Three stories really grabbed me in the last 24 hours. One made big news, one was reported in passing on the Internet, and the final one I extrapolated from a show I heard last night on NPR. All seem to me to have the potential for big changes going forward.
CHICAGO: First – near to my life – Mayor Daley is not going to run for re-election. Wow – that one took me by surprise and made me sad. As my friend Christine said: “A few years back I was in Florence, a city with incredible art. It was built by the Medicis, who make the Daleys look like sweet guys. I will always respect Richard the 1st and Richard the 2nd for what will be Chicago’s lasting beauty. I find I can forgive a lot for the Picasso and Millenium Park.” I think he’s been good for Chicago. But whether you agree or disagree – the Daley Dynasty has BEEN Chicago for a long time. So big change is in the air. And no matter who is in next, they can’t possibly come in with the influence Da Mare is walking out with – change is afoot for Chicago – and off the bat, doesn’t seem necessarily GOOD.
CUBA: So I read online in passing that Fidel Castro is now saying that the Cuban model of communism didn’t work (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/09/fidel-castro-cuba-economic-model ). Wow! And — whoops! Kind of like how after the Enron debacle shuttered my former employer, Arthur Andersen, the Feds came back around after 80,000 people lost their jobs and said “whoops – you weren’t in the wrong – so sorry!” Hmm. Castro also acknowledges that “He feels responsible for the “great injustice” of the persecution of Cuban homosexuals in the 1970s.” Wow. So I think this has the potential for big change and this change seems GOOD to me. But it’s ironic, yes (note to Alanis – add a verse on this one, eh….)
CHINA: Okay, this one wasn’t reported on the news, but after listening to a show on NPR last night about PK14, a Chinese rock band I got to thinking about China being a country with LOTS of young men. And not enough jobs for all of them. Too many guys, not enough women to distract them and no work – does NOT sound like a good thing. My friend Patrick may be right – as we wring our hands and worry about China mowing us over, we discount the strong possibility of internal big disruption/change there.
Haven’t you had these types of things in your personal life – you go along, feeling like nothing will ever change and that seems either good or bad (the nothing changing part) depending on whether you like “the same old, same old” or not. And then one day everything changes. And it seems to come overnight. And is irrevocable. And in most cases you could not have staved it off, or maybe even seen it coming, but there it is.
I don’t know about you, but this fact (it does seem to be a FACT to me) can give me as much hope as pause. Maybe the singing bird coming my way is a bluebird of happiness. I won’t think about the vulture it could also be.