If marketers weren’t so busy blowing sunshine in our faces and smoke up our drain pipes we might see (maybe even want to see) the world in a more balanced realistic balance of forces, good and balanced by realistic views of people, companies, politicians, and entire countries representing competing values. Those who want something vs. those who want to stop something.
Trade-woes and elections taking centre stage lately, I wonder if the simpler world of times past might have more merit. There wasn’t instant anything – newspapers had stale news, politicians really had to travel to meet the people and today’s hyperbole wouldn’t travel further than the back row of any particular crowd.
Science, math and technology have made us a spectacularly sophisticated species in a short time – yet have we really evolved enough as a species to handle it?
Do-gooder types abound – punctuating conversation, syrup-laden, how everything is nice, how everyone is wonderful and how well things are turning out – triggering my gag reflex. I’m not an opposite-end-of-spectrum cynic, I’m really not. Rather, optimist who loves sweet stories with happy endings.
But I recognize things don’t turn out that way very often because reality isn’t idyllic.
I wonder if it ever was?
P.S.: if those who read between lines might wonder if I’m concerned the world will go to hell in a handbasket because of Trump, I have faith his countrymen will put a stop to that crazy – sooner or later. History will reflect evil starkly. We’ll all remember horribleness for a while. Then a new generation will forget and lose the lesson. History seems to repeat, and repeat …
Ah, Mark...it was ever thus...I too, am not good (nor do I enjoy) ‘small talk ...needs much patience and willingness to wade through the weeds to find the flowers...you were one of the flowers when I met you! Your skills were in full force that day!, SF, Lethbridge, AB