Six Things I Can’t Bear ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 233

I don’t expect anyone to enjoy this post. It’s interesting, though, how I feel guilty about not writing to ‘please’ ….. I had been going to write about the joy of hydrangeas at this time of year in Ireland.

Here’s what I can’t bear:

1. The way  people are let suffer pain and anguish that we wouldn’t ever think of letting our pet animals endure.

2. Discrimination, direct or indirect,  because of  skin colour, gender, age,  physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation …..

3. The ‘pompous brigade’ who are so busy that they can only talk to people who they perceive to be useful to them.

4. The inhumane treatment of people who are genuine victims of the economic recession.

5. Exploitation of workers

6. Litter louts ~ like the guy in a snazzy car yesterday who whizzed passed me on the lovely Cliff Road here in Tramore and fired an empty milk carton out the window.


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

8 thoughts on “Six Things I Can’t Bear ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 233”

  1. Jean, I think you know I’m on board with you on the first six. But I can bear hydrangeas, in fact, I like them. Now, crabgrass or poison ivy can be a nuisance, but let’s not be too harsh in our judgement of pretty flowers. I believe, and I think I’m not being too rash in drawing this conclusion, that unless you have a particular allergy, in time you might learn to grow quite fond of hydrangeas.

    1. Van, I think you must have misunderstood me on the hydrangeas. I absolutely adore them and particularly like the one that is hanging over my garden gate right now. It’s like a flowing skirt, I always think!

  2. T his is well written Jean – and necessary. The hydrangeas are a wonderful contrast to the human condition and for me they are a reminder to keep beauty close to heart.

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