Some of our U.S. populace is caught up in the excitement of today's (Sun. 2/13) NFL Super Bowl American football playoff game occurring in a newly built Los Angeles area stadium that media describes as being quite spectacular as such arenas go.
I may view this game on TV as I have been intrigued with the young 36 years old L.A. Rams coach Sean McVay, their quarterback, Matthew Stafford age 34, and the team's success -- information hard to ignore learning of since the game, team and players have been repeatedly and aggressively promoted by local, even national media.
The Cincinnati Bengals opposing our coincidentally local Rams are also attractive with the story of their young 25 year old quarterback, Joe Burrows and his team finally producing a winning season after a 31 years drought from such success. Zac Taylor, 38 years old, the second youngest NFL head coach for the Bengals.
I can enjoy watching some sporting events but am not avidly engrossed in them as my husband was. Years ago, when I learned of brain injury issues, then coupled with what has been learned in more recent years about dementia effects some athletes have experienced, my attitude toward the violence in some sports has colored my enjoyment. As for this Super Bowl, I'm inclined to root for our L.A. team, but I think I could derive pleasure from the joy expressed by whichever team wins.
Perhaps the Super Bowl will be a mental respite from thinking about the numerous issues our country faces both internally, such as the GOP not being a true political party but perhaps a radical insurgency, and externally like the current situation in Europe.
Democracy, such as practiced in our nation's republic, continues to be under assault by those advocating for various forms of dictatorships. They promote autocratic leaders just as does even one of our own -- a former self-aggrandizing President who makes no secret of his intent to subvert our nation to becoming an autocracy he would lead.
My recent weekend luck forces me once more to focus on my latest woes since a long-ago-broken tooth has once again come unglued. At least I can be glad I didn't swallow the released tooth piece. I'll weather this new inconvenience until, hopefully, a re-glue is received ideally Monday rather than referral for a root canal -- just when I thought I could attend to other matters.
Only last week having replaced tires on my car after an unexpected flat and revelations of the poor condition from age deteriorations the rest of the tires exhibited, I had thought I could indulge in thinking about less personal matters. Come to think of it, there are still a few other personal issues for me to address, none the least of which are income taxes. Oh, well!
I still can't help thinking about what is happening in Europe. Why are we concerned we might ask?
My view is -- please, not more war -- not again -- a European nation, this time Russia, threatening a geographically adjacent smaller country ... Ukraine ... an unwanted invasion into a sovereign nation ... a reversion to a less stable continent whatever the rationale or excuse for doing so.
This crisis is discussed by Judy Woodruff with New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart in a PBS News Hour segment. An excerpt of what Brooks said:
"I'd say the stakes are this. In 19-- from 1915-1945, we had a culture and a regime in Europe which was the law of the jungle, the strong nations get to conquer the little ones. In 1945, after 150 million deaths and two World Wars, we set up a rules-based order, where strong nations do not get to take over little ones, that we have some sort of global international order, with NATO and the U.N. and all sorts of organizations making it a much more peaceful place.
And we have enjoyed a peaceful, peaceful land. And, if Russia is allowed to take Ukraine, that would destroy, that would shred that international order."
As for the pandemic, I continue to find it alarming the simple matter of wearing a facial mask which is a proven means of limiting viral spreading has become such a controversial issue. These viruses could care less that we humans are tired of adjusting our daily lives to combat them. So, we will each be forced to confront the virus's potential illness consequences, protecting ourselves on our own, given that some of the selfish humans in our midst don't seem to care what happens to others or themselves by taking measures best for all. "We're all in this together" as these viruses dictate -- except for some -- unfortunately affecting all.
I understand the virus mutations present changes that can only be determined over time, after the fact, but some objectors seem not to grasp this concept. Whatever federal to local officials may prescribe or recommend for various settings, I will continue following basic common-sense practices including wearing a mask filtering small particles despite some of the falsehoods such as described in this U.S.A. Today article, as well as taking other care including hand washing/sanitizing. Also, I'll still make selective contact with others and the situations into which I'll go.
These are, indeed, challenging times in which we live with all sorts of changes occurring throughout the world. Like most of you who have lived many years, I've learned to adapt and adjust. Perhaps more difficult has been to differentiate the situations or matters which I can alter from those I can't, then making peace within myself with the latter. I stay abreast of what is happening around us and around the world as, probably, you do, too.
I find happiness in my daily life for my own well-being as I expect you do also. I make an effort to share joy, to encourage future generations that there is hope for the future, which I truly believe -- not always easy with what all too often appears to loom ahead as now.
We can celebrate Valentine's Day this week and spread that love to all, but especially to those close to us. Maybe some will send a little love to you.