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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Living in, "Interesting Times"

In this blog, I plan to ruminate on our current, "Interesting Times."  "May you live in interesting times," has been credited to the Chinese, spoken as a curse; but other sources insist that it is not, and that it is, actually, modern.  Nonetheless, these can be said to be, "interesting times."

In my long lifetime, there has not been a time that was more notable for it's bizarre-ness. ("Bizarre," is defined by dictionary.com, as: "markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd.")

And, as this is a political election year, first, I must comment that, in all the political election years that I have lived through, none can match the strangeness of the current one; (which may become even stranger as it unwinds!)

How is someone who has experienced as many years as I have, supposed to integrate within one's personal philosophy the following:

     Not a month seems to go by without one or more, seemingly, senseless acts of individual and/or group violence--notably seeming random killing of other people--including police officers killing individuals, and individuals killing police officers, and, most awful, children planning and carrying out mass killings. 

     The current interest in, "zombies", and the use of, "designer," and other drugs.  (Not to be ignored are the recent articles abut people being bizarrely naked in public, or individuals taking bites out of other people, which seem to come down to one, or both, of these two ingredients.)  To me, it is beginning to seem that these occurrences of violent/bizarre behavior has become contagious.

      The purposeful taunting/disrespecting of those things sacred to others; such as cartoons of religious leaders, etc., deliberately inviting retaliation--more violence.

     Young people, raised in the Western World, doing their best to join the extremely violent and sexist group known as, "ISIS."  (Somehow, that modern male, misogynistic and militaristic phenomenon, has come to be  known by the name of an ancient Goddess. {Isis was worshiped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic. Wikipedia}.  As far as I am concerned, this cannot be an accident!

Many writings attest to the search for the cause of what we know as, "man's inhumanity to man." There are those, who follow science, trying to place the roots in our ancient history--the cave man and his club--and that we are only exhibiting our true, violent natures.  (For me, I do not believe that primitive men would have been violent towards their fellow-man/woman;  there would have been more survival-value in cooperation than violence.)

Then again, if, as has been indicated, we are destined to have to experience, all that we have caused to happen in the past, it seems as though we must be reaping what has been disbursed over long periods of time--suggesting, "end times."  Then again, we may just be experiencing a purposeful effort to spread fear throughout the world.  You think?

With that, I end this blog,

Shirley Gallup 





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