Illustration by Michela Picchi
In the light (darkness?) of what just happened in the UK, and of what's happening in America with the whole election circus, and of what's happened a long time ago in Russia beginning with Lenin, hell, even before that, and of what continues to happen now under Putin, whenever I try to understand the global politics charade and voice what I think, my opinion proves highly unpopular. The "dangerous idealist" epithet at least has the word "dangerous" in it. Some other, more primitive names I was called include "seriously dumb" and "naive" and "typical woman," which comes full circle back to dumb, according to how women are viewed in our society, our value in our looks, not our brains, and our emotions dismissed as unnecessary drama. Not that I presume to understand any of what is going on. I don't have enough information to form a decisive point of view, and the information I do have access to is the news that's been pre-filtered for me by the media, and so hardly any truth remains there.
Therefore I read books. That's where the truth is. The problem with this approach, however, is that I'm always late to understanding a particular issue. By the time a certain book is noted for it's truth, a decade has marched on. Or more.
I haven't been reading news for years now, since I started going through recovery. I realized news made me sick all over again. But after I started writing and poking my head back up into the world, the news began to dump on top of my head anywhere I turn. There is no escape unless I shut down the Internet and flee to some uninhabited land, hoping nobody owns it. (Good luck with that.)
I recall being called a "dreamer" when I was little, in the negative sense, since I always daydreamed. Today I'm being dismissed simply because I'm not enough of a realist, I continue to say things that should be coming out of a five-year-old's mouth, like "We don't need politicians to govern us" and "Let's ban all weapons" and "Give love to everyone, especially to criminals" and "Share your art for free, it's not about money" and "Sell everything you own to pursue your dream, the universe will provide" and so on. I could write a whole list here. This kind of talk is unpopular. The popular talk is the kind that speaks to those who are firmly rooted in realities of life. In a certain balance that's reasonable.