Let’s see, what happened over the past two weeks that is worth mentioning. The king of Thailand passed away and that really is a sad thing. Kim Kardashian got robbed and physically assaulted. A devastating blow to the privileged group of stars that roam the surface of our planet. Though the term star is to my opinion reasonably questionable when it comes to the Kardashians. However, everyone has his or hers cross to bear and what is nothing for one is a mortifying experience for another, so all our sympathies to Kim, who, apparently minutes after the incident already recovered enough to chat with whomever she was calling on the doubtless comfortable couch of her luxuries rented apartment in Paris. Or maybe she was just logging on to Instagram to seek for some support with her 85+ million fans. All very understandable. Hurricane Matthew came and left, leaving a path of destruction and a death toll of approximately 900 in Haiti, world’s poorest country, and 27 in the United States. Guess what the media covered most. We have witnessed the Presidential debates in the United States which, if nothing else, has provided for some very entertaining TV. I don’t think anything really important has been discussed during either one of them, but then again, it seems like nothing really important has been discussed during the whole Presidential campaign so we can’t expect too much. If you ask me the elections can be cancelled, allowing Americans to spend some quality time doing whatever they would be doing when not going voting. I never intend to get political in my letter, so I won’t name names, but if you ask me there is only one candidate credible enough to make the United States once again stronger together. What saddens me though is that this beautiful country, once one of the two super powers in the world, and that seems to like to present itself as the leader of the free west, has turned into a circus. A shouting match of a multitude such as the world has never seen before. In a few months time this nation managed to transform itself from one to be reckoned with into the biggest joke of today.
I’m sure there have been more events over the course of the last 14 days, but they kind of slipped my mind as I have been dealing with my own affairs. I haven’t been effected by Matthew, and am most grateful for that though I feel with all my heart for those victims in Haiti and – yes – America. The lost of some trinkets that Kim either owned or had borrowed in a robbery that was either real or a assurance scam has left me pretty much unmoved. Even if I’m not American the Presidential elections in the United States do keep me busy in that way that whatever the outcome will be in November, it will influence the rest of the world no matter what. But then again, as the outcome is pretty much guaranteed I shouldn’t have to worry about that much either. Which has left me with plenty of time to deal with my problems, my issues. As I said, every one has his cross to bear and what seems nothing to one could mean the end of the world for another. So we should never underestimate the problems of one another and always try to help where we can. That is what makes us human. Events that have been world shattering to me had forced us to close down this site for two weeks. And though I’m still suffering the after effects, I’m getting ready to pick up the pieces and move on. The Thai people are in deep morning over the death of their beloved sovereign who has lead his country for a little over 70 years (do you read this Elizabeth) and so they have absolutely nothing to apologize for. Hurricane Matthew won’t ask for forgiveness for the devastation and destruction it has brought. How could it, it’s a storm front, a natural phenomenon. Kim Kardashian won’t apologize for flaunting her jewellery and herself pretty much on a daily base – if not more – and thus polluting our life with things we really don’t want to see but somehow can’t escape. Neither Clinton nor Trump will apologize for the joke the election campaigns have become (though Hillary actually might, simply because she seems a decent person) and maybe they shouldn’t. After all, they turned this is the best comedy show ever since Seinfeld or I Love Lucy. I however do offer you my apologies for the silence of two weeks and hope you understand that my cross was simply too heavy to bear to do anything else besides it than trying to bear it. Thank you to those who showed me support and for your patience. –BM-
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