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A cry into the empty night…

June 17, 2014

peter1With so much happening in the world lately there has indeed been much to comment on however as evidenced by my lack of postings I have lost “it”. “It” being that quintessential attribute that takes the facts adds my feelings and results in an interesting or thought provoking posting. I sit down each day and write about this or that but the feeling after reading what I have written leaves me empty because it lacks the “it” found in other postings. Right now I feel a kinship with the fictional television writers of ‘West Wing’ who when writing a State of the Union speech said they had no ‘pie’ with which to write a memorable speach.


Having walked life’s road for 68 years, one has the right, no I take that back one has the responsibility to impart, to anyone who will listen, what they have learned over the years. Though receiving no higher education in political science, economics or psychology the aged art of utilizing common sense in each of these fields should enable me to make logical comments. Just because I am at times forgetful and no longer turn the head of any woman does not mean that what life’s experience I carry within me is any less valuable than some twenty something with a collage degree. My face looking like a road map with it’s many decades of smiles and frowns that it projected over the years, and my heart though broken many times carries with it the experience of both happiness and the loss of loved ones. So take a brief journey inside my, at times, addled brain as we again explore a rather eccentric idea.

The sky is falling!
In the countries of Spain Greece and Italy the governments have run out of money and unemployment is skyrocketing. In Turkey thousands of illegal immigrants are washing ashore from the continent of Africa looking for a better life. In the middle East with it’s iron fist dictators removed these countries are now in turmoil. Our many men and woman that died fighting in the middle East today are crying out from their graves. They are looking down on us while our government backs the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt, and then supported al-Qaeda in Libya and later Syria. Now al-Qaeda marches across more ground that American blood was shed on in Iraqi.

At the same time here in America we are faced with what to do with millions of illegal immigrants who are draining the resources of our social infrastructure while another wave of thousands of illegal children are flooding over our ‘open’ boarder. At the same time food prices, gas prices, energy prices literally everything we buy today is costing more and at the same time one is lucky if they have a job with which to buy these things and pay our bills.

I have therefore, part physically, and fully philosophically joined those living off grid. I believe even those few who surround themselves with barbed wire and still others living in concrete bunkers, may be on to something. They have created a compound, (some both mentally and physically), then endeavored to live full lives either alone or surrounded by like minded people. Venturing out only to resupply and at the same time living openly according to God’s law and the constitution…

When one has tried to work the system to achieve change by backing people, for election, one believes will work to change things for the better. Yet nothing works to move them to make fiscally responsible, or common sense legislation, it can ware you down. At the same time watching my country transformed to one with little or no moral backbone and it’s leaders pork barreling more money every day than the average citizen will receive in years, sooner or later these actions will break the spirit of any man with a conscious. It is often said that doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results is a sign of insanity, so as of this moment I surrender.

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence it states…

“ all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights,
that among them are Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness……

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends,

it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.”


5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2014 5:50 am

    I admire your honesty, Pete, and how you speak your mind. But I’m wondering what you’re surrendering to. You’re off the grid, basically alone, surrounded by such incredible beauty by choice. Surviving in that scenario in the Interior takes courage and energy, so much energy, but the price of such isolation may be loneliness.

    What I’ve realized as an elder is that we only have so much time and how we choose to spend it can lead to awe or torment. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude for those little things that are still working well is one way out of despair. What’s currently working well in your world, love?


  2. Del permalink
    June 18, 2014 9:12 am

    Pete you said it in two words. “common Sense!” There are so many that live on the grid that just don’t have any….. Its a cancer on our country…….. And living on the grid and working in a town FULL of college Grads there are few I meet that have much common sense. They blindly walk around addicted to their technology…

    Oh I just acquired a drone….. lol


  3. June 18, 2014 12:59 pm

    Pete – As I’ve aged I’m feeling this same way; I just want to be largely left to my own devices such that I can live out a comfortable lifestyle without feeling like I’m in a constant state of angst over what’s happening in the country and/or the world. Everything seems to be going to Hell in a hand basket and no one seems to care… But then I have to remind myself that human history has mirrored the movement of a pendulum; swinging out to one extreme, then drawing back across the center point only to once again explore the opposite extreme. It seems to be human nature that we follow such motion and it can be frustrating to contemplate. However, it also offers hope that maybe we are living on one far extreme and that ole pendulum is now about to begin its journey back through its neutral point before once again pushing the opposite extreme. Like so many things passion is a dual edged sword; while it might help you really get behind something you’re writing it also is an intense emotional situation and as such its generally not peaceful or comfortable.


  4. June 18, 2014 2:11 pm

    I empathize, find myself staring at my blog many times, realizing a post about dancing in the dark or a chapter from a book long-written are mere gap-fillers. I need some melancholy to generate the deep, thick stuff, the meaty heart fare. Come autumn and a few colors, a bit of snowfall, and I’ll be you’re back on your feed. In the meantime, take a walk. :-)


  5. Terry permalink
    June 20, 2014 3:58 am

    Is it our age? Else, why do so few seem to see it? Always enjoy your blog, Pete.


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