Not us. It’s raining too hard that all I hear is the roar on the tin roof while being bombarded by millions of large drops of water from the black sky.
I stole an hour from my field work before the rains came to watch the international news on TV. Usually, I turn off the set after a few minutes whenever politics is on the menu. I could almost always guess how fruitless discussions would be when governments decide to mislead the public through the media.
What transfixed me to the screen were two seemingly contrasting news accounts that are currently happening. I began to wonder how on earth we could live in this world with switch-on-switch-off emotions about events unfolding somewhere far away from us.
Figuratively, some parts of the world are on fire. The World Cup has evoked various emotions of elation or sadness whenever national teams came out victorious or defeated, respectively. But the spirit of joy is in the hearts of almost everyone because of the peaceful spectacle football ushered to our consciousness.
Literally, some parts of the world are on fire. The raging wars in the Middle East keep us on our toes, giving us nervous nightmares that the escalation of local conflicts could affect the entire world once more. It is no secret that the supply of crude oil in the world markets is highly affected that the chain reaction often affects world economies.
I am sitting in a room, far, far away from both events. However, I can’t stop myself from thinking how will our lives be in the near future.