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It’s a Messy World

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   18 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Kindness in dosesPolitics does not interest me beyond the amusing Facebook memes of Donald Trump with an orange Tabby on his head. I’m an equal opportunity sarcasm generator, as cynical about the Republicans as I am about the Democrats. Politics is an evil side effect of the need for governing, a tumor that hides its morbidity beneath the guise of progress and social change.

That said, I understand the need for it, why it exists, and I’m grateful to live in a country where so many voices can be heard—where we’re free to listen to all sides and at least make an effort to sift through the silt to find the occasional nuggets of gold. They do exist, those nuggets, on both sides of the political fence. It does take some digging, though.

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, I’ve upped my reading on the news sites. I don’t stick to one, but read them all, from CNN to Fox, Washington Times to The New York Times. Each favors a different slant, so the only way to round out the info is to seek it out in multiple places and organize the puzzle pieces. Not being a political animal, this means that a lot of it reads like math word problems to me—in other words, blah, blah, blah. When it comes to full comprehension, my struggle is real. Most of the time I scratch my head and think, “What the…?” And the contradictions? Rampant. If the truth is out there, it’s wearing Groucho glasses and a Klingon cloaking device.

The frustrating thing is that no matter how much energy I expend reading the news, there are always more questions than answers. The only thing I come away knowing for certain is that the world is hurting, bleeding, and there isn’t a Band-Aid big enough. My heart aches for Paris. It aches for Darfur and Somalia. It aches. It aches.

ISIS has a Jihadi Help Desk operating 24/7. The incongruity of that is astounding, and if it doesn’t scare you, then you’re way more badass than I am. My first thought upon hearing of this was that it sounded like something the old crew of Saturday Night Live would’ve concocted. But this is no joke. It is real, and it is frightening.

Politics will not fix this. Rhetoric will not fix this. The world has always been a messy place with big bad wolves aplenty. History proves this to be true. Somehow we go on, and these days in which we live will be no exception. I do wonder, though, through what lens this age will be viewed in retrospect, long after I’m gone.

Today’s Naked Truth offers no solutions. I’m not sure there are any. At the end of the day, all we can do is live our lives with whatever grace and dignity we can muster, delivering kindness in strong doses to others. Small victories are better than none at all.

I used to tell my kids they should always leave a place better than they found it. I still think that’s the best any of us can do.


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18 Responses to "It’s a Messy World"

  1. Comment by Pat
    November 18, 2015 at 9:42 am  

    So true. I love Anne Lamott’s response to unfathomable tragedy. This is from her book, Stitches. “…The horror is real, and so you make casseroles for your neighbor, organize an overseas clothing drive, and do your laundry. You can also offer to do other people’s laundry, if they have recently had any random babies or surgeries. We live stitch by stitch.” In our own small way, we do what we can do.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 18, 2015 at 11:23 am  

      Wonderful quote, Pat! Thanks for sharing. I love Anne Lamott’s books, but haven’t read Stitches. I’ll put it on my TBR.

  2. Comment by Rob
    November 18, 2015 at 11:02 am  

    Politics–a pox on both their houses. If you follow an ideology far enough, you find yourself at a crossroads where common sense goes one way and ideology goes the other. Pundits deal in half truth because the whole truth is messy. Truth is more often hidden in what isn’t being said than what’s being said. Like you, I don’t have any solutions. We tend to think the human race has advanced to a place where we can solve our problems through careful deliberation and diplomacy, but that’s never been the case, and it’s only technology that distinguishes us from the people who stacked heads at the gates of Carthage. We are those people, and under the right circumstances, we would stack heads just as high. And justify it. My father once grounded me over some infraction, I told him that I didn’t think it was right. He said, “Yeah, there’s a lot of things that aren’t right, but they still go on.”

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 18, 2015 at 11:24 am  

      Agreed, Rob. With all of it. Our society may change, but human nature remains much the same.

  3. Comment by Jerri
    November 18, 2015 at 11:56 am  

    I am sick of both sides! I cry for our World and the place it has become. I try to live by the Golden Rule. That is what I can do. ” Do unto others ad you would have them do unto you. ” Wouldn’t it be great if everyone would do that? ??? So simple but so or of reach….*sigh

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 19, 2015 at 7:07 am  

      A good rule to live by, but as you said, not followed my many. Maybe one day.

  4. Comment by Claudia
    November 18, 2015 at 3:19 pm  

    You put things very well here. I too listen, read, and stay confused. It should be so simple, this question of right and wrong…of where it begins and ends. Now the world is full of things I can no longer see the right side of. I think we should all have a voice, but I think we should be taught or teach how to moderate that voice. I guess I am making a call for civility. The example that comes to mind is bashing a president who is doing his best. The president no matter who he is knows things we don’t. I always taught my students I would not tolerate bashing of a president, no matter how bad he was because we should be respectful of the position if not the man. You can be respectful and voice an opinion at the same time.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 19, 2015 at 7:09 am  

      Agreed, Claudia. One of the reasons Facebook gets “old” for me is the extreme ranting that goes on by so many. I scroll past a lot of it, but some is hard to ignore. And respect, unfortunately, appears in limited supply.

  5. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    November 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm  

    You said it so well, my dear. I add to that, to add love!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 19, 2015 at 7:05 am  

      Yes. Definitely love. 🙂

  6. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    November 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm  

    I know this is bad but I guess I keep my head in the sand by not listening to ANY TV and reading very little on the Internet. I don’t really think I’m shallow I am just so tired of hearing about bad things. I really think I’ve been happier since I gave up TV over 2 years ago in favor of reading.

    I agree with your philosophy of trying to leave places better than we found it. Girl Scouts and camping had much the same philosophy.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 19, 2015 at 6:57 am  

      It’s in fits and starts for me. I’ll go through a period where I read about everything, and then when it’s overwhelming I stop, leaving the hubster scratching his head when I’m unable to carry on a conversation about current events. lol

  7. Comment by Sioux
    November 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm  

    I just hope there IS a world that still exists, long after you and I are gone…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 19, 2015 at 6:52 am  


  8. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    November 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm  

    I’m with Sioux. I never gave much thought to politics until I had children. But I have to care so this tired, hurt, but despite-it-all wonderful world keeps going for my kids and their kids and on and on…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 20, 2015 at 6:32 am  

      Scary to think of the world our grandchildren might face. Parents have, for generations, probably felt exactly the same way. It’s hard to stay positive sometimes, but fortunately there is still plenty to be grateful for.

  9. Comment by Carrie Carswell
    November 20, 2015 at 6:38 am  

    Amen Lisa! With all that is going on I am going to keep leaving this place better my focus.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 24, 2015 at 8:09 am  

      🙂 You already do.

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