December 10th, 2016

red-eyed goujun by _mrowr @ muffyface

Doldrums

I always drag my feet about writing Christmas cards, which leads to them becoming New Years cards. It's hard for Eeyore here to find positive things to say as the season gets colder and darker- and I ALSO have to wear boots and my knees hurt and my feet cramp on the icy sidewalks etc etc. My message of good cheer usually defaults to variations on 'Hope next year is better than last' while being quite certain it won't be.

This year of course the pessimism is empirically justified. But I consider that we've had eleven months of WW1 centenary celebrations and many articles about the hideous and appalling and stupid things that happened a hundred years ago. So there's one cheering thought. Things are not- yet- as bad as 1916.

(There's also the intellectual schadenfreude of Neon Trotsky's tweet: "the CIA protesting a right wing president being installed by a foreign power might be the funniest thing that has ever happened.")