Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Merrier World Indeed.....

Is anyone else besides me a sickened by the wave of conspiracy nuts exploiting yesterday's tragedy; swarming on the Internet like so many locusts descending on the fields of Egypt.

In the wake of things like the Boston Marathon Bombing, after all the hysteria, name-calling, blaming and inflammatory rhetoric from both sides, it remains, int the end, when the dust settles, for men and women of good will and good sense to pick up the pieces and sort out the mess. How much better would it be for such people to take the reins in the beginning.  Listen to one another, work together and find what common ground there is and then search for workable solutions to real problems instead of building monuments to our own egos on top of every crisis and tragedy that scrolls across our TV screens.

Aren't we better than that - at least most of us.  As Tolkien observed in The Hobbit. “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world indeed."

These are the kind of people we should pay attention to and elect as our leaders, not that bunch of prancing egotists who post rivers of bile on the World Wide Web and who put themselves up for public office.

Perhaps all political negotiations should be potluck dinners, after which there should be singing. It might help attract a better sort of candidate.

I'm just saying.

Tom King (c) 2013

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