If you were having coffee with me, I would welcome you to my socially distanced corner of the internet
Tell me you remember the hit movie Romeo Must Die featuring Jet Li and Aaliyah? Else I would feel really silly chewing a stick of gum and wearing my cap backwards. This particular scene leaves rent-free in my head, makes me smile a little.
If you were having coffee with me I would tell you how a smile and laughter can sweep away some of the cobwebs. I am resurrecting a curious word which went to the place that forgotten words that no longer exist in the dictionary go to die: Respair
Respair: a noun and verb, meaning the return of hope after a period of despair.
According to a 2017 article in the Economic Times the word appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary only once, in 1425 and apparently people decided it was a word they could live without. Perhaps they were so set on their path that despair was a constant state of existence from which there was no return and thus the word disappeared from usage…
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the global pandemic, coupled with everything else the world is facing has put us in a position where the need to rediscover hope is vital to our continued existence.
There was a little bit of rain, a couple of isolated showers but its been mostly a dry week.. Maybe I need to do my laundry or wash my hair, that seems to be a rain ritual. A break from this oppressive heat.. I don’t know if its climate change or climate variation.
I tried following some of the proceedings at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, but the majority of it felt a lot like posturing to me… I mean how do you get world leaders traveling in 118 private jets gobbling up gallons of jet fuel and who knows how much in CO2 emissions to discuss climate change. I mean they could have aeroplane pooled or something or did a virtual… But lets face it some just wanted an all-expense trip funded by tax payers.
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that its reported in media that our president (and other speakers at the conference) addressed a practically empty auditorium; begging the question why didn’t they just make it a virtual conference.
Maybe I missed the speeches but I wanted to hear more from climate change expects than people discussing investments and playing some form of power games where developing countries are bullied into agreeing to stop fossil fuel production while the United States holds out on the deal.
If you were having coffee with me I would say that in the spirit of respair maybe we can hope that at least important groundwork was laid, we gotta start somewhere. While I am not sure what our President discussed he seems news has it he managed to get some strategic re-eneragement with world leaders and his return was jubilantly celebrated.
We wont go into the wild stories about how people may or may not have been compelled to wait at the airport for the president, or if the trip was much ado about photo-opportunities depending what media reports you read, things can get muddied up.
Meanwhile our government is set to put up a team to monitor Social Media. They government maintains that its not to regulate social media but to constantly monitor what people send and receive since they cannot wish social media away, so the Information Minister announced.
Whats been going on in your neck of the woods?