Abstract and not emote

I have blogged on this before but as I am still working through these kinds of things: in order to deflect the attention of others as well as, more importantly, my own from myself I would rather talk and think about the generality than how I feel about them. By the generality of things I mean what Brian Cowan does with our money or what some evil multinational is doing in Colombia. By what I feel myself about such issues refers to my own gut instinct, me and my emotions in response to ‘events’ proximate and distant. It is why listening to the news on the radio or reading the BBC’s analysis of the situation in Burma takes my attention long before I would consider how the person in the next office feels. Frustration at lack of control over the former causes me anxiety (as if I had any in the first place) and the implied insignificance of the latter confronts me on many occasions.

Thinking about far away things and the abstraction of ideas is far easier to expend energy on when compared to trying to express how I feel about what is going on around me. Which is more important? I genuinely have difficulty answering that question. Do I have to make a decision about that? This has affected the kinds of posts here too. If you look back at the earlier posts: they’re about John Gormley’s election, about the crisis in the Irish health service and Tribunal performances. Now its all self-analysis and hand-wringing. In any case, it doesn’t really matter in the bigger scheme of things: as long as I don’t take myself too seriously.

I could never do recipes though 😉

And oh yeah: put the words Blueview Ltd into Google and read Rafter’s investigation of possible corruption at UCD, Ireland’s self-proclaimed education capital. This is about to burst open and this time it will be bad.

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