The Long Slow Wake-up Call of the Soul
Excuse the pretentious title. It’s just that it’s something approximating the way I feel right now: like I’m very slowly waking up from… well, something.
To be fair, I’m female, have several energy-sapping chronic incurable (managed by medication) conditions, and I’m at that time of life, so things are going to be kind of odd at the best of times (and not the good kind of odd, either).
I’m also half way through a nice long vacation and starting to wake up from my usual post-work exhaustion. The fact that it takes a week to get to this point is not a particularly good thing, but it means I’ll have not quite a week to be something more than a sleepwalking zombie. This will be nice.
In the meantime, I hope everyone here has had a wonderful Christmas and that all y’all have an equally wonderful New Year. I’ll even go so far as to wish that 2019 is the best year yet.
Not, given the last few years, that that’s a terribly high target.
In other news, it appears that whoever writes this plot is keeping most of the bad guys from getting hold of the Evil Overlord List. Naturally I hope this happy state of affairs continues. It’s so much easier to be on the side of the righteous – or to just get on with your own life in peace – when you can just let the other side shoot themselves in the foot (Was that a Sun-Tzu thing? When your enemy is making a mistake don’t interrupt?).
It helps that the selection process for leadership of the various factions around the world tends to eliminate the smart ones in favor of those who offend the fewest number of greasy eminences (yes, I know that’s not the correct term. Yes, I know what the correct term is. Shush.) (and by smart I mean intelligent and savvy. There are some terrifyingly stupid intelligent people out there). It also helps that idealists rarely survive the preselection contests (in some of the more… robust groups, literally).
Useful tip for worldbuilding and cultures: an idealist is possibly the single most dangerous type of leader you can have. The power-hungry can be bargained with. So can the corrupt. The idealist who is convinced that they are doing the right thing… not so much. A charismatic idealist can convince followers that anyone who disagrees is evil and must be killed. This is not a good thing: it leads to mass graves, and usually to power-chasers who use the ideals to keep themselves in power.
Of course, it also leads to all sorts of interesting tension that can keep a book going, so it’s good fodder for writers.
For real life, not so much.
And with that, I shall bid thee adieu, and cease my mad ramblings.
(Actually finding the posting source of this one is… challenging. I think possibly http://www.facebook.com/cat.addicts may be the best bet)