This reprobate infestation is composed of young Morrocan males. They are infiltrating our beloved country with their thieving, treacherous tendencies. At the moment, the only hope is that the current police department develops better intelligence to sniff out these thugs, along with acquiring more effective weaponry — i.e., guns.
In other news, the present Dutch health-care system is being looked at as a potential model for US modifications. To be more specific, the Netherlands gives priority to those already affected with illness or chronic disabilities. In the US, insurance companies avoid those with existing illness, like, um, the plauge. My prediction is that nothing will change whatsoever, and the recent article I read on the subject was merely a way to fill column space.
Did you know there’s a Dutch group called De Zonnebloem (the Sunflower) whose task it is to combat Loneliness? Social isolation has been a recurring problem for many industrialized nations; the Netherlands’ dilemma emerged in 1945, prompting the immediate construction of the Sunflower. I apologize if it seems I’m making light of this subject, for I do admit that many elderly and handicapped persons are unable to maintain friendships as I do, via the internet and post.
But being a seasoned recluse myself, I figured I’d offer a few personal methods for defeating Loneliness.
Firstly, there’s nothing wrong with befriending the dead. I have many friends amongst the living whom I rarely get to see face-to-face, so I often depend on the companionship of the deceased. There are a handful of dead writers whose words are a particular comfort, for they remind me that there have been others with temperaments similar to my own. These friendships can be highly meaningful but, alas, conversation is limited.
Secondly, practice martial arts in front of a mirror. Not only does this get you in shape, it also builds your confidence, preparing you for that situation we all fear: being a chef on a battleship overrun by terrorists in search of Tomahawk missiles. Jesus.
Indeed. . . music, television, food, alcohol, books, etc. These are all excellent substitutes for human companionship. So, if you’re feeling lonely, don’t call the Anti-Loneliness Squadron. . . just have discussions with yourself aloud. The louder your voice, the more at ease you are with your solitude. If you can make eye contact with yourself in the mirror and prompt yourself to laugh, you’re on the right path.
If any fellow readers have their own suggestions for combating loneliness, please share. Cheers.