This year has been shit for so many reasons, the biggest being the creeping fascism slowly beginning to strangle this country from the inside and now, as we’re learning every day, from the outside too. Then you have all the really unexpected, coming-out-of-nowhere celebrity deaths, like those of David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, and then the following day, her mother Debbie Reynolds. It just seems like this year has been one of the worst I can remember next to 2001, and that was only because of 9/11. The prompt today is “Hopeful,” but why be hopeful? Herr Trumpenfuhrer taking office? Possible war in the Middle East? Again? More Russian interference in our democratic processes? 2017 is looking to be just as bad, if not worse, than 2016 has been. I don’t think as a nation we have been so without hope since maybe The Great Depression.
I feel like with this Pandora’s Box, hope has flown away for good.