No true “first light” yesterday, and it’s snowing this morning so I don’t expect one today. Just a gradual increase of diffused light that reveals the deep cloud cover and the snow all around. It can be beautiful in its own way, of course, but my soul longs for the sun.
Not a word in the mainstream “news” this morning about Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog in Pennsylvania that has predicted the spring weather for 131 years.
- On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
- According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
Sadly, the “news” today is much the same as it has been for months. People all over who have decided, for whatever reason, to riot, burn, loot and even kill in the name of “protest” and disagreement. Not content with controlling their own lives and property, they seem to think that their destructive “protest” will – or should – cause everyone else to give them what they want. Even when they don’t seem to know just what it is they want.
And this, at least partially, grows out of the growing entitlement mentality where whatever they want or believe they “deserve” becomes a “right” to be extracted from any and everyone else. The fact that someone else’s right to life, liberty and property is infringed on to obtain their wants most likely doesn’t even occur to most of them. They have been indoctrinated by the “schools” that all these wonderful things they want can – and must be granted by their benevolent government.
And that, of course, includes the idea that their government can and must “keep them safe” from all risk and harm – or even feeling unhappy. They don’t seem to understand the risk and harm dished out by the government, and become confused and angry when it affects THEM instead of all the others who disagree with them.
It will be interesting to watch the “powers that be” deal with this, and so much else, but I don’t expect real freedom to break out any time soon. Are people in general starting to understand their own need for liberty and justice? Are they starting to question the bogus “authority” of the non-voluntary government? Remains to be seen, of course.
An old Indian saying tells us that cutting off one end of a blanket and sewing it on the other end solves nothing. Instead of making the blanket longer and better, it is now shorter and looks like hell.
OK, I made up the “Indian” part…