coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Getting back up

Like so many of you, I am fighting despair after the Senate acquitted Trump. We knew that was going to happen. Still, it sure has hit me hard. How about you?

Despair seems like a normal and reasonable reaction to injustice. We all feel it from time to time. Unfortunately, it is an emotion that will not sustain us. Despair won't make us stronger or happier. Left to it's own devices, despair will consume us. Then we lose. By all that is righteous and good, I want to win.

(I'm trying to give myself a good talking to.)

I've used the boxer analogy before because it is beautiful to me. It is the only sport I might be tempted to watch on TV.
The fighters with the most "heart" are the ones who never give up. Sometimes they get knocked out, but there is always the next fight. Who knows what might happen next?

The odds are that 50% of future events will be good ones over a sufficient period of time. Nothing stays the same. History is cyclical. Blah, blah, blah. You know what I mean, those platitudes are actually shorthand for the truth. 

Now I'm going to go read a sword and sorcery fantasy and veg out for today. Maybe I'll make some cookies, or putter around in the garden. I think we all need a little R&R. We should be back to normal soon.

My uncle and my father about 1937


  1. Normal would be so nice. I have high hopes for the election.

  2. Yes, I am in despair over all of this. The acquittal did not come as a surprise but it came with a lightning strike of reality. I wish there was a Democratic candidate that wowed me to my bones, there isn't. But I am hopeful that in November we will come out swinging and knock those bastards out cold.

  3. Don't know where I read this; hopefully not here:
    Ring the bell that still can ring
    Forget the perfect offering.
    There is a crack in everything;
    That's how the light gets in.
    Leonard Cohen

  4. We won't give up, Colette! Let's hope for the best!

  5. I'd rather remain part of the Resistance than to give in to Despair, which in a way seems too much like Acceptance to me and I refuse to Accept that which is Unacceptable even if it is supported by far too many in our Country right now. I don't engage in too many discussions with this Tyrant's Supporters, they've drank the Kool-Aide and there is no reasonable dialogue one can have. I feel strongly that he will continue to go too far, now that he feels invincible and above the Law, and that will eventually lead to his demise. He has to be the one to turn his rabid Base against him, I pity them in so many ways that he's run the ultimate Con on them and they've put him in Power, that will be the Blood on their Hands, not mine.

  6. I was unsurprised but also sickened by it. And I fear deeply that that bastard will win again.


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