Monday, November 15, 2010

I Just Can't Do It All in Time ...

For quite some time I have been dogged by feeling that no matter what I'm planning to do I don't have 'enough' time. It's a very uncomfortable and disatisfying sensation and also some how 'disquieting.' I never feel I have all the time in the world. I know people who are able to live in a sort of 'suspended' time-frame. Whatever it is they chose to do at a given moment they can give themselves entirely over to that 'whatever-it-is.'

The result of this feeling is that a lethargy sets in and it's difficult to settle down to doing anything other than mundane tasks -- dinner, ironing, laundry -- whatever. So the question is what do I really feel I do not have enough time to do -- not have time to finish -- so why not just stop and then come back to it? I know that whatever I do it tends to take longer than I think it will. In the kitchen it always seems to take me hours longer to prepare a meal than others. If we give a dinner party I start early in the morning and I'm still never really ready on time. From the preparation of food, to my changing my clothes, I almost always feel shambolic.

I mean, hell, I'm retired -- if I want to stay up all night and watch episode after episode of The Wire, there is no reason not to sleep all day and repeat the next night if I want. But I'll watch 3 episodes - max and go to bed no later than 2 am and hopefully it will be 1.

The thing is that I don't have time to do everything I would like to do. That is the crux of it. I want to study languages -- especially French and Italian. I want to read books about thousands of subjects and then novels, too and I want to see films and tv shows and I want to travel and give dinner parties and even go to church. Oh and then there is Facebook and blogging and emailing and photography, not to mention .....

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Stupidity Underestimated

The electorates in the world's democracies are vastly ignorant and are easily swayed by sound-bite rhetoric. Our psyche's are full of 'now' and not 'how' and especially not 'why'. And intelligent politicians consistently underestimate what ordinary are capable of and/or willing to understand any issue beyond their own backyard. The electorate loves being talked down to; the electorate hates having to 'think'. The man on the street always knows how simple it is to solve the problems legislators and politicians face.

In his innaugural speech, President Obama could see the writing on the wall. He warned the vast crowds that tough times lay ahead, but we glossed over the warnings and preferred to think that all our well-earned economic woes would somehow be 'magicked' away and that we wouldn't have to suffer the consequences of our greed and our belief that we could have it all on the never-never. I despair at the sight of a country that just refuses to grow up. The country cannot survive without a social structure that takes care of a society that is no longer agrarian. We need to accept a responsibility for our vastness and our complexity.

Obama has done what needed to be done because of the mistakes made by others. He has tried to take the nation in a much needed different direction and he has saved us from ourselves. Without his actions the country would have suffered unemployment figures that make the present ones look like a walk in the park. Let's hope the next two years teach us all a thing or two.

I can't help but agree with those who say that the President needs to limit some of his bi-partisan efforts though. It takes two to play that game and so far he's been playing solitaire and looking the fool.