Tuesday, November 4, 2008

High and Low

On the eve of what will probably be the biggest and most important moment of his life, Barack Obama loses the woman who arguably had the biggest and most important influence on him.

The tragedy and irony of Barack Obama's grandmother dying just one day before he will likely be elected President of the United States is inescapable. Things like this make it easy to imagine that there's something bigger than mere coincidence at work here.

Something great is given. Something great is taken away.

Most of the time I like to believe that the universe is a cold, uncaring place, one that swirls and churns with absolutely no knowledge or interest in mere human activities. But when stuff like this happens, it's almost as if something, or someone, has taken notice and decided to announce their presence.

I'm not saying this something or someone cares. Just that from time to time they think it's fun to fuck with us in cosmic ways.

4 comments:

John Hornor Jacobs said...

Obama, baby. Landslide.

Elton A.R. Alwine said...

Man I heard that!

Anonymous said...

You might be interested in this. Apparently, republican administrations are associated with zombie movies, whereas democratic administrations are associated with vampire movies.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20081108-9999-1n8vampire.html

C. Michael Cook said...

Hi, commenters. Thanks for stopping and chatting.

Anon, I wasn't aware of that zombie/vampire connection to Republican and Democratic administrations, but the last few years certainly could be held up as an argument for it.