Or is this a contradiction in terms?
Friends who live in America came for coffee this morning and we got to talking about politics. About the sad demise of the Liberal Party, about Jeremy Corbyn and the absolute certainty that he could never be contemplated as P M (can YOU imagine him charge in a real war/peace crisis without Trident?) and the Conservative Party and the 'they don't make them like Churchill any more'.
And then we talked about American politics and the run up to the Presidential election and how unimaginable amounts of money were spent by some of the candidates on their campaign.
And we asked ourselves - what motivates individuals to go into politics? Are any of their motives altruistic?
There are times - and this is one of them - when I despair of the world and the way it is going; when I look at the whole of the Middle East in turmoil, with thousands dying and thousands more on the move to countries which don't really want them; when we have lost the true values of a good life and I really am quite pleased that I am old (ish) and won't live to see the eventual outcome of it all.
End of dismal post. Sorry - it is a breezy day outside with bright sunshine and sharp showers so I can't blame the weather.