I haven’t posted in a while as I’m adjusting to my new work schedule, plus my freelance writing. The new job is fairly physical, and I have been extremely tired when I’m home. That makes it difficult to accomplish much of anything beyond what I absolutely have to do. Meanwhile, the world keeps moving along. Political positions are getting more extreme, and things are getting ugly again.
Nationally, we have the abortion stupidity of Akin. Unfortunately, this myth that he has just promoted is still believed by many people. A high school friend of my daughter once said this same thing. She was surprised when I educated her on the truth. How in the world can we be as advanced as we are, but still believe something like this? So in case there is any confusion: The body absolutely CAN function and a woman CAN become pregnant when raped. I know someone who went through this many years ago.
In Texas, there is talk of civil war if Obama gets re-elected. Of course, it’s Texas. It’s a state that has been known for its extreme political views. In this case, I believe that what happens happens. If people are upset enough to fight against a corrupt government, then more power to them. I don’t think the people promoting this idea have any idea how difficult it will be for people to survive the consequences, but nothing that changed the world in a drastic way was without pain and struggle. I’m not overly worried about a civil war at this time. Frankly, I think people are too selfish to take part. They’re talking out their frustrations, but I don’t really think any of it means anything in the long run.
In my own little town, we have E. Coli in the water, and the water company’s continued efforts to lie, hide the truth, and dip out of the spotlight. We have conflicting stories on what they know. On one hand, they say the samples were contaminated by the lab, and no contamination exists. On the other hand, they say the monsoon rains have caused contamination. It’s been a week since they discovered the first sample containing E. Coli. They have followed the law as loosely as they could in regards to notifying the public. Most of us found out via the school district’s messaging system. The water company itself didn’t do much once they notified the schools. The media is being ignored and shut out by the company as they refuse to talk about the issue for the most part. Statements given contradict each other. Sadly, this isn’t the first time there has been trouble with this company. To make matters more complicated, they are a privately owned utility. There is nothing else available in the area, and trying to take action against them as a citizen has proven to be difficult. The last group to protest the water company’s dangerous practices was sued for defamation. No one has attempted to stand up since.
The kettle is boiling, and it’s hard to say how hot things will get. Being able to find the blessings, the joy and the love in times when it seems the world is out of control is essential. My family, my friends and my new co-workers all make it possible to see just how much good there is out there. If we just take notice. It’s so much easier to see what’s wrong as opposed to what’s right, but that drags us into the depths of despair. Once down, it’s extremely difficult to believe that things will ever get better. When we vote, we do it with the attitude that it doesn’t matter. When we are in our communities, we begin to believe that we can’t make a difference; that we don’t count. That’s no place to be, and so I hope that despite some very ridiculous and frustrating things happening, each of us can find a way to find the positive things that are sometimes hard to see, but there all the same.