These pages have two main purposes: to provide another perspective on the matters it addresses for those who care to consider it, and to discipline me to refine my own ideas through the exercise of writing them down. I am 100% confident that no one cares what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis.
That said: this weekend, I’m doing our income taxes. I’ve always done ‘em. Don’t use tax software, but do ‘em old school: by reading the hard copy Instruction Booklet and filling out the forms longhand. It’s obviously a tedious endeavor requiring concentration, although I have never particularly minded it.
This year, I’m absolutely looking forward to it. The task will necessarily distract me for a number of hours from what is happening in Ukraine – the killing of innocents, the irretrievable upheaval of lives, the destruction of structures and institutions, the usurpation of one nation by another more powerful … just because it can. As I get lost in the IRS’ arcane world and the numbers flow by, my outrage will dissipate, at least for a while.
In the eyes of the Almighty, there is no difference between what is happening in Ukraine today and what has happened and is happening in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, parts of Africa, and so on, and so on, and so on. We are just seeing the obliteration of Ukraine’s society and culture more clearly due to its proximity to Western media. I am having trouble putting it aside.
Have a good weekend. As I get engrossed with taking this number or that from this worksheet or that and entering it onto this line of the return or that, I hope I will.