Empty Days

Tuesday, March 30, 2004



Yes, indeed - politics is a crime-scene. And you, the regular joe, no matter what you may imagine of yourself, are actually Inspector Cluzot - because you're always right, as long as you're not proven completely wrong, and even then.

That's the game aspect of punditry and what draws people to play it so fervently. It gives you some imaginary ground to stay on and defend with your teeth and claws. There are a lot of naive fools (like myself, I am proud to admit) who don't get it - that being right is the best part. Or maybe I am lying here. At least it's very hard for me to seriously imagine that my opinion on the matter might matter. I honestly don't see why and how it would :-0

But then I've always had a problem identifying with larger-than-life issues. At the moment I am really greatful to this Clarke-scandal that it keeps me away from my own dreary existence. I mean, really, this is one big benefit and totally free-of-charge too.

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I keep thinking about those classic cafe types spending their long summer days chattering and fighting hot over some newspaper canard - that's so retro-French and mediterranean. The inanity of it. I've seen quite a bit of this in France where these things are taken to extreme in all seriousness. Every shop-keeper in France is an accomplished verbal pundit - who needs typing and writing and even sex when you can have such a grandiose time over at the corner-cafe? Oh my. What a lot of crap. And they honestly believe France is the most up-to-date country in the whole wide world. Give me a break - these people are insane :)

But it's a social thing. You can't escape social things. If you're in France and you're not totally up-to-date on all the newspaper shit raging over there, you are really out of it. This is required. Ten-year old kids are formidably informed - it's actually scary, because if they could vote I don't know what would happen to that country. I am not kidding you - you've never seen such politicized kids. The funny thing is of course the fact that they could talk the hell out of you and the next thing you know they want to play nintendo or something. Because it's all the same to kids - it's a game, politics or nintendo. I don't really see how grown-ups are any different in that way though.

Revealing stuff.





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