Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

A Blast From the Past, Indeed

January 5, 2008

I was listening to Talking Heads for a blast from the past.  The track ‘Listening Wind’ was playing.  It’s one of those songs that makes my skin tingle because it seems so true – it cuts through all the bullshit and tells you what’s what and tells it like it is.  It’s also very unique and, hence, ‘cool’.

But, it also got to me for another reason.  It got to me because it’s STILL true, about twenty-five years after its release.  It’s just as relevant and, in fact, could have been written yesterday.  Aside from the fact that I used to have hair down to my ass when I listened in the past and, well, now I don’t, nothing has changed.  Not a thing.  A quarter of a century.  More than a generation.  The middle east is still a mess with American foreign policy still fuelling resentment and making things worse rather than better.  And the news stories still invade my home.

 This may seem a bit callous, but I actually feel a certain resentment.  For my entire life, the middle east has dominated the foreign news.  Ever since I was old enough to notice the news the middle east has been the big story, with wars, bombs, civil wars, terrorists, religious nuts, revolutions, hardliners, and the rest getting in my face every day.  I feel imposed upon.   How dare they come into my home and dump their stupid hatred and arguments on me.  And all because they insist on a religious based state of one kind or another.

When will these idiots realise that religion and government are a terrible combination?  Religion is fuel for fires started by heated political debates or situations.  So, two peoples need water in an arid region?  A skirmish over control of the source of the only two rivers in the region grows into an extended, decades long religious conflict encompassing ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ wars.

Do you think people would want or support half the wars if they were presented with the facts – that they are about water, oil, resources, or land and, ultimately, money rather than religion or “To protect/defend our values/way of life”, as they’re told?  I doubt it.  There are lies, damned lies, and then there’s politics or business masquerading as religion.

“The wind in my heart

The dust in my head”

Introduction

January 3, 2008

So I’ve decided to partake in this cultural phenomenon known as blogging.  For anyone who’s interested in following this, I’m challenging myself to write something every day for a year.  Why?  Because the world needs my voice, I tell myself.  Because I want to discipline myself to write more.  Because I have to get things off my chest, blow off steam, impart knowledge, enlighten, express, and create.  Because Mavis Beacon says I need the practice.  Because, regardless of what anyone thinks of it, I’m now a ‘published’ author, and no one can take that away from me.  Along the way I’ll share my thoughts, observations, and insights on people, culture, society, art, politics, the world.  You know – life, the universe, and everything.  Inevitably, subjective opinions will be expressed which means some people may have their own opinions and beliefs challenged and possibly feel offended.  Oh well.  I’ll try to keep it civil. 

I don’t get paid for creative or intellectual pursuits and I don’t make enough money from my recently launched business to live on, yet, so I’ll also have to keep another job.  The end result could be either a total meltdown or greater self-awareness by the end of the year.  Whatever the case may be, it should be interesting.