I’ve slept poorly recently. This time I made a decision during the wakeful period.
What kept me awake? Put bluntly; the dreadful state of the world today. Putting the most urgent issue of the environment emergency aside for the moment, in UK we’re now led by a man who, given the chance, would be a dictator. Together with his moronic counterpart across the wide pond, he has no interest in anyone or anything but himself. Both are supreme narcissists and are by no means alone in this as national leaders. But, in common with other sociopaths who preceded them, they attract attention and support.
It’s a survival feature of humanity that our minds resist change. As part of our persistence as a species, we’ve developed a self-deceiving technique that relies on us believing we’re right. After all, if you’re in a life-threatening situation in the wild, and you resort to internal discussion on the best course of action, you’re going to end up dead meat. That predator ain’t going to join your debate as it sinks its teeth into you!
This basic life-saving quality has, of course, been slowly modified by civilisation, but some have yet to catch up with modern life and continue to think as we did in earlier times.
My point is, regardless of the rights and wrongs of political arguments, some people frequently believe what they want to believe. Otherwise leaders like Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and all those other extremists would have no followers. Whilst their words are often superficially attractive, simple examination of the facts and basic analysis of the actions of these people quickly reveal them as self-serving liars, cheats and frauds. But many people remain unwilling, or unable, to change their minds when presented with indisputable evidence that what they believe to be truth is in fact lies.
So, back to my decision. Since it’s pointless attempting to change such minds, probably impossible even to influence them, I’m withdrawing from online political discussion. It’s always been my hope to make the world a better place and to persuade others of the utter importance of truth and honesty. But it’s obvious such considerations are of no consequence to many people, otherwise the myths and legends that govern politics, religions, customs and traditions, would long ago have been seen for what they are.
Instead, I intend to devote what’s left of my short stay on Earth to the creation of stories, pictures, poetry, and any other form of self-expression to promote the positives of life. I’m aware this will be difficult for someone with my nature, but I’m equally aware failure to change course is likely to send me to an early grave. And there’s so much I want to share before that precious gift of our only life is extinguished and our atoms join the universal collective.
I will, for the sake of the young of the world, continue to support and encourage actions backing the sustainability of the environment. But I’ll avoid involvement in other political debates.
I’ll fail at times. I’ll regress to old habits. At 71, habits have had decades to establish themselves and will resist my efforts to change. But that’s where I’m now bound. I hope, though have no expectations, others will help, join, encourage and remind me as I go through this process. Will you? Perhaps, in the near future, I’ll be rewarded with proper sleep and an increased sense of peace. Who knows?