If you, dear Sean, come up with so many problems. does it surprise you, that I, a newly widowed 86 year old. just cannot cope with everything that is coming my way? I often wonder, is it just old age, that makes me feel like I don’t want to talk to anyone on the phone anymore. There is just too much that is confusing for me. But reading what you, a much younger person are experiencing, I wonder now, is it just my deteriorating mental alertness that makes incapable to exist calmly in this super modern society, or is society as a whole getting ‘too smart’ for a lot of us?
I think, I would just like to reblog your thought provoking post to see, what my followers, and especially my family, have to say to this!
Rocket Science? What for? Couldn’t life be a bit simpler, please!
I’m in the middle of a bureaucratic goose chase with a government department. It’s hair pulling out stuff. I have supplied said department with the exact same information through five different channels and still, somehow, the situation has not been resolved to the bureaucracy’s satisfaction. It’s a hungry machine, devoid of empathy. It’s a Tower of Babel!
I’m not surprised that people vote for politicians who tout less regulation and smaller governments – private enterprise and the free market are the solution for a smoother ride – NOT!
I say this because I also find myself on an insane merry-go-round ride with my telecommunications/energy provider. Ironically, a government website helped me to find this particular provider! We’ve all heard how you have to shop around to get the best deal.
Saying that, have you shopped around to find a better bank deal? I mean you’d have to be a fool…
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I hope, that you, my dear followers and also my family, who may start reading this post by Sean Crawley, are not going to hesitate to go to his original post to read the remaining 277 words. What he writes is really thought provoking! 🙂
This is what I wrote to Sean:
Sean, maybe you’d like to have a look at these quotes by Carl Sagan.
“Sagan explains how only when a society is dedicated to science and skepticism can it stave off the grasp of authoritarian leadership. ”
Sean. I very much like your email to MARS: “Now that you have successfully landed Perseverance on Mars, do you have some spare time to assist me with some wicked problems I have encountered here on Earth?”
Spot on Uta! Thanks for reblogging this. I really wonder how long we can continue like this before everything collapses? In away, it makes you thankful to be old!
Too right, Cat. For us oldies we soon are going to leave all these struggles behind, anyway. But I think, if I’d belong to a younger genration, I’d probably like to fight for changes. Somehow I have some hope for the generations of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, that is, my hope is, that they will become somewhat enlightened generations and able to think more based on true knowledge. And then a lot of public institutions are bound to change! Hopefully men and women are going to become more equal, and the males may resort more to their female instincts rather than live for these masculine power games that lead to inequality and wars!
You said it, Uta!
Such a relatable, timely, important write! Thank you, Sean!
And thank you, Uta, for sharing it with us!
All of this has become so complicated and in some ways feels unsafe and so confusing.
It is weary-ing, too.
It is complicatesd, alright, Carolyn. But why?
Hope you are feeling well.
Love and Hugs, Uta 🙂
I don’t know why. The other week I was saying I wish I could go back to paying bills with cash or with checks.
Recently, the Post Office where we get our mail locked our box in a way we couldn’t get in with our key. When we inquired they said it was because our box rent was due and we hadn’t paid it. Well, they had NOT send us a bill or put a bill from them in our box so we didn’t even know it was due. Ha! We paid immediately, for course, and they let us back in our box.
I was frustrated…but then laughed…when The Postal Service can’t deliver a bill from them to you for your post-office-box rent…how silly is that!
Indeed, how silly is that! But it is good that you could then laugh about it, Carolyn. 🙂
Hugs from me too! 🙂
Thank you for sharing this on your blog. It seems to have struck a chord with many.
These everyday frustrations may at times seem trivial, but in my opinion they are not. They are symptoms of a world gone wrong, a world breaking. And I have very few ideas about what to do about it, other than write and connect and try to get more people engaged in the political process (which is not an easy thing to do).
In my opinion, the right wing elements in Australia, and in many other western liberal democracies, have been aggressively propagandising the notion of unfettered individualism whilst demonising anything that has the faintest whiff of socialism. This recently has been demonstrated by the very large number of people who have rejected masks and who will reject the COVID vaccine.
Individualism, which has been facilitated by economic policies that encourage people to get ahead financially, (which essentially means we live in a rat race with few winners and many losers) creates an environment where the idea of replacing people with machines for the sake of profit, goes unquestioned.
We definitely need a reboot. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the pandemic will be the trigger for this. The rhetoric is all about getting back to business as usual. Business as usual is destroying the natural world and humanity for the sake of economic growth.
But, I remain an optimist and have sufficient faith in humans that this will not, and can not, continue forever.
I think, you’re right Sean, that it is too much about ‘getting back to business as usual’. When do we learn that economic growth cannot go on forever?