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"We Americans require symbols which are richly colored and three-dimensional and juicy. Most of all, we hunger for symbols which have not been poisoned by great sins our nation has committed, such as slavery and genocide and criminal neglect, or by tinhorn commercial greed and cunning"
As I approached my fiftieth birthday, I had become more and more enraged and mystified by the idiot decisions made by my countrymen. And then I had come suddenly to pity them, for I understood how innocent and natural it was for them to behave so abominably, and with such abominable results: They were doing their best to live like people invented in story books. This was the reason Americans shot each other so often: It was convenient literary device for ending short stories and books.
Why were so many Americans treated by their government as though their lives were as disposable as paper facial tissues? Because that was the way authors customarily treated bit-part players in their made-up tales.
And so on.
Once I understood what was making America such a dangerous, unhappy nation of people who had nothing to do with real life. I resolved to shun storytelling. I would write about life. Every person would be exactly as important as any other. All facts would also be given equal weightiness. Nothing would be left out. Let others bring order to chaos. I would bring chaos to order, instead, which I think I have done.
If all writers would do that, then perhaps citizens not in the literary trades will understand that there is no order in the world around us, that we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.
It is hard to adapt to chaos, but it can be done. I am living proof of that: It can be done.
The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them.
"There was one quadrillion nations in the Universe, but the nation Dwayne Hoover and Kilgore Trout belonged to was the only one with a national anthem which was gibberish sprinkled with question marks."
Don’t really give a shit about ‘Duck Dynasty,’ or the bigot that got fired, but I am amused about something: ‘free speech.’ Where was the uproar when Paula Deen said something naughty, and it affected her entire career? Where was the outrage on Facebook when Alec Baldwin made a nasty comment, that got his show nobody watches, canceled?
As a writer myself, I am a big follower of ‘free speech,’ and I think a suspension was a little overkill, but celebrity or not - there are some things you just don’t say, regardless if you wave the first amendment or not. While this might be the era of ‘political correctness,’ this is also the era of bullying/school shootings/and suicides. I especially get amused with the ‘I can say this because of my faith’ nonsense. Ugh!
“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.” - Bob Marley
"It’s absolutely ludicrous that we still can’t get past using vicious acts. It has been proven several times throughout history that it might pacify the situation for a very brief moment, but it is through oppression, and sooner or later people rebel against that. So it’s not just the initial people that get killed on the front lines in wars, but it is society as a whole that is also suffering. It’s a very tumultuous and precarious world right now."
"I looked around the store and what I saw was not encouraging. There were rows and rows of violent toys, almost as if I had wandered into a store designed for the children of the old Dexter. There were swords, knives, light sabers, machine guns, bombs, pistols and rifles that shot plastic bullets and paintballs and Nerfs. rockets that blew up your friends or your friends’ whole city - aisle after aisle of training devices for recreational slaughter. No wonder our world was such a mean and violent place - and no wonder there were people like I had been. If we teach our children that killing is fun, can we really be surprised if now and then someone is smart enough to learn?"
I remember watching the news a few years back when all the corruption really started coming out to the public, a person that worked at one of the pricey Private Gentleman Lounges Kwame Kilpatrick used to ‘chill’ at, came forward and mentioned on the news how arrogant Kwame was. On one occasion, Kwame allegedly said ‘don’t worry about the tab, the city of Detroit will cover it,’ or something to that affect. To this day, Kwame has no conscious or empathy to what he caused Detroit. In his mind, everyone else is wrong.
With this, the sex scandal, not to mention the Green murder that will never be ‘solved,’ - the sentencing should be higher, but at least his arrogant lookin’ smile will be set aside for a good, long, while. Curious if he is going to write a follow-up to his BULLSHIT memoir.
I’ve heard many times how MY generation is lazy! I’ve heard how much a college degree matters in this world. I’ve heard how lucky we have it, how previous generations had to do it themselves, how pampered we are, how ungrateful we are, and blah-blah-blah.
Mind you, with all the shoving down the throat from previous generation, these are the same types of people of THAT generation that will bitch at me because every time they come to my employer, (you know, ‘Dime-a-Dozen’), we don’t have what they want, and it’s the end of the world when they have to wait in line for five minutes, and it’s not their job to show kindness to a worker below them, and blah-blah-blah!
I don’t blame previous generation for how things are. I don’t blame W. Bush (entirely). I don’t blame Obama (completely). I don’t blame anyone, really. It’s the world - not just America. Truth be told, it has been an assortment of various reasons why things are the way they are.
WE are trying…how about giving us a little bit of support/kindness/encouragement/and empathy, instead of knock-down’s/criticisms/scrutinizing/and ranting of how lazy we are.