There is just too much sadness in this world.
Globally, I can’t believe what is happening. The song refrain “In My Own Lifetime” keeps going through my head. In my own lifetime, I never thought I would see such destruction and such heartless acts of savagery. Beheadings? I never thought I would see such prejudice and hatred.(the beating and intimidation of Jews walking to synagogue in Europe). I naively thought that we had progressed as human beings, but I see that I was wrong.
On a personal basis, I am losing too many friends. I just received this email:
I have felt sad this weekend about the loss of our very special friend, Diane.
It made me think about the people who lived in the house with Diane and our happy times at UW, living and laughing together, studying together, creating and performing homecoming skits together, attending parties together, and generally being carefree with great adventures awaiting in our futures. Also about the amazing contributions to our families and communities that we all have made over the last 40 plus years. It is my understanding that Diane also was a dynamic leader in her Chicago community and has many devoted friends and family members, as do all of you.
So I just wanted to send a big hug to each of you in memory of Diane. Continue reading
Posted in About Life in General, Babybooming, Searching for Wisdom, World Situation
Tagged babyboomers, barbaric acts, cancer, death, keeping in touc with old friends, loss, sorrow, terrorism
I don’t know about you, but having to deal with big companies’ automatic phone answering systems is wearing me down. It’s gotten so bad that when I hear that woman’s computer generated voice, I start looking for a tranquilizer.
At the end of June we had our credit card’s number stolen. How? I don’t know but the bank decided not to call us when someone made 14 one dollar purchases along the road from La Valencia to Palm Springs. I would have thought that was suspicious, but what do I know?
Because of this theft, we had to get new cards and also change every automatic payment we make. Several I could do online, but others I had to call. And go through listening to the voice telling me to choose my options: one, two, three and four. But I couldn’t just choose—I had to listen to what each option was. Invariably I was Option: Other. It didn’t end there with a person to help me. When I went to the option, I had to enter more data. Or answer stupid questions.
One day I lost it and started shouting into the phone, “I want to talk to a person!” Another time, after waiting patiently for Option Three I got this response: “Due to a high volume of calls, we suggest you call at another time. Goodbye.” That was not a good day.
I just got off the phone with our credit card company. Yesterday my card was denied at the grocery store, which is always a pleasant occurrence. So when I called to check on it, I had to go through the whole rigmarole of options. Finally, a young woman came on the line and asked me every question in the book except my bra size. When she began to explain company policy, I put my head on my desk. By the time she was done with me, my eyes were crossed.
I’m beginning to believe this is a Soviet plot. (Yes, I said Soviet. Live with it.) It’s a sneaky way to drive formerly sane Americans to commit acts of violence. No wonder there’s so much road rage.
Until this Gaza conflict, I had not realized how blindly I could follow doctrine presented to me as news, while actually it was opinion with a biased slant.
I don’t want labels put on me–I will not register as a Democrat or a Republican. I reserve the right to be liberal on social issues and fiscally conservative, at the same time. (But I hope I am wise enough to look at the situation, and not just give a blanket stamp of approval either way.) I am not blue or red, but red, white and blue. I am an American and proud of it. Because I am American, I feel entitled to be free to speak my mind without fear of threat. And to change my mind if facts dictate it. But where do you find FACTS?
Someone who wanted to find unbiased reporting of the Gaza-Israeli conflict asked if Al Jazeera would be a good source. Al Jazeera is based in Qatar, an Arab nation. I can’t believe their news reporting is unbiased towards Israel. But people believe it to be reporting evenhandedly. Someone else directed me to a site that was supposedly unbiased that said Israel was using chemical weapons, trying to kill as many Palestinians as possible while keeping the buildings intact. That made no sense to me–I’d seen the rubble, for God’s sake, but the site did have an article with the headline: “Israel charged with Using White Phosphorous”. I was shocked, and decided to research the site’s origins. It was a media company based in Ramallah, a Palestinian city. Not a news company–a media company. The article was written in 2009 and was merely an allegation. It wasn’t based on FACTS. But if I hadn’t gone further, I, too, would have believed it.
Hamas plays by different rules than Americans. Israel, a democratic modern nation, plays by similar rules to ours. Maybe that is why the world holds it to a higher standard? That the world believes Israel should be more humanitarian, while it’s okay for Hamas to follow a doctrine of terror? It is a fact that Israel is going after the threat to their nation. I believe that the United States would do they same. (That is not genocide as some celebrities have charged!!) It’s pretty well established that Hamas has used schools and mosques as staging areas. It is fact that Israel has sent warnings to the areas they are going to bomb before they do. Why not get the people out? Hamas chooses to use them as human shields and pawns. Who is putting the Palestinians in harm’s way? World leaders are asking this same question.
I must say that I am against war. I want peace talks to work. I want people to live side-by-side, in peace. (I’d actually like people to work together to make the world a better place, but oh, well.) I can’t imagine attacking anyone–Wait, that is not true. If someone was trying to attack my grandchildren, children, my husband–any of my family or my next door neighbor, I’d go after them to the best of my ability. I’d use every weapon I could. I realize that now. Which is a FACT.