Stop the world. I want to get off.

By Ana R. Klenicki
For The Taos News
Posted 5/16/18

The other day I felt totally overwhelmed by bad news from all over the planet, and out of nowhere I remembered the line, "Stop the world, I want to get off"! I knew the line but could not remember …

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Stop the world. I want to get off.


The other day I felt totally overwhelmed by bad news from all over the planet, and out of nowhere I remembered the line, "Stop the world, I want to get off"! I knew the line but could not remember its origin, so after a little research, I found out that it is the title of a Broadway musical that was staged in the early '60s.

The show did not do well and folded after a few performances. Who would have thought that not only the line but the plot would be relevant today?

The play has a circus as a backdrop. (I won't make the obvious comment here about today's circus. I will note, however, that while circuses are out of favor and mostly out of business, the clowns are still quite relevant and are everywhere).

But, back to the play summary: The main character is a poor man who is always dissatisfied with his luck. Every time something bad happens, he screams, "Stop the world!"

But, the poor man becomes rich and becomes a politician. At this juncture I should add the disclaimer that all characters are fictitious, and any resemblance to real life is pure coincidence.

Given how things are right now on this poor planet, I also scream on a daily basis: "Stop the world." Except that unlike a Broadway play, I will not become rich.

Among the many things pummeling the world, I could make reference to one tragedy after the other that is affecting the lives of innocent victims with violence and death. I could write about the callousness of leaders everywhere who betray the trust and hope of their electorates. I could write about how corruption is a cancer for which there appears to be no cure.

But no, I will only mention one situation that has truly bothered me, and that is the selective way women go after issues. I will write about how disappointed I am at the sisters' behavior regarding Stormy Daniels, an adult pornography actress, producer, director and promoter, and Gina Haspel, the nominee for CIA director undergoing confirmation hearings.

The first one is a shameless self-promoter. Remember that she is part of an industry that is possibly the greatest abuser of women and children.

The second one is a woman who was for more than 30 years an undercover agent working for the CIA. The greatest charge against her is that she approved the use of torture after 9/11. Does anybody remember 9/11? Does anybody remember how the world changed? Does anybody remember the shock, the disbelief, the dead?

I will never condone the use of torture, but the human species is a deficient one. We would be more realistic if we aspired to lessen evil, but eliminate it? It's another ridiculous dream that takes a toll on our emotional energy.

Well, going back to the sisters, where art thou? Why don't I hear a concerted, unified voice?

Maybe the sisters are as guilty of partiality as the brothers? Maybe the sisters are swayed more by politics than honesty (please do notice that I do not equate honesty with politics).

Somehow a mystique exists that women are nicer, gentler, less prone to cause harm than men. Well, friends, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it just is not so.

So sisters, if you want to help the advancement of women, do not play politics. Support them regardless of theirs, or your, political identity. Support the best qualified by real education and experience, not how well she plays the political card and social media. Maybe then, you will have helped create a better world and true sisterhood.

The Spanish version of this story is here.


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