Lawmakers Aren’t Asking A Lot Of Questions About A US Strike That Killed Hundreds
The Daily Prompt is “Territory”. A piece of land that somehow is considered the property of an individual or a group. This is one of the main causes of the chaos that the world always seems to find itself in. “Territory” is a way of distinguishing “us” from “them” and creating divisions where none should exist. “Territory” creates the notion that the piece of land exists only for the benefit of those who are in control of it, to the exclusion of everyone else.
The land itself doesn’t care who claims a parcel of “territory”. The land is eternal and will survive one way or another without human interference. It is people who are the victims of “territory” because of the divisions that are created. Not all land is created equal, and those inhabitants of land without the benefit of crucial natural resources are often drawn into conflict or exploitative arrangements with those who inhabit land that contains those resources.
The entire concept of nationhood evolved from the concept of “territory”. Languages and cultures evolved differently around the world, but the idea that a certain portion of land belonged to this or that group leads to conflict.
I wanted to find some grand topic to write about today, so far that has proven to be rather difficult since I am drowning in administrative minutiae from work. Because it is near the end of a reporting period, things are in a constant state of flux. Deadlines are moving without rhyme or reason and we are all struggling just to keep up with the latest developments and trying to keep up-to-date with our normal responsibilities at the same time.
I often wonder how we manage to cope with all the crises that we are actually making up for ourselves? It seems that almost all of the things that cause us stress are self-induced and there has to be a reason that we willingly indulge is such self-destructive behavior so often. If we could determine the answer to that question, we would probably be a lot closer to finding happiness in our daily lives.
I have my theories, most of which involve those in power controlling the maze that we run each and every day, changing the turns and making a predictable outcome nearly impossible. In fact just as it seems that we finally have a handle on how to get things done, a new twist or turn emerges to throw us back into confusion. As I see it, this is the perfect way to control people and prevent them from realizing how much power that we actually have. Instilling a mind-numbing devotion to career means surrendering a large portion of who we truly are to someone who really doesn’t care that much about us in the first place.
We are often referred to as cogs in the machine that can easily and quickly be replaced when we finally wear down. Another cog, or person will be found to take our place and every effort will be made to prevent interruption of the flow of profits to those in charge.
I hope that Spring has finally arrived for good. After a very warm day yesterday I am ready to be done with cold weather for a long time. The change of the seasons reminds me that time marches on without any concern for our personal preferences and without any consideration for our personal circumstances.
I used to find myself wishing that time would move faster. When I was a child I wanted Summer to last forever and then I wanted the school year to go by in fast forward mode. I learned that Time is on its own and that my wishes don’t matter. The bad times can seem to last forever while the good times go by all too quickly. With age comes the perspective that time passes by and that before we know it, there is more in the past than in the future as far as we as individuals are concerned.
The latest example of ignoring Time is the waiting for our upcoming move. We are both ready to get out of here and on to the new apartment, but it doesn’t make the time go by any faster. In fact, it sometimes makes me realize just how time does play trick on us.
As I began writing this, the title came to me as I was reminded of an old song by Al Stewart from 1976. I can hear this song and instantly be transported back to the time when it was being played on the radio. The old faces of friends and the images of life as a 12-year old come rushing back at me. I thought that those days would last forever and the lyrics still ring true:
It was late in December, the sky turned to snow
Well I’m not the kind to live in the past
Hear the echoes and feel yourself starting to turn
Well the picture is changing
I wish that there was a way to stay in the good times forever, but without the bad times we would never truly appreciate the good times at all.
I was born and raised in Kentucky and like so many people who are from there, I live and breathe Kentucky basketball. I am a UK graduate. Life has taken me to other places and I have broadened my horizons. Every season is a buildup to March Madness and whenever UK plays its last game, there is an emptiness. Only 1 team can win the NCAA tournament and sadly UK will not win it this year.
UK lost a heartbreaker to North Carolina on Sunday. A last-second shot decided the outcome. I was depressed over the loss but I learned that life does go on and that it does no good to dwell on what might have been. The game was hard-fought on both sides and it could have gone either way.
The reason I am writing about this now is to distance myself from the paranoid and dangerously obsessed group that sadly gets all the attention when it comes to UK basketball, and UK in general. It turns out that some of the members of what is loosely called “Big Blue Nation” have decided that it is cool/fun/somehow appropriate to threaten and harass one of the referees from Sunday’s game. This clearly crosses the line from supporting a team to becoming a deranged lunatic. I cannot stand idly by and say nothing any longer.
What it all boils down to is that UK basketball is just a game. Anyone who associates life or death with a game needs to get help. I watched the game and the officiating did not cause UK to take questionable shots. I watched the game and the officiating did not cause UK to commit defensive lapses. I watched the game and the officiating did not cause UK to lose the game.
Being from Kentucky and having traveled the nation and the world means that I have heard all the jokes and put-downs you can imagine. I know that the only way to not fall into a stereotype is to NOT ACT LIKE a stereotype. A part of Big Blue Nation has failed completely to learn that lesson.
Losing is a part of life, it makes you stronger when you accept it and keep moving forward. Crying on and on about it will NOT change the outcome of the game. Threatening someone’s life will NOT change the outcome of the game. All those sad things accomplish is to make you sad and pathetic in the eyes of everyone else. I choose to go on living and enjoying life, both the wins and the losses.
I will always be a UK fan, but I will never support or condone the actions of those who would ruin everything. I am certain that somehow, in their eyes, this disqualifies me from Big Blue Nation. If so, I can live with that because I know that a game is nothing more than a game and I am proud of this year’s team and will be rooting for the team next year, although without being involved with “Big Blue Nation” until it can get its act together.
The Daily Prompt is “Elixir”. A magical potion that is supposed to cure whatever the problem is that we are facing. It is supposedly the key to happiness and prosperity. The “Elixir of Life” is a phrase that we are all familiar with.
The thing is, there is no such thing as an “Elixir”. It is an escape from the reality that we all face from day to day. It falls into the category of “snake-oil” as something that is sold to us by unscrupulous people counting on the gullibility of those who are unhappy or unable to cope with what life has dealt to them at the time.
We sometimes feel that we need something to get us through the tough times, but rather than an “elixir”, just take a healthy dose of life by doing something that you have always wanted to do in order to change your circumstances and things will be better.