The world’s gone mad!
Citizeness Sane, on many occasions
Is it me, or does the whole world seem to be imploding? I’m usually quite rational when it comes to the craziness that passes for everyday existence on this troubled planet, such that when Ms Sane does utter the above statement (which is often), I usually retort that the world is probably no more troubled, chaotic and dangerous than it has ever been: it just feels that way because we’re getting older, and every passing year heaps another deluge of trauma and tragedy on us all. Plus, there are now myriad ways for the news to reach and impact us in some way. You’d have to be a hermit lacking all five senses to avoid the media in this day and age. It seems like every week there’s a new method to drive home the message to us all: the planet is fucked and we’re all going to die.
And it’s becoming increasingly difficult to think otherwise.
Just look at this year alone. It started with 200,000 people dead from the tsunami. Later we all saw hurricanes Katrina and Rita cause devastation in the US. Last night we watched harrowing footage of Malawi, where up to five million people are on the brink of starvation and one in seven of the population has HIV/AIDS. In the more general region twelve million people could die of hunger this winter. Then this morning we woke up to the news that another earthquake has hit South East Asia overnight, with the death count 1,000 and rising. Oh, and Asian bird flu has reached Europe. In other news, Iraq continues to teeter on the edge of utter chaos, London has been bombed by bearded fantasists twice and something very similar is feared in New York. Meanwhile, the ice caps are melting, Iran may soon be a nuclear power, Chelsea look unstoppable and Ronnie Barker is dead. Oh, and it is alleged that the most powerful man in the world believes that God advises him directly. Personally, I don’t think we should trust the source of this revelation wholeheartedly. But it still wouldn’t surprise me if it was true.
So, anyone heard any good news lately?