I have always loved the quote from T.S Eliot’s The Four Quartets: “Humankind cannot bear very much reality”. And am particularly aware of the truth of this as I prepare to plunge into today’s newspaper, dreading yet another dose of all-too painful reality as I read what is going on in one country on the earth after another, and my heart bleeds for the people fleeing destruction with nowhere to go.
There seems to be nothing but misery in the world wherever I
look, except when, with relief, I happen upon a TV programme showing some
sport. Recently it has been the
Commonwealth Games and a cricket Test match which, to my and everybody’s
I think watching sport on TV keeps me sane, a form of
extreme escapism which lightens the weight of the world upon my shoulders. And soon, an eagerly awaited event, golf’s Ryder
Cup. It happens to coincide with my talk
at the British Acupuncture Council
conference at the end of September, but having now learnt how to watch TV on my
i-Pad, I will be able to catch glimpses of it at intervals between some more serious
Perhaps already I am slightly less of a technophobe than I
was when I wrote my blog on August 14.