I finished reading Ali Smith’s Autumn over the weekend. I enjoyed the book very much. It is a book that is full of thoughts and ideas but not a whole lot of story. But that’s ok by me. I will be doing a proper write up of the book in a day or two but today I have a quote that fits so perfectly with how I feel after a certain someone’s latest Twitter tirade that I had to share it.
I’m tired of the news. I’m tired of the way it makes things spectacular that aren’t, and deals so simplistically with what’s truly appalling. I’m tired of the vitriol, I’m tired of the anger. I’m tired of the meanness. I’m tired of the selfishness. I’m tired of how we’re doing nothing to stop it. I’m tired of how we’re encouraging it. I’m tired of the violence there is and I’m tired of the violence that’s on its way, that’s coming, that hasn’t happened yet. I’m tired of liars. I’m tired of sanctified liars. I’m tired of how those liars let this happen. I’m tired of having to wonder whether they did it out of stupidity or did it on purpose. I’m tired of lying governments. I’m tired of people not caring whether they’re being lied to any more. I’m tired of being made to feel this is fearful. I’m tired of animosity. I’m tired of pusillanimosity.
I don’t think that’s actually a word, Elisabeth says.
I’m tired of not knowing the right words, her mother says.
The book takes place in post-Brexit UK but it can also be applied to Trump USA and probably the elections going on in France and the Netherlands too. Thank goodness Canada is still sane. Stay strong up there, y’all are a bright spot in the world right now. And Australia. I think you’re doing ok too. And Mexico, you go! Keep standing up to the big bully.