Last week was a hard one to write about, if my assignment has been to look for joy. There was the attack in London. Yes, there was great caring and bravery in the face of evil. But there was still evil. Then, the health care repeal loomed. The Koch brothers offered to financially reward lawmakers who voted for what the Kochs wanted – and punish those who voted against them. And it’s legal. I know that the ACA is flawed and needs fixing or replacing. But the lawmakers tasked with making those decisions are being bribed/threatened, not by votes from their constituents but by people who live above the laws made. Well, it’s hard to find joy in that.
I listened to a podcast about a $275 million insider trading scandal. Insider trading is rampant, and it’s getting harder for the Feds to prosecute it. It’s hard for me to imagine this not ending up in anarchy and civil war. And why not? The chickens should come home to roost. But who’s going to suffer the most? Probably our kids.
If I want to find joy, I’m going to have to shut my eyes and ears to what’s going on in the world. I don’t know how to feel joyful about that.