Thursday, April 12, 2018

That Queasy Feeling

It's like that queasy feeling you can sometimes get out at sea, short of fullblown seasickness but still uncomfortable. Today, it seems, that queasiness comes back, a lot, even on dry land.

This one has nothing to do with ocean swells and vicious waves. It's the constant churn in our world, a world in trouble, steered by a species that has not a clue how to make for a safe port.

Climate change, overpopulation, rapacious over-consumption, ascendant superpower rivalries - it's like Gordy Howe in the corners when the ref's not looking - all elbows. Only this isn't a game. It's life. Lives, ours, yours and mine. It's enough to leave anyone a bit queasy.

Syria may be headed for a modern day showdown at the OK Corral. Putin is at one end. Trump is at the other. Trump has issued the challenge, threatening a rain of cruise missiles. He can always back down but not without losing face. With all this happening, BBC News asks a number of experts if we are heading for a Third World War:

But don't worry. There'll always be a place for us in their plans.


Rural said...

That feeling Queasy is now almost daily in my gut Mound, like I am sure many others the idiot politicians from far and wide coupled with mankind in general destroying the little ball of dirt we live on scares the crap out of me. I often wonder if the decade or so I have left on this earth (perhaps) will end naturally or by mam made world wide disaster,,,,
I am not optimistic in that regard!

Jay Farquharson said...

If you are feeling queasy, you don't want to read this:

Trailblazer said...

I vividly remember that Black Adder episode; it brought a chill to my body.\

I grew up seeing 'shell shocked' ex servicemen twitching and talking to themselves as they walked through the streets.
Even as a child in the 1960's they were looked upon as mental patients ,many of the adults having already forgotten the "great" war.
As a youth we did have Armistice Day; not remembrance day or veterans day nor patriots day or any jingoistic bullshit.
We remembered the ending of a war , not it's result nor the heroes of which there were many on both sides!
The western world has now taken the baton from the USA to glorify war and it's victors, assuming that the victors are of the Anglophile WASP persuasion.

I am old enough to remember history!!
You know the rest?


Owen Gray said...

I'm old enough to remember the paranoia of the Cold War. This is beginning to smell like the Cold War.