we really know nothing…

There is a curse.
They say:
May you live in interesting times.

Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times

It’s hard not to feel that history is repeating itself and that it’s decided that the worst of the 20th Century is what is worth repeating. Up first we had a global pandemic that was eerily similar to The Spanish Flu of 1918 and now we have a military invasion of an Eastern European country by a neighbouring dictator that sounds horribly similar to the start of WW2.

Newsfeeds and news channels are full of blame and the rhetoric of politicians far removed from the terror and death that’s facing the people of Ukraine. World leaders doing what they want and playing power games while ordinary people suffer and die.

Facebook is full of profile photos displaying Ukrainian flags, sunflowers and #istandwithukraine. I get it, people are concerned and want to show their displeasure and support but what good does it really do? It doesn’t really help anyone in Ukraine and it only makes us feel a little better.

This time 100 years ago Irish men and women were fighting and dying in an attempt to have freedom and independence from an unwanted occupier and today that’s happening in Ukraine. From our modern, comfortable lives what can we know of anything that these people are going through?

© bbc

Today turned out to be yet another stormy and overcast day in February. I had a notion to go into the hills but couldn’t face the thought of being blown off a summit so instead I went for a long walk on local roads and trails and had lunch in the forest. It was the perfect antidote for all the potential stress of the rest of life.

the humble ham sandwich and cup of tea

the sun made a short appearance while sitting enjoying the peace of the forest

my constant companion

moody skies

man down!

Header image by Pixabay from Pexels

8 thoughts on “we really know nothing…

  1. threewheelsonmywaggon

    When our mind is in turmoil when all seemed surreal, nature is a healing balm, and the photographs are great too.

    “This time 100 years ago Irish men and women were fighting and dying in an attempt to have freedom and independence from an unwanted occupier and today that’s happening in Ukraine.”

    However, I have to wonder if the independence we talk about, is really real, or is it just a mirage? The world is so interlinked today that no country is really independent. yes, independence allows us to make choices but choices within parameters.

    “Facebook is full of profile photos displaying Ukrainian flags, sunflowers and #istandwithukraine.”

    The little flags and sunflowers do not show solidarity they show that people like sheep are happy to cut and paste. However, have any of these people really read further into the war unfolding across the world. (Yes I mean across the world) for this is no longer about Ukraine.

    A popular truism is that “the world changed” following 9/11. But what has changed? A silent coup has taken place in Washington and rampant militarism now rules.

    (did you know that the person in charge in Ukraine was a stand-up comedian (only months ago) before he was elected to the office he now holds. How intimidated would such a person be when he received a call from Biden, Johnston or some spokesperson on behalf of the EU, He is out of his depth and surrounded by a problem that has overwhelmed him. (Ukraine is being pulled in many directions and manipulated by powerful people, then add the internal struggle from within by the far-right (neo-nazi fringe).

    Democracy is advanced citizenship – democracy requires us to accept a person’s right to shout at the top of his voice that which we have spent a lifetime speaking out against at the top of our voice.- democracy is not easy.

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  2. A Dude Abikes

    Thanks for this thoughtful post. My old English boss a Jordin, used to say “there’s no problem so great it can’t be solved by a cup of tea.” Tea might not stop a war, but then again, it could — if people were willing to sit down and listen to each other. I don’t think this applies to megalomaniac, narcissistic, despotic, billionaire, sociopathic, trained killers. All empires crumble, though, and resistance is not futile, but fertile. Karma has a way of biting one of the ass.

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  3. bgddyjim

    I’d depart with you only on the idea this looks anything like WWII. Ukraine used to be a part of Russia, so with weak world leaders it’s not surprising, after Crimea in 2014 or 15, Putin went back in for the rest.

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  4. Kieran

    So many trees. Reminds me the first time my wife left the desert and went with me to Ohio. “Who planted all these trees,” she said. I still don’t think she believes they just grow.

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