Mean people. Yuck. Name calling, putting other down, bragging -- I don't see the appeal. Can't stand it, can't stand being around it.
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It is simply wrong how people are treated in the world today - I know that's not a news flash, and it's something that society as a whole just accepts as the way things are, but by golly, it makes my blood pressure rise! People deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion - what is so complicated about treating others as we'd like to be treated? Why do some look down on others and feel they are judge and jury, or even more so, little gods in power positions where they and only they can mandate who gets what.
Several things have played in to this little venting moment this evening ... one was being in line at the gas station and having a snooty lady make a snide remark about a guy who had 'dirty hands' - well how dare the man work for a living and then have the nerve to step in to her realm of existence It was heightened when hearing about how Arby is being treated at the ER -- it's 2012 for goodness sake, how is it that we can have men go to the moon, the rover on Mars, but people in pain cannot get the treatment they need and deserve. How difficult would it be for the medical 'professionals' to have compassion, and actually listen and care about what they're being told, about what the patient feels, and to address those issues? I would think it's well within their ability. Do they reach a point where they think they know all? Do they become so calloused and cut off from human compassion that they lose that ability? How can people be so uncaring, and in some cases outright cruel, and be able to be okay with themselves?
There are times when I have had enough and just cry over how badly others are being treated. I sincerely don't get people being so mean, so uncaring.
The world has such beauty in it -- but also such ugliness. The ugliness seems to be over-taking the beauty and goodness, and that both frightens and saddens me.
While I was ironing yesterday, I was watching an episode of The Universe that I had recorded over the weekend. The episode was I believe an older one from 2010 or early 2011 (thinking 2010) and they were addressing solar flares and citing a report from an official scientific organization (forget the exact name) that put out a report in 2009 stating that 2013 is projected to be the worst for solar flares in quite some time, and then proceeded to mention the possible outcomes if a major flare were to come our way. WOW, did it leave me rattled. Sure, I have read info online and even here on Mrs. S, but the reality of what could happen never fully materialized in my thinking until that program - esp. when they mentioned the potential for lost lives, how long it would take for the grid to be re-built, and so on. I was ironing off my husband's shirts thinking "there's no way we're ready!". A bit of panic set in (okay, a bit is an understatement).
What stuck me most was how many will be completely unprepared. Not to say that I am any where near being prepared, but at least I've got a start and a direction, how many have zero clue of what the possibilities are. Esp. those in the cities, no way I want to be in a city if
I'm actually reconsidering a trip we had planned for Feb of 2013 -- my son will be turning 17 and to celebrate we were taking a trip to Florida. Now I am VERY hesitant to go that far away with the increased possibility looming.
2013 (ideally) would be my time to stay close to home -- that program really rattled me, and has me thinking a lot more about how I am going about prepping -- I need to do sooooo much more.
Rambling on seems to help get things straight a bit
1) fashion a more definitive plan on what we need.
2) find another place to live - a safer place not on a main highway, ideally where we'd have more privacy and lots of room for storage, but short of a miracle, I am not hanging my hopes on that happening.
3) focus more on safety. People are nuts as it is, if there's a disaster, I can see that being magnified by a million. Not taking chances with my family's safety.
From what (little) I have seen regarding blogs, it appears as though they are filled with some insight or knowledge or are otherwise of some use to others -- this blog doubtfully will ever fit in to those categories. Mine is likely to simply be a holding tank for the things that I need to get out. I don't have many 'real life' friends ... or internet based friends for that matter ( I tend to be more solitary in nature, more of the observer as opposed to the jump on in and be part of the action) so I see this blog as being a way of getting the things that build up over time, or that I simply need to flesh out. Regardless ... presenting my blogging adventure...