So, to reflect. We are two decades into the third millennium. In terms of national and world events, which ones stand out for you? The ones where you know where you were when you heard? It is very difficult to pick five! but here goes:
September 11th- the twin towers
The Brexit vote
Marriage Equality Referendum (proud to be Irish that day)
The bank bailout (ashamed of the craven nature of our politicians)
Sinn Féin nearly winning the last election
God, I had forgotten about that. I wonder do we subconsciously block some negative events out? For me, the numbers are too big, if you know what I mean? 5 people dying in a car crash…terrible. 25 dying in a bombing…unspeakable. 100,000 is beyond conception.
I was doing a psychology degree at the time and my college friends and I were nearly all heavy smokers. All of us were convinced that it wouldn’t last, or even take off.
But a psychoanalyst Dr, had no doubt that the ban would effortlessly and quickly work. She maintained that society unconsciously craves a “a severe but wise father” and that totem is often the government when the government is strong.
How we laughed - I mean, EVERYONE was against this stoopid-nannying-state-nonsense. There was no chance it would be taken seriously.
A few weeks later when I was almost frog marched out of the library in Lillies, by Valerie herself, for sneaking a smoke in the bathroom, I realised that the game was up.
I often think of that psychoanalyst and what she’d said and knew so far in advance of the ban.
9/11 and related events there after. I was in NYC when they invaded Afghanistan in 2002 and in 2003 I was in Texas and met a 17 year old who took 3 months of “training”, and was being sent to Kandahar with a machine gun! I hope that lad came home.
Becoming a dad.
Mother natures uncanny way of telling us we are fuckin the word we live in.
Irelands attitude to religious groups in Ireland, much to detriment of Catholic grip on Ireland, I certainly welcome it!