As I watch the year 2010 become part of history I have the urge to say something along the lines of, "It's been good, it's been real, but it hasn't been real good." Then I think about it, and I'm not sure it was good or real either. It just was. As I look back at the past 12 months of what I wrote that my life, like much of civilization as we knew it, was falling apart. I lost my feline pal of 19 years. I said "bye" to cable TV, cable Internet, and the TiVo. We had Joseph Stack and the destruction of an office building because he was pissed off at the IRS. We watched Steven Slater slide down the airplane escape to the destruction of his career. There was Jessi "Slaughter" Leonhardt and her father having a meltdown on YouTube. The radical Middle-Eastern groups are trying to blow-up anything that flies in the United States. The United States government is continuing the destruction of the economy by spending money we no longer have.
Somehow I seem surprised that I'm a bit stressed-out.
On the plus side, I have a new feline friend, I finally did the drive to NY, I discovered that I actually can live without cable TV, and learned some interesting computer-related things in the process. My life is still somewhat of a mess, and the world isn't getting any better, but at least I can talk to my cat.
For 2011, the world needs to get their crap together and start facing reality: The society that has evolved over the past 100 years is unsustainable (forget "green" for a second, and focus on our behavior and fiscal sense). People need to stop believing the fairy tales they call "religion" and realize that the only life we have here is this one, and the only one who can make things better is us. Instead of people reproducing like rabbits, we need to be cognizant of how people not only have a "carbon footprint" but also an "economic footprint." Without sufficient jobs for the population to make a living, society as we know it is going to sink deeper into belief in fairy tales and crime. I recently heard that municipalities across the U.S. are falling into bankruptcy. This will lead to yet another economic disaster. We no longer have the luxury of living a life of waste and excess, and that goes for more than just material things. If you think you're immune to this because you're doing well, then think again. If everything falls apart around you, no amount of money or physical possessions will keep you safe. For everyone else, it's time to look at making things work with what we have rather than our unrealistic expectations of more and more and more all the time. Burying one's head in the sand and praying that some fairy tale character (or government) is going to make everything all better is not only a waste of one's time and potential, but it is also unrealistic and unproductive.
We are all capable of so much more than to be constantly tethered to our portable communications devices spending all of our time trying to out-do the guy next door and watching violence on TV (while being offended by sex, good grief). For heaven's sake, do something that makes sense. Who in hell cares if homosexuals are in the military or get married? What difference does it make if a mosque is built in NYC? These things aren't important when you consider that we're teetering on financial ruin, our common sense is no longer common, and people don't give a crap if they kill someone because they were driving drunk or while texting in their car.
People -- wake up! To me, 2010 was a warning: If we don't do something different in 2011, then things are going to start getting a heck of a lot worse. Yes, it can...