TUMBY BAY - Like just about everyone else, the two major things that occupied my mind during 2021 were the Covid-19 pandemic and the rapidly developing catastrophes of climate change.
As the year comes to an end, both are spiralling out of control. At best we are helpless spectators with an undetermined fate.
During the year, in their own way, both Covid and climate change continued to expose and to amplify much that is wrong with us, both as individuals and as societies.
The failures laid bare are manifold but overriding them all is the appalling quality of our political leaders.
Without exception they have been exposed as revolting creatures who exist as cankerous parasites clinging to the ankles of society.
From the grasping tubs of lard that occupy the house of parliament in Papua New Guinea to the morons holding sway in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, they display a sickening similarity.
In anyone with half a brain, to watch them at play with their smug arrogance, smart mouths, lies and fake sincerity induces reactions ranging from nausea to outright rage.
Just seeing an image of any one of them causes the bile to rise in many throats.
They are not leaders really. There is a huge difference between a politician and a leader.
The late Desmond Tutu was a leader, Greta Thunberg is a leader.
The clear message from 2021 is we don’t need them and we don’t want them.
They are not the answer to any of our problems. They are the main reason the problems exist.
They are an encumbrance, an obstruction, to solving our problems.
They are ‘a condom on the penis of progress’, as a wise man once told me.
They need to be replaced with something better.
Not someone better. Something better.
Something not based on the sycophantic worship of wealth and money.
We need a better system of governance and we need better people and we need all of them quickly.
If what we have now is where democracy has led us, then we need to ditch it.
We need a new system that hasn’t got a name yet.
As far as I can tell, there isn’t an ‘ism’ fit for purpose.
We have to create a new one before someone like Xi Jinping or Donald Trump creates one for us.
The current wisdom seems to be to wait and see what develops. Except that’s procrastination, not wisdom.
People of this persuasion seem to think that political and governance systems evolve of their own accord.
In Australia a lot of people are putting their faith in people standing outside the political party structure - Independents - at the next election.
Unfortunately the best they will be able to achieve is restraining political excess and extremism.
Don’t get me wrong, that’s good but it’s not a solution for what ails us.
It seems we’re hovering very close to a hinge point of change.
Democracy is being tested, and it looks as though it might fail.
If there is a significant change in 2022, it is likely to be for ill.
This new year will make the one that is passing look like a picnic in the park.
It’s a rocky road ahead. Best find something to hang onto. It will be a wild ride.
Have a safe new year.