just because they think differently than you, do you?
That’s what the powers want you to believe. Now the dangers we live in are real but we cannot stop it by dropping bombs and lighting nukes. We make a change everyday when we say hi and smile at those who look different from us. Don’t worry if they don’t say hi first. Just say hi. You will be amazed at the response you will get. If I’m wrong then I would bet there are no gods out there looking over us because the 90% of us who believe that our god intervenes on our behalf will be pleased to see we finally gave a shit about the absolute basic foundation of mankind, love.
Do what you want but this new world we are now in needs a whole lot of love right now and it needs to start within. Imagine the world if it only had one kind of flower, one kind of cat, one type of tree. It would suck! Open your minds and hearts. This is our home. Let’s stop being assholes and embrace the beauty of diversity. People are so afraid of stepping on peoples feet but you can stand on mine and I’d be happy to share my life experience with you if you are willing to know me better.
Edited by Mary Ellen Monk
Word from the Editor: Very well done! I think it hits the nail on the head. It isn’t about who is running a country… it’s about how the people within that country treat others. One bad leader shouldn’t be able to change a nation of people who are normally kind at heart. People need to stick together and fight for what is right and noble, not what sells papers or lines pockets.