You know [to adopt an expression of Hillary for once] how things can change?
Just when you think you have at last found the right thing to do, or the wrong one [whichever] something triggers something else and it is as if the entire World has changed. What do you then? Do you change course accordingly or do you buck the trend.
It’s just happened to me, like in a flash of a second.
There I was in my previous Post and I had just started feeling good about it when reality dawned on me.
I realized the effort was but a small fraction of the enormous gridlock in World Affairs right now. My efforts were puny because I had missed the point where it all happened.
It was 1960 again; something dragged me by my hair and I found myself back there; then somebody kicked me in the ass right out of 1960 and I landed in 1961. Suddenly the entire Global view came into focus and things changed, not so much in physical shape but more in perspective.
I am going to keep you busy on this for quite a while I am sure, so I decided that some humor is required before we take ourselves to seriously about what happened more than 50 years ago. Good grief, I realized most of us weren’t even born yet whereas the early ones are now heading for fossil status and to supplement the future oil reserves when the Arab World has pumped all their stuff out and Climate Change set in to convert the old oil fields into lush green hills and trout streams for the refugee people fleeing from America.
Folks, this is serious stuff and I will need help. Don’t sit this out and miss the boat; we are all in it and have only one boat. Really, it is as serious as that; we have no time to waste.
I have had these dates in my mind for decades and should have noticed it. What we have today is because of 1960 and ’61. I am going to start Googling and you may do the same. Here is my first list:
1960 Harold MacMillan on Winds of Change in Africa.
1960 De Waal Drive invasion.
1960 South African referendum.
1960 American Presidential Election.
1960 the Mau Mau start the slaughter of the British and Indian people in Kenya. Other White people were left alone; old Kenyatta just hated British and people from India.
John Steinbeck travelled with Charlie to rediscover America. I discovered his book by that name in 1961 and enjoyed reading it, but did not discover what a true epic that work was of America then. The genius of the man stands out today more than ever. I would in later years re-read that book probably a dozen times and commend everyone to spend some time in it.
1961 The Bay of Pigs.
1961 South Africa withdraws from the British Commonwealth to form a new independent Republic.
1961 The Cuban Missile Crisis and the whole joke of it. You will have to pick up on that; the Sefriken Nation had just been formed [though we did not realize that until much later] and we were highly bemused by the Cuban Missile comedy.
1961 old Rhodesia declared a UDI and got kicked out of the British Commonwealth.
1960 and 1961 NIBMAR and Rhodesia. Just do NIBMAR if you wish.
1961 Rhodesia told England to take a jump.
That will more or less do it but I am sure research will add a few points to the list.
For instance, white people in Africa [which never existed but we were called that] became Europeans [in Dutch it was Blankes and in American Indian folklore it was Pale Skins]. The American Indian word choice was much more accurate. If you see a white person [meaning like white in chalk], you are looking at a ghost, OK. You must after all know and understand the difference between chalk and cheese if you want to study the History of the World.
Just a last word of caution is required. If you get all the above you may wish to laugh for a year and there were a few things of 1963 and 1964 that may affect your thinking. In total though, those were the years [1960 to 1964] that put into shape what we have now, though you may leave 1962 out of it. Nothing happened in 1962; give it a miss.
In Americus GA saka Americoon