Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Temptation of Insanity

Our country seems to reek of frustration.

Those of us in the hurricane magnet area soon face another season that is advertised to be just about as bad as last year. The war goes on as do the deaths in its wake. Dead and decayed human beings are still being pulled from the debris along the Gulf Coast. It’s a lot to deal with if you are a sane, sensitive, caring human being.

FEMA will apparently be headed by the last person nabbed for the job. I doubt many have much faith in things getting any better there.

The bush administration doesn’t show any signs of changing its course as far as fighting wars is concerned.

With all this going on, seems to me it would be so much easier to declare insanity than to try to deal with it all. Just throw in the towel and say that’s it, I’m insane and I refuse to acknowledge all the many trials and tribulations that life is barreling my way. Of course we aren’t going to do that, but hell, it sure does seem it would be so much easier. We’re all in the hand basket. We know the destination, and there are times when it looks appealing to just sit back and enjoy the ride.


Blogger glenda said...

No,no,no. patricia, I will have to lend you some ruby slippers with Nike cushioned soles. Just put them on and repeat, "There is no place like home."

Because if we give up, and quit fighting the govenment for justice and basic civil liberties, then, honey, home is gone too.

And then there is no place like home for all those other poor bastards who are getting the sh*t bombed out of their homes. We have to keep fighting to change the power structure.

Besides, hurricane cove may be no riskier than tornado alley for all we know. On that level, I really don't know what to do.

April 11, 2006 8:33 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Let us not confuse going with gone. I'm holding out hope that it's just a conservative administration and not reality. Insanity - complete loss of touch with reality.

I'm old enough to remember Regan. A hilight of that for me was one hot summer evening when an old farmer came to the country store where I had stopped on my way through. "Same thing every evening" he began. "I come in out of the field and turn on the news. Watch for a few minutes and suddenly want to slit my wrists."

Are we going or have we already gone insane? That old farmer was a God fearing conservative according to him. His state has voted for it every national election in recent memory, Bush being no exception. It's people like him that keep voting the sound bytes. The old VN war protest song always comes to mind, "when will they ever learn?" Since the obvious answer is "never" then I must conclude that we are already beyond the point of no return. If we're not already insane then it's at the end of the flight.

April 11, 2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

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April 11, 2006 8:43 AM  
Blogger Lily said...

Because if we give up, and quit fighting the govenment for justice and basic civil liberties, then, honey, home is gone too.

I think Glenda is right, this is what we have to remember. But I think we all know where you are at POP.

I read blogs like Left of Center and I have to really work at dealing with the frustration I have with sorting lies and trying to wrap my brain around truth. Who knows anymore. Who knows. I think the truth is scarier than I had imagined it to be, thats for sure. On many things.

Sadly, insanity is not an option unless you come by it honestly.

April 11, 2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Yeah, I was being a bit dreamy and thinking how nice it would be to just say to everyone, I'm insane so this stuff doesn't bother me. Nope, we can't quit, not ever. I would just like a break from the ugly reality that keeps getting more and more ugly and more and more real.

The only thing that frightens me is what I don't know. Like Elizabeth says, I too fear the truth is scarier than we imagined.

April 11, 2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

PoP, my friend, politics can make you crazy all right. But, don't let it get you down to the point that you want to give up. You've been doing so well sharing your marvelous photos with us, and therein is your peace. Do like I do, go watch a baseball game or mow the lawn. It's great therapy!

April 11, 2006 12:10 PM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Wasn't it Jimmy Buffet who said "If we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane"? Just remember, politics, like just about everthing else, is cyclical. One party gets in to power, abuses its power, screws up the way voters think things shoudl work, and the other party gets voted in and does the same thing. Democrats had a pretty long ride, and it is looking more and more like Repubs have about run their ride out.

April 11, 2006 1:11 PM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

There are so many who are in the same boat as you are. My thinking is that those of us on the frontlines of the fight have to have some R&R time away from the fray or we will all be shell shocked. So, I have been taking time away off and on and forcing myself to take up other activities. Then, I can come back ready to fight the good fight. As for hurricanes, me too. We will do what we can to prepare and rely on good luck.

April 11, 2006 2:55 PM  
Blogger windspike said...

