I think it’s safe to say that I’ve officially got the post-election blues.
ACTA, TPPA, Skynet, Video Surveillance Bill, Denniston, Durban and the demise of the Kyoto Protocol, the Ross Sea, same sex marriage, beneficiary cuts, education, deep sea oil drilling, fracking, corporatisation. There’s a long list of things that have already been pushed through or that are looming, and I just can’t make myself find the energy to fight. I’d honestly want to just go and live on an island somewhere, but aside from the prohibitive cost, the fact that we’ve already irreversibly fucked the climate makes that a really shitty idea – just look at Tuvalu and the Christmas Islands and similar countries.
I know, intellectually, that there are still ways to fight. But they seem to be a combination of utterly pointless and ridiculously difficult. Submit on bills? That went well for Video Surveillance, only 1% of submissions supported it. Vote? Well, we got a higher Greens result, but there’s nothing more to be done on the matter until 2014 and right now nothing could convince me that by then many of these fights will have been lost – particularly those regarding saving species from extinction that are not only an important part of the ecosystem but biologically distinct on a massive scale, like our frogs that are the closest thing left to species that lived over two hundred million years ago. My hopes aren’t high for the toothfish, either, which is the reason the government vetoed the conversion of the Ross Sea into a marine reserve – they’re a long lived, slow maturing species, and people like to fish them.
Some people suggest that if anyone is unhappy they should join a political party and get active, but this costs money and presumes that people who are unhappy should want to join a political party, have the time to be active in a political party, have the skill set appropriate to working in a political party, and have the means to support themselves while being active in a political party. I don’t have any money spare to join and sorry, but someone with social phobia is not a good fit for active involvement in politics, even backstage. There’s a reason I blog.
And yeah, there’s that. Even that’s something of a time sink though – to write you need something to write about, which means you need to be keeping on top of current events, either through the utterly mediocre mainstream news or, if you want to really hit what’s going on, through other methods. Often those other methods involve seeing what other people are blogging about, and then you’re getting into territory which is being needlessly repeated, unless you happen to have some kind of unique, fresh perspective, which is unlikely – and even if you do, you need to have that unique perspective often enough and loudly enough to build up a steady readership, otherwise you’re just talking into a huge, crowded room full of other people talking, only those other people are already well-known and have people paying attention to them. It requires relentless dedication and, again, time, and most of the people you do reach are going to be of a similar frame of mind anyway.
All this of course is one reason why Occupy is important. Unfortunately I really haven’t been present there much – I think I’ve stopped by once or twice since Holly got sick and then had to be put to sleep, because right now it’s just too emotionally draining to deal with. The honeymoon period is over there, too, and I have my own shit to sort through before I can be of any use to them.