Here I am, trying to write a thriller, but it's near impossible. Every time I think to settle down, back to my run of the mill - I really can't be bothered with politics, progressivism - along comes another egregious assault to human rights and civil liberties. Assaults that are designed to turn back the clock to an era nobody wants except the would-be-lords-of-all-they-survey. It's scarier than anything I've ever contemplated writing up to now.
So it comes to this.
A fight for head-space between fictional demons vs the real-life
morally undead. People who think it's literally okay to kill people in
the pursuit of money, and power. Who, no longer content with pulling the
strings from a distance, are elbowing in with a power play of epic
Dammit, but never in my life has real life been fringed with such fear and suspicion. But
as many Americans are saying normal service will be resumed shortly. I can't be sure when. So I'll paraphrase Douglas
Adams - I'll be restoring normality just as soon as I'm sure what is
normal anyway- (to be fair, this isn't strictly true. Sureties are not
for times like these. And I've never really been a fan of normal-more a
live and let live creative chaos.)
But aside from
persnickety details, the important message is I want my brain back, away from the dreadful contemplation of how close we are to the precipice - minutes
to midnight. Not that I needed that awful clock to tell me the danger, the
evidence is everywhere and it's inescapable for thinking people. Either
people win, or corporations do, or nobody. And if it is not the first option, the world will
be facing horror worse than any we've faced in my lifetime - or worse.
But this is a long game.
And I'm a tiny piece. But if we all do something, maybe, just maybe we'll come out of this with a near utopian society that is so close the millennials can almost reach out and touch it. There's no wonder they feel cheated. But they're fighting because they also have hope. So should we all.
Apologies for no poem, but do have a great week, and please feel free to share any good ideas. Especially if you have a good alternative to Amazon. We can't all do everything - but we can all do a little bit and consider we are all together in this little ship called Earth. :)