Monday Morning Quotes

Monday Morning Quotes ~
MMQs on facebook /// @MonMornQuote on twitter
Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

Latest Quote & Archive / Search Quotes / RSS / Add to Google
Want the weekly quote in your email?
Enter Email:

View Quotes

Pick A Quote:

Quote #746 - Political Exhaustion #PoliticalExhaustion

24 Oct, 2016

"I am strong, but I am tired ... tired of always having to be the strong one."

Brenda Joyce

"Muscle-work can only make one weary--it takes brain work to create true exhaustion ."

Jefferson Smith

"It was hell to be so tired, and still care."

Lois McMaster Bujold

I am exhausted.

From politics, yes,
but, too, from the politics of day to day living.

Once upon a time (according to the dictionary),
politics was the art of governance
and the guiding principles for doing that effectively.

But it has become about winning,
and control--
the art of winning and controlling.

I mean, it makes sense in some ways,
because you can't govern
unless you achieve the governing position.

But then,
things become distorted, and
reality is created by marketing specialists, and
truth itself becomes defined as the most effective manipulation,
and the winning and the control become a much higher priority
than the governing.

It has all become yet another example of the corruptibility of systems,
no matter how well-intentioned the systems.

And it seeps down from the central government to
dealing with the systems,
dealing with the manufactured and manipulated realities,
dealing with each other.

I am exhausted.

Join Our Mailing List