26 Jan 2017 My Self-Examination Drawing, why I’m avoiding social media right now, Comfortably Numb and US downgraded to a flawed democracy

Hello family, it’s 6:18 pm on this Thursday evening as I start to write to you.  How was your day?  I hope you heard something nice about yourself today.  I hope that someone looked you in the eye and smiled at you today.  I hope that somehow, some way you realized your worth today.  You are Awesome Sauce!  If no one told you that today, I am telling you that!

My Mom texted me today asking about why she hadn’t seen me of Facebook lately.  Mind you, and she knows this, I don’t ever see her on Facebook and she seldom, if ever has “liked” or commented on any of my posts.  So if she is reading my stuff, I never know about it.  This is her choice and may be her kind way of not hurting my feelings as she and I differ in opinions about most everything except food and drink lol.  Anyways, I told her I’m not on it because it’s not a good place for me to be right now.  I am in what I call “retraction” mode……the mode of retreating within myself to heal my wounds.   Honestly I will admit I am being a sore loser and butt-hurt about how the election turned out.  I’ve moved beyond the stance, “Well we voted differently, let’s still be friends and love each other” to “what the fuck did you do that for?!” and “I still love you but I can’t fucking associate with you right now” phase.   It’s me, not them right?!  LOL!  UGH!

I’ll get over my hurt and anger but I’m not sure what will take it’s place.  I know this is a strategy unto itself….divide and conquer….get us to turn on each other.   I love all of my family and will keep working to focus on that love and less on how we have failed each other.

My friend from Inner Whispers, Margarita, talks about the campaign she intends to wage with letters to her representatives and I commend her spirit.  I told her I’ve done such things but all I get back typically is form letter emails and letters basically blowing me off.  I’ve even called on various things….same thing.  I just have this sense of futility when I think of attempting to do anything more to make myself heard!  Like the phrase from Pink Floyd, “Is there anybody in there?  Is there anybody at home?”

 

Comfortably Numb

Hello? Hello? Hello?

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?
Come on now
I hear you’re feeling down
Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again
Relax
I’ll need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb

Okay
Just a little pinprick
There’ll be no more, ah
But you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on it’s time to go

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship, smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
I have become comfortably numb

Songwriters: DAVID JON GILMOUR, ROGER WATERS
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, IMAGEM MUSIC INC
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

This article today echo’s my feelings and that of many of those living in this country (and I’m forced to admit it’s not Trump who is to blame for this rating, he only benefitted from a pre-existing condition! ):

http://www.businessinsider.com/economist-intelligence-unit-downgrades-united-states-to-flawed-democracy-2017-1 (excerpt)

The US has been downgraded to a ‘flawed democracy’

Elena Holodny
Jan. 25, 2017, 3:15 PM

• The US has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
• The downgrade reflects Americans’ drop in confidence in governmental institutions, according to the EIU.
• Americans’ trust in government has been declining since the late 1950s, according to data from Pew Research. Moreover, inequality in the US has been on the rise, according to data from Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.
• Populist politicians have tapped into these trends, the EIU said.

The US has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” from a “full democracy” by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its 2016 “Democracy Index” report.

Although the report’s publication comes shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, the EIU analysts write that the US was not downgraded because of him. Rather, they argue, his surprise election was an effect of the underlying causes that led the EIU to downgrade the US.

According to the EIU, “full democracies” are countries in which basic political freedoms and civil liberties are respected, and are “underpinned by a political culture conducive to the flourishing of democracy.” The government functions satisfactorily; media are independent and diverse; the judiciary is independent and their decisions are enforced; and there’s an effective system of checks and balances.

Meanwhile, “flawed democracies” have free and fair elections (with possibly some issues such as infringements on media freedom) and respect basic civil liberties. However, there are governance problems and low levels of political participation.

Sigh……………………..

I thank you reader(s), besides me hopefully, for walking this walk with me these days.  May be there is something in this rambling that resonates with you and or taps into something you are feeling too.  Guess that means we aren’t alone…..that is a blessing.  Thank you for being my family.

The drawing today is called Self Examination and that’s exactly what I’m doing right now…..what our country seems to be doing in part.  Who, What, Where and Why is Me?  Who am I accountable to?  In the drawing, the answer seems to be, myself first.  If I can’t live with me than no one else will be able to either.

26 Jan 2017 Self Examination drawing by Jackie Wygant

26 Jan 2017 Self Examination drawing by Jackie Wygant

 

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3 comments on “26 Jan 2017 My Self-Examination Drawing, why I’m avoiding social media right now, Comfortably Numb and US downgraded to a flawed democracy

  1. The drawing is beautiful, Jackie. At first I thought those were fans/wings emanating from the hands and then I see it’s eyeballs at bay. Wonderful!

    Facebook is not a civil or safe place. That’s my experience and view. Take care of you, my dear. 😉 xoxoM

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