Life in interesting times is the subtitle of this blog. I studiously avoid the political, but this morning I can’t help commenting on the crazy state of the world and where we’ll all going. Apologies to my usual bloggy friends.
In this my present little corner of the world – Europe – the news the British are leaving us is pretty disturbing. Didn’t the classics and subsequent history teach us that “United we stand, divided we fall”? It seems that illusions of past power and grandeur live on both in the UK and unfortunately also in some pockets and fringes of population in Europe.
Tiny independent European enclaves are laughable and unsustainable on a global scale. Isolation and new barriers to freedom of movement are medieval and go counter to human progress and development. Both for economics and in terms of culture and the growth of individuals.
I was scanning other news, and found out that a number of major world capitals that boast modern infrastructural and architectural marvels are … sinking. Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta. I remember a lopsided partially submerged in the sidewalk cathedral in Mexico City decades ago, but the rest is recent. The exact speed at which it’s happening still has to be checked out, but it’s definitely happening. Sci-fi visions of collapsing subways and roads: it’s the environment, stupid!
Thronging into mega-cities and artificially pumping oceans of groundwater out of the subsoil has angered mother Gaia.
Next chapter. Whether we like it or not, the USA still leads the rest of the world in our common trudge towards the future. Hence my two cents’ worth on things that are arguably none of my business. Your Congressmen just held a failed sit-in to try to force the party in power to deal with the issue of gun control before taking a break (!) for their Independence Day… holidays. But after the latest shooting tragedy, your public opinion seems to be finally clamouring for some kind of limiting legislation. So?
Besides, counter to the spirit of your Constitution, the party in question has been stonewalling the process to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court for months now. A resulting tied vote has just led to blocking much needed immigration breakthroughs. Which will lead to protracted suffering for millions of families. Tragic.
Also, with November on the horizon, you’ve got a perfectly respectable but agonizingly stubborn primary candidate refusing to step down to pave the way to what appears to be an objectively more qualified/experienced candidate for your coming Presidential elections. The other party’s crowned candidate is scaring the daylights out of the rest of the world.
We all trust you to eventually come to your senses, but then, we also thought the Brits would see the light.
Any good news anywhere? If you dig really hard, you do find some. In Columbia the government and the rebels have signed a cease-fire that could lead to the end of a 50 years of bloody fighting.
When we all have to move to Mars, we’ll be able to eat the veggies we grow there.
In the ongoing 2016 European Football Championship – or soccer if you prefer – a really underdoggy team has qualified for the next round. Yeah Iceland!
Finally, back here in Italy the political spectrum is in chaotic flow. Because of media hype, many people don’t seem to realise that in a number of ways the up-and-coming populist party is not about “Change” at all. It makes sense, considering most Italians’ visceral resistance to change. The fact is that on a meta-level the “new” party is trying to overturn a government that’s managed to break through – slowly admittedly, but then Rome wasn’t built in a day – some of the mummified labour gridlocks and privileges of the past. Government’s even doing pretty well internationally. So why all the “we stand for Change!” bluster?
Besides, I noticed that in Rome, the new party “new” Mayor had declared she was against Uber: so it’s just the same old usual traditional politics- playing to the powerful taxi-driver lobby and trying to stop the clock!
However, surprisingly, in a burst of common sense, their autocratic comedian-turned-political-leader has just come out saying that staying in the EU is a must.
Thank goodness for small mercies. So let’s stay optimistic …
All irrelevant photos 14thcountry.com, in an effort to stay optimistic.