Casting A Pessimistic Look At 2013. And Asking: How Do Some People Manage To Be Optimistic About It?
Adam Lovejoy writes from Rome: But of course we’re still in the festive season, with 2013 being in the early hours of its existence, and we need to be good to each other for at least one more day, joining hands and all that other stuff. Still, it puzzles me to the extreme to see optimists who actually believe that this year, 2013, will be better than the previous one. Silly buggers, aren’t they? I mean, how is it that they actually find things to be optimistic about?
Take the world economy or even the one that you see from your window. What’s there to be optimistic about? Apart from the banks that stand proud and tall, having sucked all the money out of the budget while they strangle millions of people with high interest rates on their loans and overdrafts, the rest are not doing all that well. Small and medium businesses go down in their thousands and will continue to go down because governments these days think big and only help out the multinationals. Retail is in a total mess, having been plugging overpriced junk made in some far away lands where slave labour is all the rage, and now that no one has any money left shopping no longer looks like an attractive pastime. So what is it exactly that optimists expect will happen in 2013? A miracle that would sort out the economy? Until the banks call the shots no miracles are possible. None.
But maybe some of the optimists out there expect to be compensated with a rich cultural life, with all those great books and plays and films and TV shows entertaining and enriching them? Well, I’m sorry to say this but it won’t happen because the arts and the entertainment world and culture generally have been hijacked by politically correct mediocrities, who are plugging filth and irrelevance and blandness and yet no one can do anything about it as the moment anyone objects they start screaming that the freedom of expression is under threat and that they are being discriminated against and it amounts to racism, abuse and more racism. Nowadays you can’t touch a single talentless prick or prickess because they’ve got human rights and many other rights and are part of some happy family that will not stand for any one of its members being vilified for having no taste and no style and no class.
And then there are the optimists who say that they are optimistic about some political talent emerging who would change the world and improve the lives of millions. Now how on earth might that happen? How is it exactly that a system that produces grey mediocrities and suffocates talent in the bud could produce an outstanding politician who will be our saviour? Politicians nowadays are all grey men and women, in grey suits or dresses, who only care about themselves and their bank balances. They are incompetent and vain, which is an explosive combination, and they would stoop as low as it’s physically possible to cover up their sins. How would a system that produces these nonentities allow some big talent to emerge?
And then there is the stupid optimistic idea that the younger generation will show us all a thing or two. These are the young lads and lasses who have grown up on Harry Potter and other abysmal books, who have played computer games since the age of five and can’t exist without their mobile phones and the crappy music that rings in their headphones all the time. How will they be able to change anything? The education system is now dead. It is basically official that it is dead. So how will the young generation be any better than the lot who have allowed the current mess in the world to happen?
I am not even talking about wars and conflicts that are either going on or are about to start. This is something that optimists don’t even dare to talk about. And that’s good. Because it shows that they can be realists under duress.
One prediction I can make quiet confidently for 2013: the free media will continue to lie about the state of the economy, pretending that it is getting better. It’s not getting better but the money men who call the shots tell hacks to say the opposite, to prove that banks have supposedly changed their nasty ways. They haven’t and that is why things are getting worse on the economic front.
My overall pessimistic view of 2013 is this: let’s hope it’s not going to be much worse than 2012. And if it’s as bad as the previous year then let’s consider it to be a success. OK?
Happy New Year to you all!