Take a break

This is a parol or Filipino Christmas lantern. Source: unotours.com

Merry Christmas to all my readers. May your 2021 be even better than your 2020.

The People’s Blog will be taking a break until the new year.

This year has been tough for a lot of us. Two things are driving us all bananas:

1. Our rulers and countrymen doing stupid things.

2. Hearing about this stupidity all the bloody time.

We can’t do much about the first but perhaps we can take action on the second.

My New Year’s resolution is to consume less media and spend more time offline.

The blog will continue as per usual, including the Dark Side, but I will not be as involved in following the minutiae of news and current events.

I’ve had a gutful.

I’ll mostly avoid legacy media and social media. I once did this for two years and it was bliss.


Out in the real world, things are okay. Birds are singing, fish are swimming, dogs are frolicking and, where I am, the sun is shining.

Don’t let all this nonsense get you down. There’s no need to follow or comment upon every new insanity. In a time of madness, look to your own inner resources and the beauty of nature to get you through.

We don’t have to give everything our equal attention. Walking down the street, we are free to look away from a pile of rubbish and gaze instead upon the tops of swaying coconut palms against the azure sky.

In the same way, we can turn our eyes from the ugliness of decline and see instead the beauty of the world.

Have a good break and hopefully I’ll see you on the other side.

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  1. dickycone · December 24

    Merry Christmas to you too, Nik. I also hope to see you next year, should we survive the virus (there’s a virus going around, they say).

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kentucky Headhunter · December 24

    Excellent advice. Merry Christmas!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jewamongyou · December 25

    Merry Christmas Nikolai!

    Liked by 1 person

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  5. Behind Enemy Lines · December 28

    Have a good Christmas break, and we’ll see you in the New Year.

    Like Adam said, once one’s covered the basics, we needn’t spend quite so much time in the House of the Beast. I already have a pretty good idea what they’re up to and how things are trending. I just don’t know where or when Frisky Times will start.

    If it doesn’t happen in 2021, then (like you) I’m going to spend most of the year on my own projects, getting ready, and doing things that help other people and make me happy. I’ve had enough of rolling around in whatever fresh #2020 idiocy our would-be masters have sprung from their backsides.


  6. collegereactionary · December 30

    My friend, you forget that man is a social animal. “Out there in the real world” isn’t supposed to refer to nature or the wilderness, it’s supposed to refer to your real friends who you physically interact with, as all social animals are meant to do.

    Men are invigorated when we get chance to interact with the physical world, with objects, when we have a chance to use our strength and skill instead of vain charm and glibness. But the world of objects is barren. The world of people is what matters, and that world is rotten.

    When the world of ideas has gone insane, it’s best to retreat back into the physical company of people who you have affection for. But when even your friends have gone insane, your only exit is to throw yourself into self-imposed exile.

    This is not something to be happy about or to take solace in. It’s a brutal, terrifying necessity.


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