I don’t think anyone could have accurately predicted with any semblance of confidence what was going to happen this past year. (Remember waaayyy back when we all assumed the 2016 American election was going to be an inevitable showdown between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush? Ha ha!)
Fear, greed and ignorance will do that to you. Right-wing movements and totalitarian governments are on the rise from Europe to India to Turkey. The United States of America elected in the United Snakes of America. The ugly spectre of racial intolerance and bigotry has raised its head again. Everyone in the UK and Europe going nuts over Brexit.
Don’t get me wrong, Canada has its problems too. Justin Trudeau has made a massive weapons sale to the bat-shit craziest country on Earth, Saudi Arabia. When the oil wars subside and the water wars begin (and that is definitely coming down the pipeline, bet on it), Canada, Russia, Argentina, Chile and Scandinavia, because of all our snow and fresh-water lakes, will of course be the world’s water super-powers. Conflict will come here eventually too. Even so, boring old Canada seems to feel like one of those few islands of safety and rationality for the moment.
Reading through some of the websites of the alternative news community and research communities and you quickly realize no one really, truly knows what we’re headed towards only that the ground is shifting under our feet constantly and it’s really hard to hold on to anything solid. Almost daily, there seems to be some level of craziness taking place somewhere like this past week’s assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey.
On a deeper level, maybe that is the whole point. That we shouldn’t be holding on to anything anymore and be able to stand on our own, from within our own strength, figuratively speaking. That the chalkboard is being deliberately being wiped clean and we have been given a chance to create what we want to see and not what someone else tells us to see. It is an empowering place to be in but can also be a terrifying one if you’re not used to it or ready for it. It just feels like we’re all on some kind of precipice.
I hope all of you have a safe time with family and friends celebrating whatever it is you chose to celebrate, whether it is/was Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Happy Turkey Dinner Day, Kwanzaa or New Year’s, in whatever way you chose to celebrate. Thank you to those readers who continue to read this strange blog of mine. It always surprises me that people are interested in anything I have to say or write.
Onward and upward.
To anyone who may be interested on the topic of the cultural appropriation of yoga, bullshit spirituality and similar issues, on Monday, December 26th at 4pm Eastern Standard Time, I will be on Montreal’s Southeast Asian community’s radio station Radio Humsafar discussing these topics. Tune in, online and maybe even call in!