Insanity (take 2)

<Sept. 21/13> (Take 1 is here)

Insanity ain’t what it used to be.

Or is it?

For sure my own ideas about it have taken a 180-degree turn. Or something like that.

People say “Insanity is doing the same thing over & over & expecting different results.” [1]

By that definition, most of us are just plain cuckoo…wouldn’t you say?? Most of us seem to be doing the same old, same old, same old. Over & over & over again…

I know I continue to be an activist – although the world continues to “go to Hell in a hand basket,” & at an ever-increasing pace or velocity (even scarily so, I’d say). The politicians become ever more corrupt, the corporations ever more rapacious, the environmental damage ever more gargantuan, widespread & irreparable.

Apathy is the stance or response many people I know seem to have favoured for decades now. In some cases you might call it, alternatively, ineffectual handwringing or ineffectual armchair quarterbacking. Of course that too has exactly the same darn results. More corruption, more damage, more…

Am I repeating myself??

Well. This much I (still) know.

Activism beats apathy hands down. In my little world, anyway. (If nothing else, I’m pretty sure it’s more FUN!! )

A friend & I used to say we’d “go down fighting.” She’s already gone, bless her incomparable soul & spirit (which continue to inspire me daily). & here I still am, still rassling with insanity.

OMGoodness. Just got a funny thing there.

In my very earliest daze as a wide-eyed recent university graduate, out to (earnestly) save the world, I worked (very earnestly) with released psychiatric patients. I developed plenty of compassion for the folks I worked (so earnestly) with – but soon switched over to the correctional biz – ‘cos I found ex-penitentiary inmates more, hmmmm, well … articulate, & easier to talk to (earnestly) than my “crazy” people had been.

Now I am dealing with crazy criminals who make those released psychiatric patients & “common criminals” look like a walk in the park. (The corporate rapists & pillagers I mean…)

& I am no longer quite so earnest…  

Well. Who knows.

For sure, I’ll take the common, garden-variety “crazy” people & “criminals” over corrupt politicians, soulless bureaucrats & corporate pillagers any old day of the week.

Yup.

People who knowingly & willingly go on & on viciously viciously viciously raping & running roughshod over our beautiful, beautiful beautiful stunning wonderful planet?

They are just not the sort of people with whom I care to spend my precious time.

Let’s be honest.

QED.

(Even we crazy little peasant people get some say in choosing our companions, hmmm?)

Janet

p.s. but I tellya, apathy still REALLY burns my ass. Guess it always will…  

Quote of the day’ with this post: “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

Runners-up:

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

“Damn what anybody thinks of you – do what’s right. It’s really fun.” – Lucy Lawless, N. Z. actor & activist arrested with 6 Greenpeace activists on Save the Arctic campaign (from Sierra magazine Jan/Feb. 2013)

“If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don’t really stand for them.” – Paul Wellstone



[1] There is disagreement over who actually said this first. It’s usually attributed to Albert Einstein, but sometimes Benjamin Franklin gets the credit. I have no way of knowing for sure!