Some weeks are effortless and easy, and go by exactly the way you want, without a worry or a care in the world. You get through them, you feel fantastic, you think that you’re on an endless winning streak. Nothing can stop you and everything goes precisely as you had planned. Those are the kinds of weeks that make you feel like you’re playing the original HALO: Combat Evolved like slayergod Mint Blitz.
And then there are weeks that make you feel like you’re a nail, being hammered repeatedly into a shapeless mass of twisted metal by an unimaginably cruel, vindictive, and childish god.
When you run into the latter kind of week, all you can do is to remember that, when you’re going through Hell… keep going.
As for wider events, let us keep in mind that the world is changing at speeds that we could not have imagined just a year or two ago. We are living through the literal destruction of an entire world order. We are observing firsthand the total disintegration of the “American Century”, which in reality lasted less than 40 years.
The collapse of that empire, and the false sense of “peace” that it enforced, brutally, upon billions of people, started a long time ago. To steal a quote from Isaac Asimov‘s (vastly overrated) novel, Foundation, “Somewhere in the fifty years just past is where historians of the future will place an arbitrary line and say, ‘This marks the Fall of the [American] Empire’.”
For me, personally, that fall began in 2003, but really, the seeds took root long before that. And it took the resurgent remnants of another failed empire to bring about its final death-plunge.
This week, we saw the Russians finally begin to use energy as a weapon. The Neo-Tsar exhibited truly staggering levels of patience, foresight, and intestinal fortitude for TWENTY YEARS In trying to deal with the West as a partner and potential ally. But now, the Russians understand full well that accommodation is no longer possible – and have finally begun to use their true leverage and power to force that empire to break apart.
The peace that we all knew, that I grew up with, is over and done. The world for which my parents prepared me, is gone, and it will not come back. Our future is uncertain and filled with doubt and danger.
But there is also great opportunity ahead. As the New Evil Empire falls, and shakes the USSA and EUSSR apart in the process, nations, both old and new, will rise in their place, and take their rightful positions in the assembly of the same. The war in Ukraine – whether you call it a “special military operation”, or an invasion, it amounts to the same thing.
One way or another, we’ll get through what comes ahead. Unfortunately, though, things are likely to get worse before they get better, in large measure.
So hang tough, keep the faith, and soldier on. War and peace are both part of human life – we have gotten very used to peace, and now we need to become accustomed once more to war.
And that’s about enough of weighty thoughts from me for one day – to be completely honest, I’m not in a good mood or a good place right now, so that will have to do. Since it’s Friday, we’re all here for another reason.
That reason’s name is Marina Bondarko (Марина Бондарко), age 22 (actually, it was her birthday last Tuesday, apparently) from Minsk, Belarus. She is actually a legitimate model, judging by her Instathot page, and as you can see, she’s rather a cut above most of the Monday thots. Which, of course, is deliberate – Fridays are (mostly) for class and style, and Mondays are (mostly) for entertainment.
Happy Friday, gents. I’m off to drown some sorrows in drink and try to relax, and then it’s back to the grind tomorrow. If nothing else, we can all take inspiration from the Russian troops doing precisely the same thing in Ukraine right now – winning the war, fighting for the peace.