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Grimm's Musings: The Adrenaline Rush of 'Storms and Storming'

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April 24, 2016 | 954 views | 3 comments

The calm cloudless sky that I now must shield my eyes against is in stark contrast of what we experienced earlier today. Just a few hours ago the sky was dark as angry clouds swirled by gusting winds blew watery blankets sideways drenching the ground. Lightening flashed across the darkness with crescendos of thunder joining the deluge as the symphony of syncopated raindrops playing upon the windows.

The whipping wind, like a maddened drum player, used whatever it could find to beat out a chaotic, disorganized rhythm to the thunder's boisterous bravado. Scenes of flattened houses and instant recall of severe storm warnings forced themselves into my consciousness as thoughts of which bathtub I might hunker down should it all produce a Texas twister. And now, these few hours later it is as if it had been a nightmare and I have merely awakened from a noonday nap to a beautifully calm afternoon.

We have all found ourselves watching the gathering of the clouds. We've seen the winds of discontent in our cities. We've watched the political storm clouds gather. We've had one thunderous clattering after another rattle our ears. We've witness threats, accusations, personal insults and feared this would be the storm that would do us all in as a Nation. We may have found ourselves looking where we could go should it all blow up into a destructive force. And now, we might feel that we have some sense of calm as of all this passing if we can make it through these Conventions.

There are some who have remained calm. There are a few seasoned weather survivors who have failed to be overly distracted. They have seen enough of this before, either by enduring time in a War or living under the constant atomic saber rattling of The Cold War. These know something that the talking heads at our daily table of media frenzy feedings apparently do not know or refuse to tell us. And now, we get to the truth about media-induced public panic.

You see, here in this United States of America, we have allowed something to happen to us. We are addicted to adrenaline. We absolutely LOVE drama, suspense, intrigue and thrive to be given more. We have allowed ourselves to become so obsessed with these very emotion induced traits that we do not even realize we are gorging ourselves sick. There is no "news reporting" anymore, just sensationalism to get an increase in viewship. We like it graphic, intense, and if it doesn't shock us, then we flip the channel. And now, we have been given the grand performance, politics the way we like it.

This storm is going to pass. Too many are caught up in all the hype and drama without checking facts -- not emotion-blasting pronouncements -- but hard FACTS. Of course, if enough people vote without facts there will be ill-thought-out promises and a public epidemic of give-me, give-me, give-me, while working and tax paying Citizens are further burdened. And you want a real storm? When there are more getting than can be supported it will be pandemonium in the streets! Could be quite a storm!
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New Guy  
Wilson County  
April 26 at 2:45pm
What gathering of the clouds? Did I miss something? The storm was miles away, why worry? Just like the election, it is miles away and it is out of our hands, so why worry? OBTW, does not matter who is elected, it is out of... More ›

Martin Kufus  
White Sands Missile Range, NM  
April 25 at 12:29pm
You get to take noonday naps?

Elaine K.  
April 24 at 1:06pm
You're right. Reporting of facts is too boring. First, weeks of predictions about what is about to happen, followed by weeks of analysis of what happened. Until the next storm begins!

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