Saturday, December 31, 2016

There is a Disturbance in the Force

I will be thrilled to see 2016 end. But then I do not see a lot of hope that 2017 will be better for the world. And on a very personal level 2016 has not been horrid. Just not good. I lost two great pets; Wee Willow and Mardi Gras. And the vast majority of my idols from my youth crossed the bridge.

I am very empathetic and many of my dear friends have been going through some very tough times. Would be nice if I could just disconnect but that is who I am. Seems I am just past one round of tears and another begins. 

On the world stage this year saw the death by self-emulation of the Democratic party. As soon as the last primary was over I re-registered as unaffiliated. And watched as the United States created slow suicide by the election of a false idol. Like so many of my friends I suffer still from STSD (Severe Trump Stress Disorder.) The one spark of hope is the complacency of my generation is beginning to fracture. And light can be seen on the other side. Time to get active again. I assure myself each morning that breakdown comes before breakthrough.

But I am going through mourning for my society. I no longer see the victories of my socially committed youth as safe. I must fight to see that the equality and freedoms gained will not be crushed by an egomaniac in a golden tower. But I am older.

I learned in my youth when I marched or campaigned for way too much that I am most effective when I concentrate on just one or two fights. As a photographer living near the wilderness I have chosen the land and the rights of the peoples of that land. Seems fitting as this year I got a new camera.

The problem seems to be in remaining stable while the world is being shaken to its very core. There is indeed a disturbance in the force, and we are in for a very bumpy ride.


  1. Great read which I tried not to go into depression over. It is going to be a very bumpy ride, no doubt about that and we, each in our own way have to decide how we are going to handle it. I have been amazed by people who supposedly hold such high standards in their ethics, morals and faiths have given your next President their vote. From an outsider's point if view it's just mind boggling and for those who have a problem with my regular input on American politics, they need to understand that it's not just about America. What happens there ultimately affects us all no matter where we live.

    1. First the majority of US Citizens did not vote for this. The GOP through gerrymandering stacked the electoral college. And the Russians did more than just hack emails. And it isn't just the US but I think the Brits began it with their departure from the EU. Admittedly the US is the most visual disturbance. But this goes back to 2000. Hopefully we survive as a nation and a world.


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