I genuinely had not expected the situation in the US to be as it is at the moment. When Trump stood as a candidate I took it as a joke - I did not think for a second that he would get the nomination. And then he did and the whole thing has seemed like a complete farce since then. Yes, he's on course to lose but that doesn't mean that he necessarily will - we thought that Brexit would lose. He has effectively made racism, xenophobia, sexism and sexual assault acceptable .. certainly to those who still intend to vote for him. If he loses I am afraid that there will be violence and deaths.
I would be interested to look a hundred years into the future and see what the history books say about this period and the damage that it has done.
I heard a bird cry, sharp and free. My name is Jordan.
Sometimes it can be glimpsed in shadows and half-forgotten thoughts ... who knows what the druids actually believed, for instance. The only real data comes from Caesar's Gallic War ... which is scarcely more than a fictionalised account. Similarly, look at the Norman monastic chronicler's vivid account of Duke William's eastwards march to York - through thick forest and over the fearsome Yorkshire Alps - then look at the map of the polder-flat meadowland that it has been for aeons.
I could go on ... and often do ...
Retired priest in the Diocese of Baradurbury, Anglican Church of Mordor.