You know, awful things are happening in the world right now – horrible earthquake and possible nuclear disaster in Japan, the squashing of labour rights and quite possibly democracy in Wisconsin, Rob Ford being the asshole 24% of the city voted for him to be – and so on. If I were religious and insane, I would think that perhaps the apocalypse were upon us. (Was upon us? Is it correct to use the subjunctive here?)
But I’m not either (I hope). What is happening right now is the global equivalent of losing your job and being diagnosed with cancer and witnessing your best friend get murdered all in the same week. What are the odds of THAT happening? Well, I don’t know – I’m assuming they’re very low – but given that there are 6 billion people in the world it probably happens every day.
So what can you do? Well, for starters, you can donate to the Red Cross or Doctors without Borders.* That’ll help the people of Japan. As for the other two examples, you can try not voting for assholes for a change.
And to keep your spirits up as you face living in a cold, hostile, and possibly irradiated world, you can come hear me sing tomorrow.
During the Blitz Londoners still went out to theatres and concerts, and they were facing a non-zero probability of being blown up by zeppelins. Don’t let the awfulness of this week keep you from enjoying the good things in the world. At least 700 people in Japan won’t get to do that any more, and none of us know when our own time is going to come. So have a little fun while you can.
*Canadians without credit cards or Paypal accounts: text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5. Americans, use 90999.