All That Glitters, As They Say!
An uncomfortable modern world we inhabit in 2016. The advent of rolling, incessant and banal 24/7 news is 99% biased propaganda. Albeit I do consider Russia Today to be more like 70% or less if compared to their Western counterparts.
The biggest culprit for a gold medal award for slavish political correctness and blind worship of minority, therefore dictatorial, government of the left persuasion has to be the BBC. Even "trumping" CNN and Fox moronic productions. At first glance one might regard the complete absence of news, in favour of the relief a "great" sporting event allows, every four years, is to be applauded, perhaps.
Indeed I have found careful cherry picking of events very enjoyable, in the main. Cycling one of my teenage passions reignited 56 years on! Add significant British success and even better. A further revelation was the spectacle of human and animal interaction in, of all things, dressage.
However I have a very large caveat to offer. In the shadow of extreme poverty and the violence it can beget, when often intelligence is also in very tiny supply, the obscene cost of these "games" looks very tarnished. Add to that the vilification of Russian sport and Putin over drugs and the hypocrisy begins to seep under the flags and fig leaves of presentation above honesty.
Not only drugs either. Coe is damaged goods and likely very much in thrall to fraud and bribery allegations as ever Sebb Blathering Blatter is and was. Maybe the name "Seb" is an issue here. Is this no smoke without fire? I rather think it might be. So consider this further link to modern morality's fading efficacy. War, mass migration and humanitarian abuses.
As the Olympics approach a final curtain, for four years to come, the dark savagery of constant war and butchery competes for gold medals in tit for tat propaganda, amidst all sides. More succinctly put by Raedwald than I can muster. The tragic pictures of dead children little more than further despicable spoils of media seeking wars. In all of this mayhem, the West in particular, is happy to ignore the rule of law, when it suits their support for "despot du jour" political and corporate convenience.
These mindsets are the same as those considered in the coverage of all things salable. Our very freedoms, decency and yearning for honesty are but tools to be bartered in a seemingly endless frenzy of buying and selling. Our very emotional existences are there to be exploited in attempts to deprive us of all we have, have worked for and tried to achieve in our lives.
As for the kids. Ill educated, treated like precious and innocent jewels until their spoilt, taught narcissistic arrogance slams up against reality. Despite all the glittering prizes of celebrity and sporting success trumpeted as available for all the stark fact that the Utopian myth is nought but an empty promise. One every bit unlikely for most as any lottery fortune win, is cleverly masked.
Our I-phone, keyboard generations are being addled into a future, in their post youth, now circa late twenties onward, of discarded penury as obsolete as their five minute technology. The media the conductors of this nightmare society morphing into oblivion faster than yesterday's laptop.
How terrible that once great nations and civilisation is crumbling, through its own greed and narcissism. Olympic Games just a cover for the endless barbarity engineered in the Middle East. 9/11 but a precursor to the failed and bloody evil exchanged in Afghanistan and throughout the World. A relatively simple chap like myself able to forecast years back that Helmand and the Taliban opium needs would once again be untid at a cost of lives, limbs and colossal waste of scare resources on the back of opportunistic, meddling intervention.
Still we may yet have another week of summer to enjoy before what may be a very dark winter. or not!