2022

Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Several years ago a friend suggested a book titled: Walking On Eggshells by Jane Isay describing with personal insights and honest interviews the interactions between Adults, Other Adults and Children, the young and the grown ones. I read it, loved it and wished that I had stumbled upon it when I was much younger, and when it would have been much easier to stick an adhesive tape over my lips rather than spilling it all out! However, I am of that segment of a generation that grew up in the tumultuous sixties and that had decided to be avant-garde about what we imagined to be important  issues, one of which was to do away with hypocrisy, double-speak and masks! We were going to tell it like it is, spill the beans, do away with tippy-toeing around issues like the generations before us! Oh my! Add to that “revolutionary” attitude the fact that I am an Arab Woman, who was living (at the time), in a traditional society and you can bet that all this was sometimes a hard sell! Did we succeed? Not really! Looking at our Planet right now where hypocrisy, double-speak and masks abound, it seems that we are even worse off today than the generations before mine! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

The Lethal Virus that invaded our World, and that is still alive and kicking its way around, sickening, killing (about 400 US Humans per day!) and doing mischief opened the door for many to cope and to adjust to a new reality. One of those realities was Zooming! Families, alumni, book clubs, business meetings, seminars, academia and, of course, our vaunted television hosts began to Zoom in earnest. However, many in the media, especially, still, and after almost three years of doing this, haven’t quite gotten the hang of it, and I chuckle to myself when I see them interviewing a guest. They often barely allow that guest to return their: Welcome to the Show (or whatever greeting they chose to start off with) while hardly waiting for that same person to respond before disappearing him/her from the screen and mouthing off. They also do the same at the end of their interview barely giving their guest the courtesy of saying: Thank you for inviting me (or whatever they want to end with) before cutting them off and rudely disappearing them again, mostly mid-sentence! It is so offensive, and technologically lame. Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Then we have the shrill bombardment by Big Pharma of inserting an ad almost every five minutes into Every Single Program on television! I am not surprised, of course, because ads are the prime reason for the existence of television to begin with, the second being Runaway Capitalism! However, I am disgusted and annoyed by this continuous intrusive assault! Thank Heavens that I can pre-record and zap through their rude invasions. Whom are they really directing their obnoxious – and it really is obnoxious! – advertising to? Me and You? After all, we can’t just ask our doctors for the product that they are ramming down our throats because our Health Insurance companies (for those of us who have them) are the deciders of which products, and from which manufacturer, to sell us. Are they aiming their distasteful advertising at the Doctors who do not have the time to watch television, and who are visited by Pharma Reps to sell them products and sweeten the deal with all those vacations, perks and lures in order for those so-called “Do-No-Harm” Professionals to prescribe products whether we need them, or not; whether they are appropriate or not? Opioids Anyone? Or, is it simply “Corporate Media Welfare” whereby Pharma pads the wallets of all the over-paid, under-achieving television executives and personalities? Obviously they are not speaking to most of the hoi polloi! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Globalization is another one of those ideas that seems to be faltering these days, and showing fissures that have, mainly, hurt the underdeveloped Humans of our World, while allowing Corporations to rake in the Profits and feed their Greed. One very annoying aspect of this Globalization are the Call Centers situated in such places as India, the Philippines and other countries where the Agents are woefully under-trained and where you often cannot understand their heavy unintelligible accents resulting in our concerns/issues/questions not being properly addressed as we wait “on hold” for umpteen hours! Then there are the other unscrupulous Call Centers ringing you umpteen times a day in order to Scam You! I believe that they are aided and abetted by Insiders! Shameful! While our Government has closed down some of those Fly-By-Night Outfits, they keep reemerging! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Then there are those Polls! I remember when I was a teenager, and later into my twenties, when I answered the Questionnaires in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and how after I tallied my results I would go into a Funk for failing to be: the sexiest chick on the block; the trendiest girl ever; the smartest genius that exists, and so on! The whole trajectory of my dismal-looking future would be determined by those results! Well! Nowadays we have Polls, almost all of them Non-Sexy Political ones, and almost all posing their Slanted, Biased Questions in order to arrive to the Conclusions that the Pollsters have cunningly pre-determined. Moreover, they usually Poll about Two to Three Thousand People, and then base the results on that selection. However, “The People” often Outrightly Lie to those Pollsters, as one Poll Guru outlined. Nevertheless, the Blood Pressure of the Nation is measured by the Poll Results, Hyped by the Media and Quoted by the Specialists, and the Sheeple swear by them and act on them! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Lastly, I would really love to know who are all those People listening to the Thousands of Podcasts; downloading the thousands of Apps; reading the Thousands of Newspapers and Magazines that are On Line, or are on Paper; perusing the Thousands of Blogs (including mine) that are available? Who has that much time to read/listen to anything but one, or two of these publications a day? After all, whether you avail yourself of the content of the Right leaning, the Left leaning, the Middle, the Subjective, the Objective, or Whatever, you end up with Repeat, Repeat, Repeat and hardly ever change your beliefs, because we Humans are Obdurate! And that’s precisely why, at this particular time, we have demonstrated how Dangerously Divided and Polarized we are on almost every issue under the sun, including, and most importantly, The Truth! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Of course, there is Much More “Ridiculous” going on in the World, and I’m sure that you have your own list! For today, these are my mine! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

