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I read and watch the news most days, but at present there is little in it to cheer about. Here in BC the fire season has started early, (150 are burning at present) and the fires are fierce especially in West Kelowna where many have been evacuated. The one good thing is we finally cooled off, and had some rain starting on Saturday. The fires are equally as bad just over the border in Washington State, and it is only July!


Internationally it seems to me that regardless of who is to blame, it is the general population who suffer. I can’t begin to think of the horror on that Malaysian flight, or in the Middle East. In Nigeria, there is the ever and present threat, especially if you are a female, of being kidnapped to live in who knows what kind of horror. The list is almost endless, in this world we live in, of where there is no expectation to live in any degree of safety or freedom.


We all see the ‘big’ news items, which render me speechless. Then we have the usual array of shootings and death. Being summer it is also the time of road crashes, so many people dead in an instant.


There is a part of me that really doesn’t want to watch or read the news these days, but I can’t do that. Yet what on earth can be done to stop it all! I guess I watch now because I feel I owe it to those who are killed, to at least know that they lived and now are dead, not sure if that makes any sense at all, but there it is.

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invertedsky
Jul. 20th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
I don't watch or read the news lately. Mainly because I've been so busy with work. But nevertheless I've heard about the tragic events. It's all pretty ridiculous when taking a broad view of things. With our ability to think and reason, we should be better than this.
twicet
Jul. 21st, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
With our ability to think and reason, we should be better than this.

Agree, unfortunately depending on how warped your thinking is, there goes the ability to reason. From afar, many can see solutions, but that takes for granted those in the middle, see the situation in the same way...

I do hope work slows down a bit for you, just enough for some free time:)
albertesmor
Jul. 21st, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
No news is good news, it seems to be very true these days.

Russia and Israel.... Definitely not fun places.
Makes me wonder if I'll experience a big war in my backyard, wish to think we're wiser, but not much to indicate that.
I really don't understand war, I understand disagreement and fighting for your rights, but I don't get the whole Darlek way of thinking: Exterminate exterminate....
The whole I want more and I want you to lose yours.
But guess it's so very human, we're egoistic as default. We teach our kids the importance of sharing when they're todlers and then we teach them the opposite when they're teenagers. Because grown ups don't share, we have ambitions and we want it all.

Okay Monday morning rant over. Two more weeks of work then vacation time for me :)

hugs
twicet
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
I really don't understand war, I understand disagreement and fighting for your rights, but I don't get the whole Darlek way of thinking: Exterminate exterminate....

I do get it, though I would rather not. But to be that way, the need for others to either think as you do or die, has to involve a very warped way of thinking, and being.

I don't really think it is a case of wanting more, just the need for total control in every aspect of the life of another.

I look around, and wonder at our blindness, we expect our children to listen to what we tell them, but our actions tell the opposite story. Then we wonder what we did wrong when our children rebel or are in trouble.

I like your idea of a Monday rant:)

Hope the week is a good one.

*hugs*
spike7451
Jul. 21st, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
There is a part of me that really doesn’t want to watch or read the news these days, but I can’t do that.

.... I totally understand what you mean.
twicet
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
I do though watch! For whatever reason, even knowing there is little or nothing I can do to change what I am watching.
spike7451
Jul. 24th, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)
I watch to, even if it does get me so angry sometimes.
lab_jazz
Jul. 22nd, 2014 09:25 am (UTC)
I know how you feel, you just end up with disaster overload.

What makes it worse is because I have a world vision child who I support, I'm constantly getting begging letters from world vision with such things as "the children of Syria desperately need YOUR help' all over the envelope. If I could help financially support every child in the world I would do so.

These days I try not to even look at the envelope as I bin it.

twicet
Jul. 22nd, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
disaster overload That's a good name for it.

We no longer have a sponsored child, though were talking about that just recently, but the letters still come. I notice that happens now with a number of things. I go to the odd opera or symphony concert, not many, but then I get mail and phone calls even after I explain I will go when and only when there is something that interests me. Bit off topic, but I know what you mean.

Last Christmas we gave the kids some animals, school supplies, and wells through a care plan i.e. the animals etc. went to families in need. Though they have sent some requests for help it hasn't been overwhelming. I'll do that again this Christmas.
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