Yikes — lots of things happening in the world these days, both domestically and internationally. Between the Presidential race turning, well, *snippy* from both sides, seeing the economy getting even *more* worse, and seeing the Middle East, Eurasia, *and* South America getting all tied up in one gigantic sabre-rattling contest, there’s really no point for *this* private citizen to do but to stay informed as best she can and leave the punditry and the wheeling-and-dealing to the professionals, who seem to be, these days, journalists (and their sources) and politicians (and their lackeys).
As for me, a private citizen, whatever happens in the world is out of my control. I don’t have the time, money, connections — ultimately, the *ambition* — to be anybody other than what I am, which these days is being a Professor of English (and all the duties that that role entails — which is HUGE enough as it is without me yearning for something bigger and brighter) and homemaker (that is, wife and mom, again with duties that are HUGE and, these days, seem to be getting more huge every day).
Sometimes I read or hear the news, my dander gets riled up, and I realize, “What the hell does it matter that I’m angry about this, that, or the other, unless I’m going to do something about it — become a community organizer, run for elected office, become an at-large journalist and go where action is so that I can see with my own eyes? I have enough pre-ulcers as it is, just trying to do my best with the life that I *do* have.”
The world is a tumultuous world these days. Still, the bills have gotta be paid. The kid’s gotta be raised. The house has gotta be cleaned. Perhaps these things aren’t prestigious or intellectually scintillating, but they’re important, nevertheless.
The world will always have f*cked up places. I’ll let the pro’s cuss-and-discuss-and-deal with them. Less ulcers that way. 🙂