2022

Reading Therapy

Reading is one of my Prime Therapies, as I will avidly devour a book, a pamphlet, a comic, a magazine, or anything that I can read. This Relationship between me and any printed material has been going on since I was a child. It has Never changed, unlike other proclivities that I have Updated, Changed, or completely Chucked over time for being totally useless as I Evolved with Age, Time and Experience. Recently though, I have been reading 86 (Eighty Six) by Asato Asato with illustrations by Shirabii, the genre being described as a: Teen and Young Adult Light Novel. Being that I am neither a Teen, nor a Young Adult one might unsurprisingly ask: Why, with the most fantastic array of books out there, would this old woman be interested in that one?

Good question! Well, for one thing I am fascinated with Japanese Anime Art and Videos that my grandson introduced me to, a style that 86 follows. Moreover, in checking out the jacket of the book I read that it dealt with Empires, Wars, Drones, Oppression, Racism, Authoritarianism etc., subjects that are right up my alley and that are very apropos for these very scary and extremely dangerous times we are living in! It was a fascinating read, and I will probably line it up on my bookshelf along with Brave New World, Animal Farm, 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. It will fit there very comfortably!

Most Books, whether they are Novels such as the ones mentioned above, or Historical Analysis and Observations, or Documentaries that Bear Witness are meant to tell us something, to alert us, to impel and inspire us to make a connection between their subject matter and current events. However, there is a dearth of Human Memory and Inference these days and a Corrupt, Willfully Blind, and/or Ignorant Bought-and-Paid For Media that provides No Context to their Sanitized, Cherry-picked News! In fact, it seems that the Media are fully aware that Sheeple have hardly any Memories, Historical Knowledge, or Analytical Abilities and rather than provide those, their dismal greed promotes them to hype up divisiveness and sensationalism. In other words, they can get away with gaslighting the general population and encouraging the Extremists amongst those as they have been doing, especially during the past several years. Shameless! 86 depicts how Authoritarian Regimes can do that, and we only have to look around our Globe at Democracies, as well as Dictatorships, to see how successfully that is being applied. Nevertheless, and despite such Deceptive Measures in this day and age it is very Difficult, if not Impossible, to keep the lid on Anything. Sooner, or later the Truth wends its way out of the Darkness as Investigative Journalists, Honest Writers and Moral Whistleblowers amongst other Ethical Humans convey that Truth through different channels at their disposal, but that, unfortunately, remain perused by the very few. Sometimes, as in the case of the January 6th. Committee, and all the Witnesses they had gathered, that Truth is displayed Publicly and for all to See and Hear. That is a Good Thing, a Very Good Thing!

One important finding that was revealed by the Trump Administration and the January 6th. Hearings is how little many Americans understand what Democracy and Freedom truly are and what Political Maturity and Acumen are all about. Until that changes, and until Humans Evolve enough to change that miserable condition, we, Ordinary People, will continue to be regarded as Collectively Insignificant by all the “Powerful,” the Monied, the Corporations, Media Outlets and Personalities who are Manipulating us to their heart’s content! Meanwhile, and just by watching some of the Speeches going on at the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) Conference in Texas recently, one can easily Infer that Entitled Elites, such as the Political Leaders of the Republican/Conservative Party are talking of False, Drummed Up Ideals and Unattainable Goals that the Average Republican/Conservative/Rightwing Sheeple are led to believe is their Only Salvation, and the Only Way through which they Will be Prosperous, Safe and Happy. Sheer Hypocritical Baloney, of course any way you slice it and dice it, but nevertheless, extremely dangerous, irresponsible and blatant gaslighting and manipulation. It has become all the more dangerous after the FBI raided Trump’s residence and hauled off what sounds like enough material to indict him, and while his ardent followers are ready to load and cock their guns and go to War in his defense! Terrifying! It makes me think back on the Great Author Chalmers Johnson who wrote an incredible analysis of America in his book, which I have referred to previously on this site: The Sorrows of Empire, where in one passage he suggests that anyone who can buy a condo in Canada might be better off moving there than remaining in a United States that is, basically, destroying itself! Miserable and Utterly Sad! Will there be enough American Humans to Vote Out those promoting Deceit and Violence, as well as all those who are rallying their Zealots to War? Will there be enough True Patriots to stand up and say that they will not be Sheeple and Adamantly Refuse to go along with Violence so as to Alter that Menacing Trajectory? I truly and fearfully wonder, because this is a time like No Other when we all need to forget all our Gripes, Criticism and Bitching and stand up for the country! There are more than enough fires all around the world, enough unrest, enough wars, enough crime, enough violence and enough threatening diseases and pandemics that we need to put out fires not fan their savage flames! Not now! Not at this perilous juncture! Not if we have an ounce of sanity!

Now I need another good book, and a glass of wine to drown my own Sorrows, as well as The Sorrows of Empire!!