What is Necessary?

There are several choices for tonight’s post. I can, for instance, write about The Lockdown Anniversary, politics, or counting our blessings.

I watched the news tonight and looked at the scenes in the refugee camp at Cox’s Bazaar. I’m not a man of great sensitivity, but even I was moved by the idea of refugees having even more troubles heaped on them.

Yes, it’s tricky not knowing if you can book yourself a foreign holiday this year, but I’m not sure it ranks that high on the list of bad things that have happened over the last year. Considering that much of the early infection was brought into the country by people coming back from foreign holidays, maybe we should all start to rethink our views on holidays abroad. The last holiday that I had abroad was in 1974 when I went for a daytrip to Calais by hovercraft. I still haveย  a lot of the UK to see and don’t feel at all deprived by not going abroad. Yes, a bit of sun would be nice, as would the chance to see ancient monuments and exotic birds, but I don’t feel deprived because I’ve spent my holidays in the UK.

As we come to the end of our first year of lockdown maybe it’s time to look around and decide what is really necessary. Food, clean water and shelter are necessary, A foreign holiday is not.

Sorry it’s a short post again, I’m just not quite on top form at the moment.


25 thoughts on “What is Necessary?

  1. Helen

    I think succinct is good. And what more can be said about foreign holidays?

    Iโ€™m flabbergasted that going abroad seems the thing that so many people want to do post pandemic – after going to the pub. If it was for something special, it would be more comprehensible but my neighbours, for example, have booked to go to Benidorm (where they always go) next year.

    Still, they think Iโ€™m weird for growing tomatoes, so who knows.

  2. tootlepedal

    I am not averse to a foreign holiday as long as i can get there by train these days but I sympathise with your views. On the down side, if all the people whose idea of a good time is to go abroad and get pissed decide to stay in the UK and get pissed here, we might find holidays here are not as much fun as they used to be. Some of the devastation caused by so called wild camping last year was not a pretty sight.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      After reading about your holiday to Marseilles I felt myself thinking of travelling abroad by train. I resisted the temptation because I can’t be bothered to get a passport.

      I’m not totally opposed to people going abroad (particularly after your reminder about the wild camping) but I do think we should tone it down a bit – it’s not a necessity, and it’s not, as some people seem to think, a basic human right. It’s a luxury, and in the middle of a pandemic it’s a danger to the health of the nation.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        No, I’m merely thinking about breakfast. I like breakfast. I could happily eat gruel for every meal apart from breakfast. In fact I probably should do as it will be low calorie, cheap and easy. It’s not logic, just greed…

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