Reason #1: Work, family, and the holidays seem more important.
Reason #2: (The latest variation on a theme) -- Calling humanity a threat to the planet, Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai urged democratic reform and an end to corporate greed after becoming the first African woman to collect the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. And if that's not enough, there's always her crackpot theories about AIDS that will receive even more positive attention now that she's a certified, bona fide, on the other side Nobel Peace Prize winner. Who knew that the Nobel Peace Prize could be further degraded than by previously awarding it Yasser Arafat and Jimmy Carter?
The fact that someone so ignorant of the basic tenets of reality and so chock full of nonsense is taken seriously and feted by the intelligentsia, Big Media, and politicians of all stripes is prfoundly distressing. When Maathai is ridiculed publicly by more than just a couple of bloggers for being an idiot, Cliff Notes Marxist, more deserving of being tarred and feathered for suggesting that "humanity" is a threat to the planet than being given a check for $1,400,000 to spread her particular brand of anti-human lunacy, then maybe I'll begin to believe once more that there is hope for mankind.
I'll be generous and give us a 50-50 chance right now. A good first step would be disestablishing the Nobel Peace Prize and awarding a Nobel Freedom Prize instead. I've always believed freedom is more important than peace and if you honestly seek out the root causes of so many of our most serious geopolitical problems today, valuing peace over freedom seems to be at the heart of them -- starting with Iraq.
See, I could rant like this every day about something, but what's the point?