a reply to: minusinfinity
Well, here in the UK, we just had an Election Day, which crammed in elections for local councils, and for our Members of European Parliament.
This is always an aggravating time for people who actually pay attention to political matters, to the way those matters effect peoples lives, and the
way that they effect the wider world as well. Now, by that I do not wish to sound Eurocentric, but it has to be said that the way European Parliament
operates and the choices it makes, allegedly on behalf of the nations, and the people it represents (in the same way that chart music is allegedly
entertainment), have effects which extend beyond the area over which the EU parliament has dominion.
Now, this particular election cycle has been particularly exciting to those of us with an over large curmudgeon centre in our brains, because of the
sheer insanity of approximately half of the parties we could have voted for, and the fact that the other half are pretty much the same utter morons
who have been destroying our faith in the democratic process for the last three decades at least.
On a more personal note, I am angry because of theft and vandalism in my street, of things that were installed to make the place look and feel like a
nicer place to live and work, things that my mother and I worked hard to maintain, and that local people donated a fair bit of spare change to over a
protracted period to pay for.
That covers roughly 0.00001% of the things that are making me angry at this time, the rest of which is a list so long that to post it on this
website would terminally effect the sites basic function, such would be the bandwidth consumption that it would represent, or is locked within my
subconscious, safely out of reach, being saved up for a rainy day when something desperately needs its spine rearranging.
But no one can be angry all the time, even me, and I have had an AWFUL lot of practice. I think it is important to make the distinction between
anger, which is a very solid description which I usually apply in the same way that people often use the word furious, or the phrase, incandescent
with rage. Many things merely irritate me, some things perturb me, others simply make me sigh with frustration.
However, many things make me smile, the existence of a place to have in depth discussion about the issues of the day for one. The existence of my
family, and my friends, both here on ATS, and in the physical realm beyond the screen. These things are a constant source of joy to me, and are
responsible for saving the world from my diabolical, volcanic temper, every day, for which I am eternally grateful.