The Times Of Israel accepts blogs from anyone who has the time and inclination to write one. But there is a policy of only one blog in a 24-hour period. This makes it difficult to stay on top of our rapidly changing world. I see a really good subject for a blog only to have it overtaken by a new story a few minutes later.
It is clear that we are not going to change the TOI editorial policy, this is set in stone. But there is an alternative – the world must slow down.
We advocate the Take a Deep Breath system.
The next time a politician is about to make a statement on a subject they do not understand, and have no influence over, they should remember Frank Sinatra’s advice – Take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.
In these days of coronavirus, with a daily parade of experts and pseudo-experts explaining that they don’t know what the virus is going to do next, they should take a deep breath and admit that our guess is as good as theirs. The virus will let us know when it is ready to do so.
The current Olympics has no shortage of people needing deep breaths. Some, like the athletes themselves need to take many deep breaths as they prepare to permanently damage their bodies for the entertainment of the spectators sitting at home in their comfortable armchairs. The spectators will also need a couple of deep breaths before tackling the next can of beer and that bag of peanuts. And the sports commentators should take a deep breath before predicting the results of a race. If they would wait just a few minutes we would all know the result.
The weather forecast is a prime example of the need for a few minutes deep breathing. Sky News hardly gives its presenters time to breathe between the weather forecasts which appear every few minutes. We know that the weather is changeable, but surely not that quickly.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, you need a really deep breath before saying that, had the right idea – “A deep breath is a technique with which we minimize the number of instances where we say what we do not mean”.
(He should know. Mokokoma Mokhonoana is a philosopher, social critic, graphic designer, writer of thought-provoking aphorisms, essays, and books, a satirist, and an iconoclast.)
With that, I take a deep breath and press the Submit button.