Saturday, October 11, 2008

Which D Scare Us the Most?

Despair is one of the most maligned emotions, and it is the one that has been on many of our minds recently. All people, regardless of political stripes, seem to feel it about the economy. A likely -- we hope definite -- majority feel it about a McCain-Palin White House. That woman who told John McCain that Obama is "an Arab" obviously felt it in her murky mental haze that gave even the Arizona Senator a certain pause. Though this supposedly brave warrior lacked the courage and decency to respond, "And wouldn't our country and world be a better place if, in fact, he were?"

Wouldn't we all long to erase despair from the earth? It seems to be part of that horrible, sequential trilogy of Ds -- dread, despair and depression (or as many are filled with dread and despair will translate into Depression not just depression). We have an entire industry that provides us with little pills that we believe will protect us from these three dreaded Ds, yet they never manage to erase their root causes.

Much of my life I have experienced at least one or all three of these Ds, sometimes coming from divergent streams. At the moment I feel only a slight part of the first one, but it's not even that pronounced. I only appreciate that I feel it, acknowledge it and don't yield to it. Am I just singing another word for nothin' left to lose or have I reached a point of contentment without even realizing it?

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At 3:55 PM, Blogger Joy Keaton said...

Wait... Obama's NOT an Arab? Gee... shocking news. Does Palin know?! :)

God ya gotta love people jumping on a hate train half-assed, don'tcha? Thanks for posting this little gem.

I think feeling a bit of dread is unavoidable for the next few weeks, hopefully the other Ds won't make an appearance.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Joy - I say we are far, far from being out of the woods, but it was nice to see the stock market go up today due to actions of EUROPEAN leaders where actions of American ones failed. I say that in three weeks when we can finally say President Obama, the market will have its greatest rally ever.


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