I went on the net and among the “headlines” that were “trending now”
I saw the following:
Gaga unable to walk
I Love Jenni to return
Kate baby bump photos
Bieber rips Carney
I just shook my head and kind of laughed wondering who finds such things relevant-granted there’s real news stories, but I kind of view such things as the above as being newspaper like-you have the news, and then the comic strips.
Also Dear Abby, which is where all the stories about Kim, Kanye, and her impending ex belong-along with whose that mystery man Selena Gomez is out with, and what about the Bieb?
Personally I don’t care what any of these people do or are doing-none of it impacts my life. I don’t care who wore what at the Grammys or the Oscars, who won or who lost.
I don’t like the opulence and facade when so many in this country, so many of our own, struggle just to put food on the table.
People like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or Steve Jobs don’t impress me-because I always think how much is enough, how many billions does it require to be satisfied?
Is the “work” they do worth billions of time more than a healthcare provider who saves lives, is it more physically taxing than a ditch digger or a construction worker?
But of course to ask such questions can only mean you’re a socialist, a malcontent, or a communist, but never a person with social conscience.
How does anyone justify this kind of personal wealth when so much poverty exists? How much manipulation does it take to achieve it?
How many pouty looks and wind blown hair will it take to make people forget their own reality?
These things, these mass produced diversions strike me as being the new opiate of the masses, fairy tales to fantasize over while corporations, Wall Street, and the banking industry rake in obscene profits and a growing number work for slave wages or can’t find work.
But all this we are told is civilization, progress, as the air we breathe becomes unbreathable, the food we eat more contaminated, living space more cramped, noise levels off the decibel charts, and finally,predictably, society increasing violent.
I’d say the price associated with civilization is exorbitant, and ultimately it has cost the nations everything-a toll is being extracted from every living breathing thing on this planet, on the planet itself- and there isn’t going to be a rebate.
As a minority the nations are being swept along for the ride, as nothing that impacts this country will fail to impact us to greater degree.
That’s something we ought to be thinking about-that’s something that should compel us to develop sustainability in our communities. Not casinos that are subject to economic ups and downs , not a reliance on government handouts, but agriculture and infrastructure that will serve our physical and energy needs.