I confess, I haven’t felt like blogging for a few weeks. In my defense, I have added plenty of interesting links and resources to this site from my classmates and external sources recently, but truthfully, I just don’t feel like sharing any opinions this week or last.
But I will! Because I have to write a blog for my PIDP 3240 course, I will take this obligation as an opportunity to reflect on why I don’t feel like blogging this week.
The main reason that I don’t want to blog right now is that I feel very physically tired. I flew to Toronto from Doha several weeks ago to take care of some important business matters. One of those matters was to see my oncologist. In January I had a large aggressive cancer removed from my body and with the lab work and medical tests just completed, my oncologist has confirmed that I am now cancer free.
That is pretty amazing and I must express my awe and sincere gratitude for Dr. Ryan Groll and his team at Toronto East General Hospital for their tremendous skill and dedication. My amazing cancer journey experience will be covered in its own blog another day because perhaps it might be a blog story that could be useful to another individual or their family dealing with cancer.
I am presently sitting in the airport in Istanbul with a 10 hour layover, as I make my way back to Doha where I work.That’s plenty of time for thinking! The international Ataturk airport is bustling with activity and crowded with travelers from all over the world. One would never know there was an attempted coup in the country or terrorist attacks at this airport in the past month. I enjoy my freedom so won’t be saying more than that on that topic at this time. There are plenty of blogs and journal articles already and the truth is out there, somewhere in the twilight zone for those who know how to discern the truth.
The other factor that I think that blog jammed me significantly is that it seems that there are already too many opinions and crazy notions out there in the news, media and blog spaces. Everybody seems to have an opinion whether it is an informed and accurate opinion or not. I am tired of reading so much garbage from journalists, bloggers and tweeters. It bothers me that that a well-executed social media strategy gives a party a distinct advantage in influencing the outcome of an election. So much for democracy truly representing the informed will of the people.
This week, I don’t really want to be part of the lies and distortion apparatus that is so prevalent in social media? Even though I try to stick with the facts and present them as I understand them, I feel that honest bloggers are in direct competition with professional bull shitters! How does anyone know what to believe on any topic anymore? I have read enough blogs now to realize that our use, in education philosophy, of the term critical thinking is perhaps far too flattering. How can anyone really think critically when we are all products of our education and environment and life experiences?
The recent US elections race is a tragic revelation of social media machinery at work and a demonstration of how sick and disharmonious we are becoming as a society. Anyone can see that Trump is not fit to run a nation and certainly not fit to be Commander In Chief with his tiny finger on the button for a nuclear attack. But while looking for the facts, did Clinton’s Democratic National Convention organizers really deliberately tamper with voter’s choices and do things to influence candidate selection outcomes within the Democratic Party. Doesn’t Hillary believe in democracy?
I won’t talk about Bill. He seems like a charming man, but most of us know what is and is not a sexual relationship. Let’s not mention George either. What deserving leader rants about a freaking axis of evil and weapons of mass destruction and attacks and destabilizes a nation then sows the seeds for the birth of a well-funded new terror organization called ISIS. Read the blogs if you want a head ache. On the one hand I am sad that the world has become so messed up, and on the other hand I am so tired of blatant lies from so many intentional and unintentional deceivers.
With the help of news, talking heads, social media, and blogging and tweeting, I think that we are in general more aware of a bunch of useless and unverified information. It appears that in spite of increased situational awareness we have become cumulatively more confused and uncertain about what is true and what isn’t in my opinion. We really don’t seem to know anything beyond a reasonable doubt. On that basis, the accepted and anticipated verdict is case dismissed!
In the meantime, I will try to find out if a good sleep and getting rid of jet lag helps ease the blog jam for next time!