This isn't a eulogy to the life and times of Ted Kennedy but
rather the humility which his letter shows. A man with power. A family
that was seen to carry the hopes and imagination of a generation that
believed in dreams. Here was a family that was linked to Camelot, the
legendary kingdom led by Arthur. And with his death is the question
posed; is the happy ending dying? Are we as a human race losing faith in
the ability to be dreamers and be happy?
Pessimism is slowly
creeping into our collective consciousness cleverly disguised as
realism. If you expect the worst then there's no way you'll ever be
disappointed, right? This culture has gone through every facet of our
lives and is best illustrated in the popular media. Remember the days
when the end of the movie invariably constituted a happy albeit
metaphorical walk into the sunset? If Cinderella was adapted to a
feature length movie then it would probably end with her being sent to
work in a sweat shop somewhere in a East Asia.
There's a sense of
hope being slowly taken away from us. Feels like every single time we
hit rock bottom another rung falls off the cosmic ladder and we are
plunged into another descent. Tragedy sells. Papers with screaming
headlines of a bomb or typhoon appeal move off the shelf faster. The
news is more likely to begin with some sort of scandal in order to
increase ratings. The world is a willing audience.
Children are less
likely to run around with stories about Santa and the Tooth Fairy but
rather the scary neighbour who is always trying to give them candy. And
as adults we are losing our inner children as we are weighed down by our
own problems. To be honest when you are worrying about the mortgage or
the next meal, it's hard to indulge in concepts like love and happiness.
The happy ending becomes a fabled mirage.
True. The world is
becoming more dangerous and there's always something bigger around the
corner to worry about. In that sense I feel like there's never been a
better time to dream. Find that which makes you happy and latch on to
it. The time you most desperately need to be able to swim is when you're
drowning so forget about the cold water for a minute and paddle to