The Writing on the Wall

September 9th, 2008

I have to give up the morning news because it’s making me so depressed.  A chunk of Antarctica the size of Manhattan broke off and drifted away. Polar bear numbers are dwindling. Sarah Palin is set to take us back to the Dark Ages where kids will rely on a Promise Ring instead of a condom…and women are buying this bullshit. Bush is still an idiot. Journalists use the term “clean coal” without asking if it’s an oxymoron. (Have they ever seen the top of an irreplaceable mountain removed by a mining company?) Oh yeah, and an atom smashing experiment tomorrow might turn the world inside out! How do I prepare for that?A flashlight and a can of Beanie Weenies? I just can’t start my day this way any longer. I try to do my bit to be a good citizen of the world–sending money to Hillary and Obama, sponsoring a woman war survivor, pushing for women’s rights through my work–but my challenge today is to turn off the tv, stop reading the political blogs, and write my own news story. A story about taking a chance to laugh whenever it presents itself, about not losing faith in the power of truth, about realizing my worrying won’t stop atom-crushing scientists from creating a giant black hole on my street but hoping for happy endings anyway, because, after all, why not? 


6 Responses to “The Writing on the Wall”

  1. Pat says:

    Well, now. Someone who shares many of my same worries. Like you I am completely worried about the state of affairs we find ourselves in and living where I do….hear very little from the folks around me that might make me feel there really is a chance for change. I, too, have been for Hillary all along (and for many years). But, now I am completely FOR OBama….how could a person not be? Comes Palin, and now I am even more concerned. I am still watching the news….thinking I will see something positive which will make me feel we aren’t going down the tubes. I never seem to give up….but lately have so many doubts. I’m with ya. Pat

  2. notmassproduced says:

    you echo my thoughts exactly but say them with more brilliance than i ever could. i vote u run for president – it’s our only hope.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As an insomniac and reforming news junkie who once seriously considered a career in journalism, I read Tuesday’s posts with all the excitement of someone recognizing an old friend on the street. I was awake at 2:30 this morning aware that scientists in Cern were at that hour firing up their new machine and wondering what I should be feeling if a black hole was forming under me. And just how does one prepare for that anyway? And what about politicians who think we are so stupid that we’ll accept a moose-shooting mommy as a replacement for a savvy stateswoman? But then, look how many of us do!!! Is there a twelve-step program for news junkies?

    Sherry in Little Rock

  4. danette says:

    I believe that what we see shifts our consciousness. An hour a day of destruction, lies, war and stupidity is a powerful thing to remove from your life. I support you!

    Imagine if all the people who watch the evening news gave it up for a year, and spent that time instead playing in the garden, dancing or enjoying their loved ones..The world would change so drastically that there might actually be some “good news” on the news.

    Sometimes, my partner and I play a game called “is this news?”. We watch the news and judge after each segment if that was actually useful to know. Usually that makes the news kind of funny.

  5. V-Grrrl says:

    Yesterday we had hurrican Ike pounding Texas, five bombings in India, a commuter rail wreck in LA, deaths in Afghanistan, a plane crash and saber rattling in Russia, and I had to turn off the news too.

    My secret is that part of me was a little disappointed that the supercollider didn’t create a black hole. There are days when being suddenly dismantled at the molecular level appeals to me so much more than dying one pathetic cell and moment at a time…