Have you ever spent the day and at the end of it, you’re tired and you have no idea why? Where does time go? I mean I did stuff, not big stuff, but still stuff, but the stuff shouldn’t have been enough to make me so tired. I read, I wrote, I wrote a comment in response to an article in the Huffington Post as usual and this one solicited a lot of traffic from fellow commentators which was exciting. It’s always exciting when someone has a thought or a reaction to your words. I do prefer the positive ones over the negative ones. trust me I have had a few negative reactions and they are most unpleasant. I wrote about why I thought Larry Summers wouldn’t be a good choice as the new Federal Reserve Chairman. A different change of pace from my previous posts of the past several days all related to what is going on in Syria.
Perhaps that is why I am feeling more tired than usual, all this talk of bombings and war, chemical weapons, children being killed, millions of refugees, all this makes me soul sick. To think that we had a serious period of Enlightenment during the eighteenth century where political philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and and John Locke spoke of the responsibility of the state vis a vis to the people and the question of the rights of men. I know that these philosophies didn’t stop war but at least it got us as humans thinking about making things better. You would think that perhaps one of these years, we will figure out that war, violence, greed and power mad behavior needn’t be part of the human condition.
I know that the human condition is also generous, kind, forgiving, altruistic and capable of amazing things, I just wish that all the good could one day banish the worst. I would be content with the venal sins, I remember being in Catholic school during my elementary school years and learning the difference between mortal sins and venal sins, venal sins are the ones that aren’t dangerous to your soul, so theoretically not dangerous to your fellow man. But we still should not be in the habit of committing them even if they aren’t heinous.
I am not asking for a utopia, I am asking for mankind to treat each other with respect, compassion and patience, apparently it is too much to ask for, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive towards that goal, elusive as it might be.