The momentum for gathering sanity and rationality swung completely the opposite direction the day the SCOTUS handed Shrub the election in Y2K. The pendulum will swing back. It has to.

April 11, 2006 3:44 PM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

I have my own insanity-fighting weapon. It's called Tai Chi. Very calming. Keeps me from shoving my head through the nearest wall.

April 11, 2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

I know the feeling, totally ... just gotta do what feels right each day ... and on those days when it feels right to sit back and enjoy the ride that's okay ... and on those days when it feels right to step off the ride altogether why not?... to the extent possible ... and on those days when it feels right to howl ... may we be in a position to howl ... and every day there's an opportunity to be kind to one person ... and drink a thimbleful of redemption ... really just meant to say ... know whatcha mean pop ...

April 11, 2006 7:04 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Sometimes I almost wish I didn't know what I know. Everyone here who has their own blogs knows much more than the average American about what's going on, and sometimes you want to just shout this stuff at anyone you see walking down the street.

I honestly believe the more people knew what we knew, read what we read every day, this president would be in prison right now, and this country would have about 3 Republican Senators and 5 House members.

I sincerely believe that.

April 11, 2006 7:12 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

It would be a heckuva lot easier for you if you just became an end-timer, accept that God talks to Bush, and that Bush is just doing God's work by bringing about Armageddon.

Hell, the world's going to end sooner or later...why prolong it?

April 11, 2006 8:52 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

And it's downhill, baby! All downhill! YIPEEEEE!!

April 11, 2006 8:52 PM  
Blogger Zya said...

Its so depressing when you sit down and think about it. I kinda wish I didn't know.. Ignorance is bliss.

So much better to be a child again.

April 11, 2006 9:25 PM  
Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

You know the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Toto pulls the curtain open and reveals that the big bad Wizard is nothing but a hologram generated by a scared little old man? We're in the same position as Dorothy and her friends were. And having identified the Wizard, we've passed the point of no return.

Everything the Bush administration is telling us now is just one variation of "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" after another. Too late -- game's up...

April 12, 2006 6:44 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

I watched a program last night on Nova about the earth's magnetic core and that it is going bust. The earth is on a collision course with its own nature it seems. Scientists figure that the earth has about another 1,000 years and the lack of the magnetic field (or great depletion of it by then) the earth will basically die. They sort of figure that is what has happened to Mars. So...at least this won't happen in our lifetime. No...we have our Georgie and friends to deal us all the low blows they can for as long as they can. They must be desperate to have a name in history... even if it isn't a good one.

April 12, 2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Do the insane know they are? If they do then that's the first step to recovery. If they don't then they will forever claim that others are insane while they are not. So stand up America and repeat afer me, hi my name is, (your name) I'm insane. How insane am I? I voted for Bush, Chaney, DeLay and I listen to Pat Robertson and believe him...

April 12, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Lies that cause people to believe, have faith are moral. That was said by the curator at Turin who displays and profits handsomly from the famous hoax shroud. Not a hoax? It carbon dates to the time it first appeared and at least 1,300 years too late to be the real McCoy. But it's such a beautiful idea.

The insane want to believe the lies and will bend over backwards, sacrifice all their morality for the morality of the lie.

April 12, 2006 11:21 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Hoaxes never did anyone any real good. Even those who profit from them end up emotional basket cases most often. The ill gotten goods of the con man rarely if ever make his life all that wonderful. Believing lies and saying they are moral is insane. That form of insanity has roots that are very old.

The Bible itself is a hoax. It's been proved now and only time will tell if that brings America to her senses. We have stepped into a quagmire in Iraq and talk of expanding it in Iran. Those WMDs in Iraq were a hoax and that hoax that is now public knowledge is hampering our efforts to really free the world from the threat of WMDs. It's the morality of the lie coming back to haunt the liar.

You didn't know the Bible is now a proved hoax. It's on the internet and over 42 million Americans and multiples more world wide agree, the archaeological find proves it. That site is http://www.hoax-buster.org You don't have to stop believing, having faith but you will probably turn down the intensity a little.

April 12, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

It's hard to believe we live in America sometimes. I have to believe alot of people are sitting back. Nothing seems to stir people.
Their voting seems based on how many tax breaks they can get.

April 16, 2006 6:24 AM  

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