Well, it’s one of those times again: I don’t know what to write about. This time, I did what I normally do—I opened up a blank Microsoft Word document and started typing.
There are so many ideas flitting about in my mind all the time. Events, news, the upcoming election (yawn), the encroachment of Islam in the world, my lack of certain material things, my gratitude for the things I do have, my faith, my second novel, the gifts that God allowed me to be born with, my family members who live in another state, other family members who live on another continent…any of these things would be worth talking about.
But there are some days in which I feel very cynical, that nothing any of us do or say can make a difference in the scheme of things, and I want to just lay around and enjoy the simple things in life: food, drink, escapist movies, and the like.
This is where a lot of people are, philosophically, on an ongoing basis. They don’t pay attention to what’s going on in Europe or in Africa, or even across town, not unless it’s some drastic like San Bernardino.
Fortunately–or unfortunately, depending on one’s point of view—I can’t remain apathetic forever. My brain demands activity and not simply the intake of facts, but cracking them open to see what’s inside of them, and, especially, lifting them up to see what’s underneath them and/or to see what’s holding them up. Moreover, my conscience will no let me ignore things.
But, today, my brain needs a rest and I’m going to drink some coffee, watch some sci-fi and tomorrow, I’ll resume thinking about what to do about the world.
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.
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