On Fire

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.



8 thoughts on “On Fire

    1. .I must admit that sometimes I don’t want to know what’s happening elsewhere. The lack of information could remove all worries of what was to come.
      I remember when the tsunami hit Indonesia after Christmas years before. We still did not have access to the internet. So for months we were unaware that hundreds of thousands people died there. We felt safe in not knowing.
      But then, I must alss.o admit that the 24/7 coverage has benefits, too. It could warn us of impending catastrophes beforehand, giving us time to prepare ourselves.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts

  1. I can’t agree that “it was ever thus”. I remember decades when people in majority of countries could sleep without worrying about international politics and dramas. Usually it happened when strong leaders led the mightiest countries.
    I remember that many Soviet citizens cried when JFK was assassinated. Almost everyone knew that he saved the world.
    I also remember when the Berlin wall was destroyed and Germany became unified. Then good years followed.
    Unfortunately, last two decades leaders are chosen from only one point of view: who will give us more (we don’t care for whose expense).

    1. I believe we all have our views of what should and should not happen in the world. There are things we could do individually or collectively to make lives more peaceful around us.
      The problem often lies with governments who more often than not meddle unnecessarily in local affairs of a particular nation. The objectives might be worthy but the means to carry out those causes sometimes stray from the conventional. When the result went sour, another problem arises compounding the mistakes in solving the original problem.
      Thank you for sharing.

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