Do you get the impression the whole world is waiting? It’s as though the planet itself is holding its breath, hoping against hope that the end of the Bush era, coupled with the rise of Obama, may restore a measure of sanity and reconciliation to this grief-torn world.
There’s not been much happening at Sparrow Chat lately. You’ve probably noticed. It’s difficult to write in a void. And that’s what we’re in right now – a vacuum. Oh, sure, there’s still plenty for the political blogs to rant about; politicians everywhere can be relied on to supply a continuous outpouring of gaffs, corrupt practices, and general back-biting.
Take the US Republican Party for instance: a perfect example of grown men and women behaving like a pack of mangy curs, recently rounded up and caged pending euthanasia. Barking and snarling at their Democrat captors does them no good whatever so they turn on each other, ripping apart individual ideals while less vicious members are content to lap up spilled blood.
Across the pond in Britain, a lacklustre prime minister grimly grips power by his bitten-down fingernails as the uncloaking of a vast network of political corruption threatens his existence, and provides entertainment for the masses, happy to take their minds off the ever present economic debacle.
It all makes fodder for the media, yet has little effect on the progress of so-called civilization.
Meanwhile, the world waits, holding its breath and pretending nothing is untoward. Barack Obama rushes about the globe, mending fences that can be repaired, hoping those that can’t won’t topple over, at least not for a while yet.
It’s all in the hands of the Capitalists, you see. Progress, that is. At the end of the day, whether civilization as we know it survives, or not, is dependent on the back-room machinations of those who hold the purse strings of power.
If it’s profitable for the human race to survive, it will. If not, then……well, it’s time for a sharp intake of breath.
To put it bluntly, our only hope is that the ‘global warming’ skeptics turn out to be right; that it is, after all, nothing more than a vast scientific conspiracy aimed at topping up the research coffers.
Most who believe that, however, are also convinced the World Trade Centers were destroyed following hordes of demolition experts invading the property without anyone’s knowledge, and setting explosive charges timed to coincide with CNN broadcasting some obsolete footage pirated from “Towering Inferno”.
Still, who knows? In a world as totally crazy as this one, it’s possible they might be right.
Filed under: It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world