How Do We Explain All This?

Hello everyone, I’ve realised its been quite a while since I’ve written a post that isn’t either a crochet pattern, parody song or blogger related. As someone who’s quite use to spouting my opinions on all sorts of issues, news stories and topics this is quite unusual behaviour.

You might think it’s because I don’t have anything to say about the state of the world today, and in a sense you would be right. It’s not that I don’t think about what’s happening, I have plenty of thoughts but how to put them into words is a different matter. The title of this post was prompted by something I read online the other day. It was a parent asking how they explain the state of the world to their child. I read the post and I didn’t have an answer. The rest of this post is probably going to be a little rambling, quite political and probably come to no conclusions, but I’m going on nether the less.

The worlds gone mad

Cartoon face with crazy google  eyes

That’s the only explanation that makes any sense, but it really doesn’t explain anything.

How do you explain the phenomenon that is Trump. Day in and day out I hear reports on the things he says, the things he does. In the early days of his administration people genuinely thought it would only be a short time before he was impeached.

However we are reaching the midpoint of his first term in office and he has survived scandal after scandal, some personal but more worryingly several that involve criminal activities by those close to him. Republicans are determined to see their party hold on to power, so overlook and whitewash all criticisms of him.

Fake news has become the in thing. Don’t like the headlines, just make up your own version of the story. And the voters buy it. Millions of americans who are happy to cherry pick their truths to fit the preconceived idea that Trump is the people’s politician.

A recent example of this being the bombs that have been sent to prominent critics of Trump in the past week. Fox news and other Trump supporters have doubted the validity of these threats, going as far as blaming other democrats of faking it all to male republicans look bad.

Brexit Madness

Things in Britain aren’t any better. Day by day agencies release reports about how disruptive any sort of Brexit will be. We won’t be able to drive abroad, pilots wont be able to take people on holiday. Food and medication shortages, the list goes on and on.

And yet the both parties still push for Brexit. The man in the street wants the government to get on with it, consequences be damned. We’re like lemmings trundling towards the cliff edge with the belief there will be a cushion filled safety net there to break our fall.

Is there any hope?

For Britain I fear there is little chance of things getting better. I hoped that at this point the government would see that there is no way to sort a brexit deal. The EU will not make a trade deal until the Irish border problem is resolved, Theresa Mays solution to the border problem is to arrange a free trade deal.

So in my humble opinion we’re going to be left with two choices. Stay in or accept a catastrophic no deal exit.

America on the other hand does have the chance of turning the tide. The mid-term elections could reverse the republican majority in one or more of the houses of power. However this depends on the voting choices of the general public, and as we saw in 2016 that is not something that always goes well.

What do you think of the state of affairs in the world today? Am I right to be confused and scared, or do you think it will all turn out fine in the end?

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21 Comments

  1. Heather Keet

    November 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    It does feel like the world has gone mad!!! Thanks for joining us on #GlobalBlogging this week, just want to remind you to badge up so others will be sure to comment (we’ve had some spammers lately so we’re trying to remind everyone!)

  2. nightwisprav3n

    November 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Every day Trump does something that just astounds me but I’m not surprised by his actions anymore. What I am surprised at are the other leaders of our country not standing up to him. Instead, they are backing him knowing full well that he is WRONG! It infuriates me and the voters… What is up with the voters? That’s such a scary place for me because I believe we should definitely be past all of these negative atrocities that are happening. As I said in Enda’s post, his supporters are blind sheep following the big bad wolf to their own slaughter. It’s completely insane! #MixitUp

  3. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin

    November 4, 2018 at 11:59 am

    As someone with a great interest in history, I don’t despair too much about the state of the world as it has been disasterous so many times before, yet still continued somehow. Things get worse, get better, get worse again… and so on. I guess my lack of interest is coupled with a lack of control, as well as self-preservation. If I allowed myself to really care, I’d go nuts. I’ve got just about enough energy to cope with my own little bubble of life (though some might say I’m not great at that either, lol). I can’t deal with the world as well. I used to care a lot about politics as a youngster, now though I’ve given up really. I think there are as much fake news from either ‘side’, and many politicians, from all parties, just get off on getting attention and ego boosts.
    On a slightly more positive note, I think Britain will be alright after leaving the EU. In a historical perspective, the time Britain has been a part of the EU is tiny. X
    #MixItUp

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      November 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      This timescale we’ve been in the EU is small when looked at in relation to all of history but when you look at the way the world has developed in the last 40 odd years we are intricately tied to Europe now

