Thursday, December 22, 2011














































Living in Interesting Times: Why our grandchildren are gonna hate us


I just started work at a part-time telecommute job that involves writing text for various online websites. And since my new gig only pays approximately one-fourth of a penny per word, I'm obviously not in this for the money -- but I do enjoy its challenge. The boss sends me a subject to write about knowledgeably and I do it.

Here's a hot topic to write about: "Why we live in interesting times." In 500 words or less? I can do that.

We live in interesting times because World War I was a mistake and it killed off millions of people and polluted the air and gave us Stalin and Hitler as a result.

We live in interesting times because after the Great Depression finally made Americans thrifty for a change, we once again began wildly spending money on war, pollution and other useless junk. World War II was another big mistake. From Nanking, Tokyo and Berlin to London, Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima -- hundreds of millions more useless dead bodies, hundreds of millions of tons of more polluted air.

Then came the 1950s and the rise of suburbs, the Cold War and the corporate hit-man. More death abroad and more pollution at home. More interesting times.

Have I reached my 500-word requirement yet?

We live in interesting times because the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the various recent Middle East wars -- Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc. -- have brought us even more senseless death and irreversible air pollution. And now the Pentagon, Congress and the White House have started beating their war drums against Iran, Syria and China. World War III? Seriously? http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28254

We live in interesting times because now we are going to have to explain to our grandchildren how we willingly squandered their patrimony on a century of brutal destruction, death, repression, and planet-wide pollution -- when we could have been building an earthly paradise for them to inherit instead.

We live in interesting times because we are handing off to our grandchildren the mere shell of a planet that used to be rich in resources beyond anyone's wildest dreams and a sentient world that is apparently facing extinction http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/05-8

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e also live in interesting times because, even as we speak, the military-industrial complex that now owns our government is still happily destroying what is left of our grandchildren's patrimony while even more happily entertaining itself with fond dreams of more and more violent death and rank pollution to come.

But I've clearly written more than 500 words on this subject. Sorry about that.

PS: These photos are from some of my granddaughter Mena's several recent "Movable Feast" birthday parties. Mena is four years old already -- and doesn't hate me so far!


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