May 2017 is a 6 universal month, and so world leaders are acting responsibly - as they see it. The situation with North Korea is a prime example. Leader Kim feels that he has to develop nuclear capabilities - whether for power or war, I don't know. However, the UN has essentially told him that he may not. Therefore, he is also developing rocket and missile capabilities. He feels that he is protecting his country and responsibly preparing it for a potential war with the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the rest of the world leaders feel that they need to protect the world from the potential of a nuclear war with North Korea. This difference in senses of responsibility is likely to lead to war - September of this year at the earliest, but more likely in 2021.
Meanwhile, we have seen President Trump take steps in fulfilling his international responsibilities and visit several nations in the Middle East. The G7 nations had their annual meeting this month and decided which responsibilities their countries consider most important at the moment. Representatives from member nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade group also met, deciding to not only renew trade deals between member nations, but also to make it easier for new nations to join (or old nations that dropped out, like the U.S.).
As you can see, responsibility to individual nations and the world as a whole has taken center stage this month. You are likely to see one more headline dealing with responsibility during the last few days of the month. Sri Lanka recently had flooding and landslides. One hundred and three people are dead, last I heard. We may well hear that other nations send aid and workers to help Sri Lanka dig out, clean up, and recover.
Well, if you read my 'Sorry for Being Slow' blog a couple of months ago, you already know that this month is going to be another slow one for me. It might be a 6 universal month this May, but it is a 4 personal month for me, which means I am operating under a lot of limitations. At the moment, those limitations include a very busy time at my other job and a cold. The very busy time means I can't take time off to rest up and deal with this cold the way I normally would. Therefore, I don't have much energy left to blog - or do much else outside of work.
I may succeed at getting off another blog or two this month, but I cannot guarantee it. However, I have been able to notice the little changes of spring on the way to and from my place of work. The leaves still aren't completely unfurled around here, and there is a tree with a shelf fungus growing out of it, and another one that has a new tree trying to grow in the middle of it. The blossoms were (and some still are) gorgeous and many this year. Take some time yourselves to notice the little things in nature around you.
The month of April 2017 was a 5 universal month. The number 5 is all about change, freedom, and moving quickly. If you thought events were moving beyond your control last month, they probably were.
Many people noticed that President Trump tended to reverse what he had said and/or promised. While this has become a bit of a habit for him, it happened much more often during April. Much of this appears to be because he is discovering that running a country is far more convoluted than running a business. He has had to make changes on the fly.
North Korea tried to prove its freedom by running several missile tests. Of course, this was not a particularly constructive use of freedom, and its neighbors - and the United States - reacted by telling North Korea to cease and desist. While nobody really wants war, several countries are gearing up for war, just in case North Korea decides to hit something with one of its missiles.
One of the results of increased freedom and change is a tendency to get in trouble. Those involved in health care, education, and law enforcement all noticed a sharp increase in interpersonal problems. People tend not to be as careful as usual, resulting in more injuries. People with mental issues tended to need psychiatric attention. (In fact, I have a friend who is an EMT, and bringing people in to hospitals for psychiatric attention was an unusually large part of his job last month.) My primary job is in an elementary school, where we saw a sharp increase in detentions. The Crime Watch section of our local newspaper has been full of stories of people who get pulled over for very minor traffic infractions, and then get arrested due to outstanding warrants or having drugs or open alcohol containers in the car. They have also been able to catch several burglars red-handed.
What sort of big changes or uses and abuses of freedom did you notice in the news last month?