Thursday, January 18, 2007


Here's a small list of some of the things that cause me to be overwhelmed with feelings of despair:

- My poor academic skills.
- My inability earlier today to find the keys to the front door and open it before the caller (whoever it was) left.
- Tony Blair.
- Being on a waiting list to the university's counseling service.
- The church.
- The failure of Socialism to produce economic growth to rival Capitalism.
- Being told that I will have to wait until March 19 before I will get the results of the electromyography (EMG) performed on December 1st.
- "New Labour."
- The erosion of civil liberties in Europe as well as in America.
- My chances of finding a job after I graduate.

p.s. A small reason to be cheerful is, however, Guardian Columnist Timothy Garton Ash's response to German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries' proposal for an EU wide ban on Holocaust denial and public displays of Nazi insignia, which can be read here.


At 19 January, 2007 16:51, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Torsten,

I am sorry to hear about your despair. I hope that this weekend will find your spirits uplifted!!!

I do have to comment on one thing. You mentioned two things that caused you to despair or have feelings of despair. One was the failure of Socialism to produce economic growth to rival Capitalism. The second was the erosion of civil liberties in Europe as well as in America.

I guess my thoughts on this, and history has proven this to be mostly true - "wherever Socialism takes root, civil liberties get to boot". I think history has shown quite effectively that Socialism is not a viable model due to the sinful nature of man. Seriously, look at Chavez in Venezuela! He proudly proclaims "long live the socialist revolution!", yet he is shutting down anyone in his country that opposes him, and aligns himself with Iran's leader Ahmadinejad.

See my most recent blog on what some in congress want to trample on here...

The truth of the matter is, there will NEVER EVER be a perfect governmental/political system on a sin-plagued and fallen planet. It "ain't" in the Book. I guess all we can do is place our bets on "faith, hope, and love - the greatest of which is love!"

Cheers to you and Becky from Kiersten and I!

At 19 January, 2007 21:57, Anonymous Kiersten said...

Here's a little tidbit to brighten your day!!! :) I was listening to Rush Limbaugh the other day (I know, I know must I ?) Mark Belding was filling in for him that day. He seemed to feel that Edwards is the biggest threat to the white house in 2008. That was before this whole Obama thing though. His reasoning was that, for the last 3 years the everyone has been talking about Hillary. That it is her turn ect. However since Democrats usually don't pick the favored candidate, He felt that Edwards would be the one to pull it out. And would actually be electable in the general election. Anyways, thought it would cheer you that some Republicans are feeling a little heat from your Candidate.

He does seem to be the Democrats best option. Hillary is to polarizing. She might get the nomination but I have a hard time believing that the country would actually vote her in as a whole. Obama is to inexperienced in my opinion, but there does seem to be alot of buzz....

As for the Republican side it sure doesn't look like there is anyone out there who is presidential material. I guess I'll have to wait until we start having debates and such to form an opinion.

Have a great weekend

At 19 January, 2007 22:11, Anonymous Iben said...

Things that brighten my life:
- even though I couldn't find my keys, I climbed through the window and made it to the toilet just in time
- knowing that in the big picture (God's big picture) my academic skills don't matter much
- meeting people inside and outside the church who reflect the characteristics of Jesus
- kissing my children goodnight
- kissing my husband goodmorning
- my dad driving me to work when its rainy and windy
- surprise visits from my brother and sister-in-law
- listening to Michael Card on my way to work singing "from/in this sinful fallen place, I will bring/be you home"

At 21 January, 2007 12:55, Blogger Torsten Pedersen said...

Charles, although I don't agree that socialism is inherently contrary to liberty, I accept that no system of government will deliver paradise or utopia.

Please don't tempt me into a discussion on Chavez, I don't have the time to even try to understand what's going on in Venezuela. ;-)

Kiersten, thats really interesting. However, Democrats always seem to choose candidate the wrong candidtate. E.g. 1984 choosing Mondale over Gary Hart and 2004 Kerry over Edwards. I'm afraid we will choose Hillary, who has, in my opinion, no change to win the general election. Edwards, I believe, could win the election, just not the nomination...

Iben, Thanks, but what did the neighbours think when you were crawling through the window?

At 22 January, 2007 05:04, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Charles on that one...Socialism isn't the best, I mean all forms of government have flaws but I never thought socialism worked...One person seems to get all this power and everyone else is left in the dog house-perez


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