The world has gone mad. Or so I'm told.
I can turn on the news and come away with the impression that I am going to die at any given moment at the hands of some idiot with a grudge or some idiot with a God I don't believe in or some idiot that was bored. I can log on to the internet and see pictures of dead kids, dead soldiers, entire dead villages. I can find stories of child neglect, child abuse, and stories of infanticide. I can even watch as hundreds died when the building they were in fell in on itself.
It's an ugly world. But it is no different than it's ever been. It's no more mad than it was when witches were burned, blasphemers were stoned, or crucifixion was an acceptable from of capital punishment. It's no more mad than when humans could be denied rights because of the color of their skin or the genitals in their pants.
Turn on the news, pick up a newspaper, or visit a news website and you can be reminded of just how ugly this world can be. With the introduction of 24 hour news stations and the internet, all the bad news you want is just a click away.
It's an ugly world, indeed.
Tonight, as we sat around the dinner table, we enjoyed a good meal, a choice of three pies for dessert, and the usual Monkey family dinner conversation. We poked fun at one another, ourselves, and this ugly world around us. And we laughed.
Yes, it's an ugly world but it's filled with beautiful moments. The trick is being aware of the former but not to the point of missing the latter.