January 1, 2013
It is common practice to make resolutions for the coming year. I would like to be a calmer, more open, accepting person. And I would like to live through these next twelve months. But these are not really resolutions, because most of them seem to be the wishful thinking of others, often forgotten on the first of February. To a certain extent, and I have some control over my attitude, I can achieve some part of my goals. But there are outside factors that influence that attitude.
Working against me is the forseeable future. As far as my vision can perceive, we will live in a fractured, faction dominated country and world. And this threat is further dominated by global economic insecurity. And further, progress toward limiting the predominance of factionalism is influenced by the world-wide need for revenge of one sort of another. In the US, there is a continuing revenge on the President for being black, pragmatic, more intelligent than most, not idealistic and aloof and cool. The Tea Party will either wreck or severely limit the achievement of a better, recovered US.
The Arab Spring has not resulted in democracy, but, rather, in the case of Egypt, where change is most obvious, it has led to a constricted freedom that is held in bonds by the Muslim Brotherhood and, at its most extreme, by those who prefer Islamic law to rule. Other places there is dismay at current leadership or outright war in the case of Syria, whose leader may fall to the rule of other equally un-democratic factions that will fight each other in a kind of ongoing civil war.
There will be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the Gazans. Bibi wants revenge. The Hamas want revenge. And the Palestinians want relief but in the context of supreme corruption and disagreement between factions.
Africa seems to be more violent in those places where war between tribes and political factions has been going on for too long. The sliver of positive light is unseen.
The coverage of events and conditions by the media seems to have turned, at least for a while, to sensationalism, on the one hand. Or, silence about the stories behind the sensational reports about what is going on in those places mentioned previously. That leaves even the most informed with partial information. And for those who seek the truth their stories come out in a report or a book soon to be unread or forgotten. Izzie Stone where are you? Like Cary Grant there is no reporting that is curious beyond the headline and the supporting text like that of IF Stone's weekly.
We're supposed to look at the New Year through rose-colored glasses. I never like that ruse. But as a 76 year old, I had hoped that I could see more sunlight than clouds and darkness. It is my duty, if not my pledge to myself to remain curious, to know reality, so that the shock of it does not come to me by some form of bludgeon, sending me into a depression when my life otherwise is full of sunlight.