..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

the Merry-go-round keeps turning to the same tune

One of the more repetative questions asked about politicians is why do they take the high ground when they're seeking the coveted seat of influence and power only to turn into the very thing they so loftily decry as outsiders once they get settled in that seat.

In one word, envy.

The lure of the grail makes for much righteousness because that's what gets you there. Everybody envies those that are nestled into a comfy political nook, their apparent affluence, influence, and even effluence, all those perks and bonuses, seemingly unlimited resources, friends in higher places, servants in lower places, and so on, while condemning their compromises on getting there. Then, once they sit their asses in those same comfy lounges, the compromises begin to look more like sacrifices, the influence becomes a burden, the perks become crumbs to be scavenged, pseudo-friends become adversaries and competitors for the very resources they all scramble to wrest from each other. In short, the old phrase "the grass is always greener on the other side of the house" becomes more than just a saying. And soon the realization is that "reality sucks" so they begin to reward themselves for all the hardships they now endure in their new positions of responsibility.

And once again we have it, the conversion, the evolution or devolution of a politician.The cycle begins anew as the newly anointed, newly arrived aspirants to the political arena prepare themselves to be voted into office to replace all those incumbent fat cats and crooks who are living off the goodwill of the taxpayer.

Its the same story with the same plot and same audience and only different characters to cheer on or turf out. The saddest thing about it is that every once in a while, when one of the newbies doesn't follow the script, the audience is overcome with suspicion and just to be safe, sends that one packing before any real changes get a foothold. After all, what would that do to us in the time between elections? We would have no idea how to deal with that, would we, we'd have to pay attention to know what's happening, wouldn't we?

As I've said before, idiots, we're idiots, and we don't deserve any better.

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