We used to have a big tree every year; for the past two years, we had a tabletop tree. Times are changing – for us and at least it seems, everywhere in the world – and call me old and set in my ways, I don’t particularly like what I see.
"Barbarism, like the jungle, does not die out, but only retreats behind the barriers that civilization has thrown up against it, and waits there always to reclaim that to which civilization has temporarily laid claim."
There was a time I believed the internet and increasing number of media outlets was the reason the world seemed to be going mad. I cringe when I watch or read the news.
Think about it...The Middle East is in turmoil. The Taliban is killing school children and ISIS is growing in strength and beheading people.
Much of the outside world hates or condemns the United States government and it's citizens. In addition, the U.S. has serious racial issues to contend with, immigration problems, and a nation of people that is generally disgruntled with the direction the country is headed. Oh, and it teeters constantly on financial ruin while doling out aid like they have more money than they know what to do with.
North Korea, a country barely capable of feeding its’ people and whose dough boy leader thrives on fear, is nevertheless capable of hacking into Sony Pictures and preventing a movie from showing halfway around the world. For some reason, I get the impression the not-so-dear leader sits in his office toying with the idea of pushing buttons, some of which are connected to The Bomb.
"Hmmmm, this one looks cool. Let me see what happens when I push it. I don't care what happens, I'll just have my buddy Dennis Rodman over for tea and he'll take care of any fallout."
The U.K. and Germany have organizations fighting to stave off the growing number of Muslims in their countries and like always, Africa has far too many problems to count, including a dreaded disease that could feasibly wipe out millions of people. This is the simplified version. The long version is much more complex and even more disheartening.
Has the world gone completely mad? Are we headed for WWIII?
It certainly seems like it is.
I hope not.
Thailand is a pretty good place right now. Granted, it is an imperfect country but comparatively speaking, it is peaceful and safe. For this, I am grateful.
I have my own share of problems, one of which is getting a hip replacement. Hopefully I'll be able to have the surgery done in a few months. I qualify for V.A. healthcare and just received the paperwork. If I'm lucky, I won't have to come up with the 200-300K baht to have the surgery done. Even so, 200-300K baht is extremely reasonable and I'll do what I have to do and pay it.
All said...there are almost always people worse off than you and I. Which leads me to my next topic....Klongtoey Bang.
In case you don’t know, Klongtoey Bang is still in the hospital. First he was told the hospital was unable to perform his final surgery, then he was told it will be done, now he has an additional problem, a weak heart, and the doctor is unwilling to perform the surgery in his condition. He was also told he must have a relative sign his release form. Unfortunately, he has no one to do this. So it looks like he is going home with a catheter in him so he is able to urinate. I have never seen him in good condition and he is now looking worse than ever. What is equally painful is seeing how much pain Ooy is in. I can only imagine how she feels.
I have a 53-year-old friend of thirty years who has rheumatoid arthritis that is so bad he is no longer capable of turning the key on his truck. As a plumber, he needs to be able to move and he needs the use of his hands. He no longer can crawl around under sinks, turn wrenches, and he's now on permanent disability.. To compound his physical condition, his mother died a few months ago and two days ago, he called in tears. His 47-year-old sister passed away. I lived with his family in California for a few months and knew them well.
As long as I can say, "it could be worse," I'll do the only thing I can do; be grateful for what I have and put one foot in front of another. I know at times in my videos I may seem less than grateful but...I have a wife and two children who are happy, healthy, and their needs are met. Barring any major changes, they should remain this way. That's plenty to be happy about.
Anyhow, I plan on taking a little time off. I need to finish my book, disconnect from the internet and social media, refocus on my family, my life, my websites and videos. and prepare for next year. Christmas is a time to spend with family and to reflect on what you have as opposed to what you don't have. Maybe that sounds corny, but it doesn't matter.
Thanks for visiting my site and watching my videos. Hopefully 2015 will be a better year for everyone.
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