  4. Bec - views from my garden bench

    October 30, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    the situations around the world worry me – Trump, brexit, the rise of fascism again, racism etc. I was a child in the 70s/80s and thought we’d moved away from these grim ideas. In my own little way I try to be kind – call people out – support tolerance / multi-culturalism /liberal ideas. #togetherwearestronger and #lovewins

  5. arosetintedworld

    October 30, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I wish there was an answer. It seems like the most corrupt and selfish people are running the world. As another of the comments above says, I’m just trying to get on with my own life and be good to everyone around me. Thats all we can do! #MixItUp

  6. Mum25boys

    October 30, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Im totally with you, the world has gone mad! Theres so many things going on that dont make sense and that are ‘wrong’. I do worry about the futures of the children of the world.

  7. Nige

    October 29, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t get me started on brexit it’s a mess and we should of never voted to leave hard times ahead #mixitup

  8. Mummy of 5 miracles

    October 29, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I am quite honest with my children so they are aware of the scarier things in the world but obviously keep it age relevant. The world scares the living crap out of me and I worry about the kind of world the kids are growing up in x

  9. Coombe Mill

    October 29, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Like you I think we are in for a tricky ride with BREXIT that I don’t see ending well, at least in the next few years. #GlobalBlogging

  10. Lydia C. Lee

    October 29, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    The Trump thing is deeply disturbing. The treatment of the poor and the black population is disgusting. This new targeting of Trans people (already a minority target) is alarming (as it is the start of the ethnic cleansing, so to speak, that is surely coming). I don’t understand that people don’t seem to hear the alarm bells ringing. As for Brexit, I think it’s done and the sink or swim is all that is left. We seem to have taken a fairly peaceful and prosperous world and shaken it up with stupidity (On our own politics we have Christians in power who seem to HATE everyone that isn’t rich, white and male. So that’s just fine…???Oh, and apparently we want to kill the environment because there’s a buck to be made….) #GlobalBlogging

  11. Sharon

    October 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Honestly, I avoid listening to most of it! If I do want to know anything in particular, which tbh isnt often I ask my Dad who listens to it all, he’s a walking book of knowledge on it all! #mmbc

  12. mummyhereandthere

    October 29, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I am sick of the Brexit, every day there is something and America so bloody scary. I think i will stick to just looking at cats haha X #mmbc

  13. endardoo

    October 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    … the Brexit debacle just sees to get madder and madder. We can only hope it works out #MixItUp

  14. endardoo

    October 29, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    I have been getting a glimpse of what it is like arguing with a Trump supporter in my dealings with my teenage daughter: everything I say her parents say is treated like fake news, and no responsibility is taken. Therefore, it’s all her parents fault! Simple. #GlobalBlogging

  15. viewfromthebeachchair

    October 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    As an American I am a much happier person not having Cable TV! #mixitup

  16. RaisieBay

    October 29, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I’m another one for staying in my own little bubble, blimey I have enough to deal with at home without thinking about the state the world is in. Then there is all the sad news on top, shootings at a church, helicopter and plane crashes, weather disasters and so on. It’s just too much to take in sometimes. I just take one day at time and hide away from the bad news. Will it all come right in the end? I doubt it.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      October 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      See this is what makes it difficult for me. A large part of me would happily ignore it all and live in my oen bubble, but at the same time if its as bad as they say its going to be we need to be aware at least

  17. likeherdingcatsblog

    October 29, 2018 at 10:50 am

    It’s so frustrating isn’t it. My son is 9 and fairly aware of Trump. We have been fairly honest with him about why some of Trump’s opinions are incorrect (i know people have rights to opinions but he’s just plain wrong) and why he is not popular. Brexit blows my mind. I wanted in and I think a lot of people voted out for the wrong reasons – not everyone. But it’s dragged on so long, and I cannot see a positive outcome- certainly not the one people who voted out hink we’re getting. I agree with the coment above – we need to concentrate on being good people ourselves and raising our childrne to be the same.

  18. csuhpat1

    October 28, 2018 at 5:07 am

    I have pretty much decided to stay in my little world and only try to make an effect there. Things like being pleasant, saying hi to people on the street, saying thank you and please, simple stuff like that.

    That is what I can control -me being a decent human being. Maybe someone will see it and decide to try it. I don’t know but I am going not to make any sense of others, just going to make a little sense with me.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      October 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Sometimes the only thing you can do is scale things right down x

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