Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
It seems I’ve lost my passion and interest to write on my blog lately. I’m not sure what it is, other than not feeling any deep desire to share my feelings and thoughts with anyone. Sure I can blame it on the constant demands of my online teaching duties, however that isn’t the real reason I’ve not been posting. I think it has more to do with the state of our nation and my despair and anguish over the direction America and the world in general is going.
The constant bombardment of violent and disheartening news through social media and the internet has gotten me depressed and at a loss as to how to share my feelings about politics, current events and even art and photography with anyone. What’s the point in adding to the negative information overload?
Up until recently, I’d always be pondering in the back of my mind what my next blog post would be. Whether that be about photography, teaching, art, technology or my travels. Lately I don’t have much to share other than my fear for this country and disgust and horror I have for Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS killing Christians, beheading innocent people, in addition to the constant strife in the middle east and racial/political discord here in the states. The daily news can get you seriously depressed and even numb and desensitized to the constant flow of atrocities being committed around the world.
Oh…another beheading today. Hmmmmm…..Christians burned in cages somewhere in the middle east. Children in Yemen reenact beheadings and cage burnings. Another politician breaking the law, hohum. I mean this is real stuff happening to real people and yet we have so little control as to being able to do anything about it.
I can go on and on, yet people for the most part have become numb, apathetic and desensitized to the constant barrage of bad, violent and the utterly insane atrocities happening around the world today. You get up and check into Facebook or any online news source and in a matter of seconds you are subjected to a host of debased, inhuman news stories that can quickly demoralize you. I know it has me and I find it difficult to pull myself out of the doldrums and renew my faith in this great country and people in general.
As a teacher of art history, which essentially is world history illustrated with art – I am well aware that these kinds of atrocities have been going on since prehistoric times. Its just that you can’t get away from it thanks to social media and the internet. It haunts you and is always jumping out at you. I’m sick of hearing about politicians and their promises, their lies, their scandals and their total bullshit for the most part. I’m also emotionally drained from being confronted with the horrendous murderous acts being committed on innocent people around the world with no way to stop it or even process it.
Awhile back Billy Joel sang “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and that rings true, however it seems to me the fire is burning out of control all around this world of ours. How do we even begin to douse the flames???
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