I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year in 2015. However, I'm immediately reminded of the adage, "Wish in one hand and..." I'm not sure how much happiness is even possible these days. No doubt my existence in Indiana as caregiver colors my personal view of the world. Still, as January approaches it is customary to look into the future in hopeful expectation of improvement over the last twelve months. But first, a quick look at the year we are leaving behind.
Four men were arrested for transporting guns aboard several domestic Delta flights. With the help of a Delta employee they were able to smuggle the guns past normal security screening procedures, and then carry them on board the aircraft, and presumably store them in the overhead compartment. The main stream media is "horrified" that over 130 guns were transported in this fashion. Let me be the first to point out that... nobody was harmed or threatened with these guns! The people who carried them were supposedly "bad guys". If there were no negative repercussions with criminals, why is it impossible to imagine that "good guys" (ie. you and me) might carry guns on a plane and not shoot anybody? I consider this incident absolute proof that concern over concealed carry aboard commercial aircraft is totally unwarranted. But maybe that's just me.
There are increasing reports about police shooting people and people shooting police. Let me state that I am opposed to ANYbody being shot unless they are a serious threat to someone else. The common denominator to each of these stories - besides the fact that they are blown out of proportion - is the fact that both sides have come to a conclusion without all of the facts. Those who riot in protest of police brutality ignore the fact that the "unarmed teenager" was also an underage thug with an aggressive personality. Those who adamantly assert that the police officer was only defending himself ignore the fact that he had numerous opportunities to back away from the situation. Jumping out of the squad car to pursue the suspect with additional ammunition is not reasonable force. Both parties are to blame, and protagonists on both sides conveniently ignore information not to their liking.
Lots of people died in 2014. Some of them by their own hand. Like everyone else, I am truly saddened that Robin Williams felt it was necessary to commit suicide. He brought so much laughter and happiness into our lives, we find it difficult to imagine that he felt enough despair to take his own life. Looking at the bigger picture, I wonder if he isn't our canary in a coal mine. With so much economic and political unrest in the world, I wonder how many others have felt enough pressure to opt out before their time. Allow me to reassure readers that I have never - even for a moment - considered suicide as a viable solution to the problem. (Pun intended.) As I've said many times before, if my life ever gets so bad that someone needs to die... it's not going to be ME.
If there were happy, joyous moments in 2014, I am unaware of them. However the purpose of this newsletter is to peer into the future and speculate on what we can expect over the next twelve months. I am too isolated to know what's going on in the world, so I'm asking you to give me a little perpsective. Let me know what you think could happen in the next 365 days, and what leads you to think so. Thanks in advance for being my eyes and ears. I sincerely wish you peace, love, and prosperity in the coming months.
"Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare"
(Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one)
(literal translation: "Err; only a fool persists in error")