Here, in a little quiet backwater, all seems to be going on as normal. Most people seem to be following the lockdown rules, nobody is protesting about Black Lives Matter (they absolutely do - of that there is no doubt, but does it make the cause any more real if we march and spread hatred - surely that makes it worse). We complain that we are tired of lockdown - particularly those of us over 70 who can see it going on throughout the winter and don't know whether we can take it - we seem to be living in a surreal world.
I look out of my window sitting here at the computer. The pinks are beginning to open - a two-tone pink one and a deep red one so far. The side garden looks so happy after the rain and various plants are in deep bud and ready to burst forth. The sun is out and it is warm and everything in the garden is saying 'thank-you' for the life saving rain.
Is it wrong of me to ignore all the protests? Today is three years since the terrible Grenfell disaster - the effects of which are still not resolved. Thousands are still dying from Covid19. The hatred between the various groups in the BLM protests throughout the world is so strong that you can almost touch it. I am almost 88. Is it wrong of me to think of my garden and get pleasure from it and yet do nothing about all the other things - what can I do? Yemen, .Syria, Afghanistan,poverty and hunger in parts of Africa - and so it goes on. Inequality has always been with us and it wont go away - unemployment looms large in the not so far distant future. And I contemplate the beauty of the plants in my garden. Am I wrong and if so what should I be doing because I for one have absolutely no idea.