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
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
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