There are little ideas for columns which just don’t seem to grow into a full column. Some deserve notice, others less attention. With this column I will do a little house cleaning
The Americans finally succeeded in tracking down Osama Bin Laden and killing him, thereby taking revenge for his part in the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York City. The Wild West culture is doing well in the land of our southern neighbours. The celebration by many Americans is understandable, but it would have been wiser to capture him and try him in the world court. He would be shown for the religious fanatic he is. The vigilante actions of the Americans will likely make him a martyr and assist in his ambition to be a prophet of Islam.
We have been saved from the spectre of Donald Trump becoming the President of the United Sates. He would probably fire everyone. Then again that might not be such a bad idea.
In the world of religion, I continue to add to my confusion. Most religions promise a wonderful life after we die. If the afterlife is so great, why do people resist making the trip?
Recent research indicates dogs (and other animals) are more intelligent than we previously thought. Any pet owner, especially dog owners, knows this. They memorize their territory and know if anything has changed. Secretly introduce a foreign object into a dog’s territory and they will notice it immediately. They will check it out until they are sure that it is harmless.
We may be wise to emulate some of the characteristics of our pet. When pets feel like playing, they play. When they feel tired, they sleep. They keep their lives simple, and make sure they stay on good terms with those who control their food.
Almost every pub has multiple televisions, tuned to different channels and the sound off. There must be some reason they do so. Perhaps it is quiet comment on the low quality of most television offerings.
We need a cure for “political dementia”. Once elected to office, politicians often seem to forget why they ran in the election and won. In the city, setting of priorities to spend our tax dollars on should be simple for council and administration. The construction of safe water system and an environmentally sound waste disposal are the most critical. Close behind is the construction and maintenance of our roads. After those primary items are taken care of, they can devote their time to developing our social conscience and cultural outlook.
Cellular telephone technology seems to be ruling so many lives. A cell phone can be a useful instrument when used wisely. Most of us have no need to be instantly available. My cell phone ring is the one marked silent unless I have reason to expect a call. Is there any rational reason we should allow ourselves to be tethered to this instrument of the devil?
Have a great long weekend and be careful out there.