I'm sorry I haven't been around much, but commuting is a nightmare and the new job is taking some getting used to. I'm needing my sleep and the blog world has had to take a back seat.
Here are a few things I have noticed recently:
There is at least one supermarket that sells a "chocolate for dieters" that is marketed in packaging to make it look just like the contraceptive pill. It has a logo that makes much of all the indulgence and none of the weight gain. Well, it is sick. I feel I ought to do something about it, I just can't think what...any ideas?
The same supermarket was selling 2 litre bottles of wine in plastic that looks like it had been designed to hold vegetable oil. The price was ridiculously cheap. Just who was it designed for? It look like it was designed for someone with a drink problem (or the potential for a serious drink problem), nobody else would touch it. I thought it was irresponsible...but then I've known too many for whom alcohol has become a demon and parasite.
I know those trapped in life threatening weather conditions all need our prayers but somehow I feel driven to pray even more so for the people of Haiti. Not only is the weather deadly, but that is on top of the starvation and the hopelessness of the economy; it is probably a better candidate than Zimbabwe for "Hell on Earth" at the moment. There are many strange things afoot in that land but how marvelous is every soul that is saved from the brink. Aid to the Church in Need have funded many projects in that land.
Finally, I'm utterly sick of the cult of personality that shamelessly parading itself as politics both in the UK and the USA and elsewhere. Can it be said clearly enough; none of the politicians, senators, Vietnam-vets, great white hopes, great brown hopes or hockey moms will do any good. Why? Because we are putting them on a pedestal. What happens when we stick a fellow human being on a pedestal? Someone else tries to knock them off. We don't know these people, but we do know they are human. Like the rest of us they are all deeply flawed. They need political parties with policies. Policies that show concern for all those within the country, that are fair and not obsessed with ratings and serving the press and media and feeding our fears. We put these guys on pedestals, they do their little dances for us, we holler and slaver like guys watching pole dancers. We've forgotten the human being, we have created a fictional being that we then start to put our hopes and fears into...it is doomed to failure. There is no debate and nothing is done, the cult of celebrity is a smoke screen that everyone wishes to hide behind whilst more and more are falling into poverty, falling out of education, loosing opportunities, unable to use their talents and becoming slaves to welfare, crap insecure jobs and loan sharks.
Oh, and I'm sick of all this nice hair and day-glo teeth, why do politicians all have to look like Barbie's aunties and uncles? Why can't they have rotten teeth, sweat problems, the odd scar, a funny walk, embarrassing tattoo and inability to make clothes look good. I guess, this just goes to show I'm as obsessed with image as the rest of you..