It’s as if God has a tiger by the tail.
Do you feel like the world is spinning out of control? That the center cannot hold? Or that the universe is spinning so fast it will self-destruct by centrifugal force? Or some other, as yet unidentified, force?
The scary thoughts I’m having at the end of one bad year and the start of an unknowable New Year were sparked by seeing the movie, “Star Wars.” However, this witches’ brew has been bubbling in my brain for some time.
Change comes fast and furious, and I wonder if we are near a convergence of forces that could bring on catastrophic change. I’m flashing on the Age of Aquarius, but this is not what hippies and free thinkers were hoping for in 1967-1969.
Think about it. All Black Swan scenarios are on the table.
Technology off the leash.
Government. Or worse, the absence of government.
Epidemics or pandemic.
“Star Wars” is a brilliant, futuristic story of the battle between Good and Evil. The Light side and the Dark side.
(Aside: Does Star Wars glamorize war? Don’t worry, this won’t be on the final exam.)
Back to the battle. Is it a battle between Good and Evil, or between God and Satan? I suppose it depends on whether you have a religious point of view, or a secular point of view.
Maybe it’s not a battle so much between Good and Evil, but rather, a battle between Truth and Lie. Or Truth and Illusion?
In 21st century political discourse, we have difficulty agreeing on facts. Maybe it’s a battle between Fact and Falsehood? Or Fact and Ignorance? Love and Fear? These are some of my disorderly thoughts at the turn of the year, questions sparked by Star Wars. I should not wade too far into philosophy or theology, lest I be in over my head.
That’s enough uncensored thinking for the first day of the year.
What say you? A tiger by the tail? Spinning out of control?
— John Hayden
Imagine how it looked to people during the plague years.
Thank you! I was trying to think of a comparison.
I thought of how it looked to people in 1914 or 1939. How everyday reality looked to people in Vietnam or Rwanda or the Congo. How daily life must look now to people in Iraq and Syria, or in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel. The plague is more apt than anything I’ve been able to come up with.
Life on earth throughout time. Hang in there. We’ll all get to the same place eventually.
Thank you! I know you’re right.