Some of you may have noticed that I have stopped posting material routinely on by blog. It’s not been for lack of passion for writing about those things that capture my interests. It’s not for the energy it often requires to research a subject necessary to give it some sense of factual reality. (well maybe just a bit) It’s not because I am too busy either with other things, though I could stand to devote more time to being a better husband, father and neighbor.
It all boils down to the depressing sense I get as I continue to write about the serious flaws in our political and social systems and the people who perpetuate these deficiencies out of some pathological mendacity.
It’s becoming apparent that we’ve been betrayed by the noble institutions of government, especially the courts and the fourth estate of Journalism. They’ve been wooed and won over for the most part by the monetary influences of the self-interests that fail to recognize the social dynamics of humanity and how its evolution still relies on a collective conscience to sustain existence rather than the needs of the individual at all costs.
Notions such as “greed is good”, “corporations are human beings” and “guns are an inalienable right of every person” are part of a destructive mantra that has begun to infect that part of our brain that would rationally reject such imbecility. We find ourselves more and more surrounded by people who share a common space with us but who might as well live on another planet when it comes to taking action required to fight those forces that destroy our community with toxic waste, housing foreclosures, gun ownership fanaticism along with harder to attain education and necessary medical care.
It seems the more that I and others write about these concerns the more outrageous and frequent the moronic behavior grows. So I figure, why waste my time trying to convince anyone that caring as much about others as we do ourselves has value?
It’s not that I object to a different point of view about the path we as a society need to take to make it a better world. It’s the fact that too many people don’t see the merit of making it a better world for anyone outside their own close circle.
As a social progressive I am not opposed to utilizing free market principles to improve life for all. I am opposed to the notion that such principles can by themselves create a rising tide that lifts all boats. In my view there is a need to balance the greed of humans that runs amok when left unrestrained. That’s what government is for and when we elect people who work honestly for a broad constituency we create those checks and balances that prevent harmful excesses.
I also believe a person’s religious faith can serve a moral good not only for those who are searching for meaning to their life but whose example when played out will influence others who are also lost in a wasteland of consumerism.
There also exists conditions where ownership of a firearm may prevent another from harming them or a member of their family. Women, their children and the elderly are often the victims of violence and having an “equalizer” where a stronger or larger force threaten them is preferred until we can as a society find and eradicate these threats to more vulnerable elements among us.
What I find exasperating though is the abuse of religion, wealth and gun ownership by some as solid answers to overcome threats and fears that are more often than not manifested from our isolation of others. The conviction that individualism has greater value than the collective self becomes damaging as it slowly destroys concepts of moderation and rationality to fulfill an inner need oblivious of its consequences on the people around us.
Hence my need to avoid shining a light on these discrepancies in any serious, erudite context, which has been the norm for me these few years I have been blogging. I think there are sufficient numbers of those out there who do a far better job of this than I do. I hope they continue to publish and expose the bullshit extremism that attempts and in too many cases has, substituted the reality of an America that was once the envy of the world but has of late become a pathetic remnant of what it once was and promised.
Because this extremism has become a laughable farce it seems more appropriate to write about it in such a vain that makes people actually laugh at them rather than take them serious. Being too serious is a dangerous thing and when people forget how to laugh at what is absurd then it opens the door for them to be easily swept away by the sociopathic charismatics who have always been there in the darker recesses of humanity. It’s not until economic and social hardships occur however that allows their voices to rise above the confusion that ensues under such travails.
We slowly lose our collective sense of society and become satisfied with merely being individuals within the crowd. Our true identities, I believe, lies within the social context we have evolved from. The division of labor and wealth in balance with the needs of all members makes us strong. Erode that balance and over time society collapses. Separate yourself from your social environs and the need to be loved is weakened, slowly sucking the life force out of you.
The notion of being the world’s melting pot, a nation of immigrants that ultimately gave us presence in the world of governments where elites ruled is in dire jeopardy of getting replaced by fantastical notions of self. A self that lives in the world excluding those who don’t look like us, pray like us or raise their children like us. Without being fully aware we begin to fall back into conditions where oligarchs and plutocrats have their way with people less inclined to avarice claiming the resources this planet affords us all equally for themselves in the name of some inherent right conferred upon them by some unseen force of nature.
So with what apparently is a serious message I will end it with the promise that taking fools seriously will no longer be my writing style. Instead I will mock them and satirize their ludicrous seriousness. I want to expose the buffoons that claim such things as more guns make us safe, man-made climate change is a hoax, the human ovum has constitutional rights too, contraception is a permit to have sex, raising the minimum wage will destroy our economy, corporations are people, money is speech, freedom of religion is for Christians only and that American exceptionalism is a divine inheritance.
Until then I may be busy working on my skills to be a better husband, father and neighbor, provided I can get past the handicap of being serious too much. Events and perceptions of reality in our life can be depressing but we control whether it depresses us or not.