What J.R.R. Tolkien can teach us about life after Trump

first_imgThe sooner we begin, the sooner we may say along with Sam’s old Gaffer, “All’s well that ends better!”   McConnell may be right—indeed, he may continue to do damage even as we work to correct it—but we must undertake it just the same. And Tolkien provides us with insight into the way that work must be accomplished: with determination, but also with compassion. Frodo, as leader of the free hobbits, forbids violence against his fellow hobbits “even if they have gone over to the other side. Really gone over, I mean, not just obeying … because they are frightened.” He cautions that “it is useless to meet revenge with revenge: It will heal nothing.” Compare this to Joe Biden: “We must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”  Like Trump’s MAGA minions, Saruman’s thugs—hobbit, half orc, and human alike—demand respect but deserve none. What they do deserve, Frodo knows, is the chance to change—with consequences if they choose not to. “Do not kill him even now,” he instructs Sam after the disgraced Wizard has just attempted to stab him with a dagger.  “He was great once, of a noble kind … He is fallen and his cure is beyond us, but I would still spare him, in the hope that he may find it.” But Saruman’s pride, like Trump’s, prevents conversion. “All my hopes are ruined,” he tells Galadriel in an earlier chapter, “but I would not share yours.” And Frodo has no compunctions about driving him and his henchmen out of town—as we must have none about driving out the recalcitrant Trump and his goons if they refuse to go in peace.  When first apprised of Sauron’s fall and the success of the Quest, Sam wonders, “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” In “The Scouring of the Shire,” Tolkien has Sam provide his own answer: “I shan’t call it the end,” he says, “till we’ve cleared up the mess. And that’ll take a lot of time and work.” That work is now our work. To quote Joe Biden, “The work of making this vision real is the task of our time.”  – Advertisement – Nor have we rid ourselves of the scourge of Trumpism. On the contrary, Trumpists still occupy the top positions in government and have not acceded to the lawful transfer of power. High-level elected officials remain complicit. Trump loyalists have been installed in our judiciary and our career civil service. Armed militias threaten violence. And millions of our fellow citizens have thrown their lot in with the corrupt and immoral Trump regime.  Tolkien understood that the aftermath of evil is not sudden good, but rather a long, hard, unglamorous slog towards normalcy and decency. And he understood that even this menial work would face resistance from the spiteful vanquished. “I have already done much that you will find it hard to mend or undo,” smirks Sharkey/Saruman to Frodo upon realizing he is defeated. Compare this to Mitch McConnell upon the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”    – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

For the first time in history, Franjo Tuđman Airport has three million passengers

first_imgIn the operations of the Franjo Tuđman Airport, 2017 will be recorded in terms of record traffic results, and for the first time in history, Zagreb Airport recorded the three millionth passenger. Lucky passenger Stephan De Bleser from Belgium checked in for Croatia Airlines flight OU4456 Zagreb – Brussels.The check-in of the three millionth passenger for the flight was accompanied by a ceremony and a musical surprise performed by the Zagreb Philharmonic Trombone Quartet, in the check-in area, thus cheering many other passengers who found themselves at the airport. “We end a successful business year in the best possible way, by marking the three millionth passenger of the airport, for the first time in history. Congratulations to Mr. De Bleser, our three millionth passenger, and I thank all the passengers who used the services of Franjo Tudjman Airport this year, in which we opened a new passenger terminal and achieved excellent traffic results.”, Said Jacques Feron.The first three millionth passenger in the history of the Franjo Tudjman Airport is the Belgian Stephan De Bleser, who stated “I was pleasantly surprised by this kind of welcome, I felt like a movie star! This is my second time in Croatia, thank you very much for the gifts, I will use the voucher immediately in the duty free shop, and since I also received airline tickets, I will return to Croatia again. “Related news: CROATIA AIRLINES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY RECORDED TWO MILLION TRAVELERS IN ONE YEARlast_img read more