Monday, 5 December 2016

The year of bleakness

Just switched off the television after watching the news about an increasingly alarming, bizarre and bleak world and now all I want to do is bury my head in the sand like an ostrich, or even better, curl up under my blanket and go to sleep hoping to wake up when all this is over.

Plato said "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light", he also said "Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something".

Those are some very wise words by a man we now regard as one of the greatest ancient philosophers. Until a few decades ago, it was mandatory for students to have some knowledge about the ancient philosophers, sadly that is not the case now. The men in power are increasingly ignorant and seem to have a wealth of words but not wisdom. They also have a disturbing and annoying habit of talking at a person, instead of to a person which I honestly find exhausting.

I cannot tell you how tired I am after listening to the constant cacophony of words that seem to flow at us in this glorious age of information and instant communication. I have also read various tweets, memes, witticisms about how 2016 was a really bad year, however did anyone ever apologise for contributing to making it so. The year did not start as a bad one, we were all hopeful in the beginning yet by May, people seem to have given up and pronouncements were being made about the absolute shambles the year 2016 was.

I confess, I want this year to end too. I am in the middle of a deeply disappointing decade that began as I completed the quarter of a century mark. But I would not blame it on anyone but myself, I am the architect of my own misery and have disappointed myself the most. If I have learnt something over the past traumatic year from what has been happening around me; it is that I should stop complaining and start working to improve my future or in case of the worst to paraphrase a quote by Theoden King of Rohan from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy "If this is to be the end then I shall give them SUCH an end as to be worthy of remembrance" 


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