It’s a pretty mucky day on the Internet. Not that we haven’t had a lot of days like this. Too many days like this. Too many mass shootings. Too many catastrophes, natural and man-made. Too many political crises here and abroad.
These past few years have been interesting. Really, really interesting.
“May you live in interesting times” is an English expression purported to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is always used ironically, with the clear implication that ‘uninteresting times’, of peace and tranquillity, are more life-enhancing than interesting ones, which from historical perspective usually include disorder and conflict.
Despite being so common in English as to be known as the “Chinese curse”, the saying is apocryphal, and no actual Chinese source has ever been produced. The most likely connection to Chinese culture may be deduced from analysis of the late-19th century speeches of Joseph Chamberlain, probably erroneously transmitted and revised through his son Austen Chamberlain. – Wikipedia
Last I checked, 58 (or was it 59?) people were dead from yesterday’s shooting in Las Vegas. They don’t even know why the guy did it, but he sure did have a lot of guns, eh? The second amendment didn’t fail him.
Haven’t checked the current numbers. There may be more by now, but I’m pretty sure there won’t be fewer. Meanwhile, people really are dying in Puerto Rico, even if our so-called President thinks they are lazy and therefore deserve to die. Not to worry, though. He dedicated a special Golf Trophy to them … and I bet that has made them feel much better.
The world has been too interesting.
The older I get, the more I yearn for quiet, restful tedium. Apparently that is not to be my generation’s lot in life. We are the embattled Baby Boomers, fighting for better days. Thinking we won, discovering we didn’t, fighting some more. Finally, wondering if maybe we should just hang out with our dogs because we’ve been fighting all our lives and instead of getting better, everything seems worse.
Interesting. Yes, life is interesting. Is your life half as interesting as mine? Is yours even worse?