On January 1st, 2021, I packed away my Christmas decoration table display, and removed my bead wreath from my front door grille.
Next task was to changeover the calendars. Down came the 2020 Wildlife calendar, up went the pretty Paws and Petals calendar. Lovely! a colourful, calming picture of cats posed decoratively amongst the flowers. Inspiration above my worktable. Great.
Final chore: to write up the birthday dates into my new 2021 diary, without which no one would receive my enthusiastic rendering on their birthday of ¶♫Happy Birthday to youuuu ¶♫…. sung by Yours Truly, somewhat out of tune, but with feeling.
Oh what a happy glow of accomplishment! Bolstered by the happy knowledge that I decided not to make any New Year Resolutions this year. Note to all my readers who were nervously anticipating strange homemade gifts this coming Christmas (see previous post). Friends, it was but a passing fancy. Not an iron-clad resolution.
So: all organized, everything under control. I was prepped, ready for 2021.
But unfolding events on Wednesday 6 January in Washington, USA shattered my sangfroid. Nothing could have prepared me for the sight, va BBC TV News, of rioting Trump supporters storming the Capitol Building, and invading it. I was shocked. I was appalled. I was stunned. To put it mildly.
I live in Africa. I am well accustomed to news/footage of dictators fomenting riot and resolution when elections don’t go their way. But Americans? No! Surely not! Isn’t the USA meant to be the bastion of democracy, the leader of the Free World, the leader of the West? But if a narcissistic, rabble rouser is Top Dog, then look out. All the high flown ideals are tossed onto the rubbish heap, and mob rule is encouraged.
Which brings me to Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of France. I have been watching a fascinating TV documentary on the Corsican soldier, inspired by visions of classical heroes like Julius Caesar, soldier, leader, emperor extraordinaire – Napoleon’s role model.
A brilliant military strategist, Buonaparte tamed the post-French Revolution Mob chaos, brought order, rule of law, dignity and imperial status to his country. He unified France, which flourished and became a solid, established, modern society. History has recognized Napoleon’s genius.
How will History judge Donald Trump, I wonder? An aberration of the Social Media Age?
I watch unfolding events in the USA with horrified fascination. My feelings today can be summed up by a meme currently floating around WhatsApp and it crisply states:
I’d like to cancel my subscription to 2021. I’ve experienced the free 7 day trial and I am not interested.