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December 31, 2014

Not the last post

Filed under: Uncategorized — jchatoff @ 11:02 am
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crowd…although it was a near thing. Maybe it’s generational or maybe it’s just seasonal, but the amount of misery in the world has been overwhelming recently. And, it seems that every progressive value that I hold dear has been sucked up and spit into a landfill by our corporate overlords. Resistance is futile.

Until yesterday.

In the midst of a mighty whinge I was brought up short by someone whose opinion I value highly who said, ‘What do you mean, it’s all over? I feel exactly the opposite – I feel like I live in the best of times!’

Granted, she’s a younger generation, but not so much younger that she didn’t understand the problem.

‘All my life the corporations have run things – ever since there have been corporations, they’ve been trying to run things. Now, for the first time, people know about it.

‘People know about everything and that’s what is so fantastic. Listen, you know when that little blind kid got in trouble and they actually took his cane away? I sent an email to the school district telling them how crappy that was and I got a reply forty minutes later saying they were concerned and were taking appropriate steps, blah, blah.

‘Think about that – forty minutes! That means they already had a reply ready. And that’s because they’ve probably heard from hundreds or even thousands of people who were outraged about what happened.

‘There was a time when no one would have heard about that, except for the people involved. Now we know everything. Some kid doesn’t get his lunch and everyone on Facebook is screaming about it and also offering to pay for it.

‘It’s a fantastic time and it’s because of the internet.’

She paused and I muttered something about net neutrality.

‘Yes, you’re right – it’s very important. But you know what? I’m not worried because generations that take the net for granted aren’t going to let them screw it up. We have the hackers. Some great brain will figure out a way around it if necessary.’

We kept talking and in the end she quite cheered me up. And, since the only cure for depression is action, I decided I won’t quit, but will keep talking here about what matters to me.

So, to my daughter – thanks for that.

And to everyone else, a happy and healthy New Year!

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7 Comments »

  1. Thanks, Jean and Nina,
    That makes me feel better, too. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Jane — December 31, 2014 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  2. I’m gonna go ahead and say this is quite possibly your best blog post ever! 😉

    Comment by ninachat — December 31, 2014 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  3. Positive thinking makes the world go round. The best of all worlds to you, friend Jean.

    Comment by carol oneal — January 1, 2015 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  4. Happy new year

    Comment by avery zia — January 2, 2015 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  5. And don’t forget to vote and participate in the election process, write your congressional delegation, send letters to the editor to newspapers! For me, it feels empowering – and when I am feeling empowered, I am not depressed!

    Comment by Celia Carroll — January 2, 2015 @ 10:42 am | Reply


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