Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ennui

Not life in general, but a sort of "great issues" boredom.

I was talking with a friend over the weekend and we had both come to the conclusion that we really didn't give a toss about one of our main topics of conversation: politics. Why would that be I wonder. Perhaps the last year or more of non-stop political reportage over loaded the circuits in that portion of the brain devoted to the public polity. Or maybe a touch of despair over the prospect of the most anti-life federal government in our history (more so even than Bill'n'Hillary!) coming into power in a few days. And when the rigging in our fantasyland democratic system, always something of an institutionalized con game, becomes so much more obvious, well, it doesn't help. You don't have to be in Illinois to see it; a good look at the California legislature will do just as well.

There are so many more interesting things in life that continue on quite well without the gummint. Dr Johnson had it right 250 years ago:

"How small of all that human hearts endure
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure."