The curse of retirement has resulted in the time to read, study and ponder on many things, one of which unfortunately turns out to be government and politics. A friend recently responded to one of my multiple paragraph musings with the observation that these matter have been the subject of thought by untold numbers of individuals over the ages and he stated that he would leave further exploration of the various matters to the "deep thinkers." He is probably right. Life was much easier when I knew less. I could decide matters on what usually ended up being a "black" or "white" basis; grays were minimal and my attitudes tended toward the absolute.
The more I read and study, the less certain I am about the propriety of any action, or belief. If unchecked, I can reach a state of decision-paralysis because of the now-apparent multiple repercussions of a particular action.
But...I have to discuss, write, and debate with others even though I am fully aware that none of these activities will actually solve, correct, or even answer any of the questions of the day...even the simple ones. I will do all this because...and I admit to a level of narcissism here...it makes me feel better, more alive, more engaged with life. At my age I am no longer able to sweat out my frustrations and stress, so I have to "think" and "express" them out. Fortunately there are some of my friends and acquaintances who find this behavior on my part either entertaining or enabling (I am not sure which, and I don't much care since they put up with me...so far) so I am not yet an exile or a mountain-top hermit in a cave. Perhaps that will come later.
Meanwhile I wonder if any of us really care anymore...and whether or not we should!