The Matt Mountain and New Yorker pictures gave me a good laugh.
I wish it were so easy for me to let go of my anger over the politics of human destruction, Idaho Spud. Humanity's descent into final madness, having begun with denial of truth itself and science, keeps me up too often. The collective embrace of hate and lies will not end well.
16 hours ago
Ruth, you're not alone in your dismal outlook. There's so much wrong in this world that one can't help but wonder if we are de-evolving and intellectually regressing. Nationalism with fascist tendencies is on the rise in many countries, the continual Middle East problems, turmoil in Venezuela, North Korean shenanigans, civil wars and unstable countries in Africa, corruption and strong arming in Russia, democratic turmoil in the United States, the constant unwarranted and thoughtless meddling by the U.S. in regions all over the world, China's military buildup in the South China Sea, global wealth inequality, global environmental threats, massive economic uncertainty across the globe, astonishing and despicable human rights abuses rampant in countries rich and poor, a nuclear war constantly looming over us, etc., etc.
There's no doubt our global society is in a fragile and uncertain state. I admit too, that I've lost sleep over the plethora of problems globally and locally. I sometimes wonder if this kind of uneasy feeling is what people of the world experienced in the years leading up to and through World War II when it seemed as if all of civilized society was in fear of breaking down.
15 hours ago
Same for me, Ruth and Carl. Some people often called me a pessimist, but now they understand that I'm a realist. And I try hard to keep that knowledge of a deteriorating world from overflowing and spoiling other parts of my life - no need to disturb a happy cat, a demented aunt and more.
5 hours ago