Monday, August 29, 2016
Hey, baby, there ain't no easy way out
It's been a rough August.
I saw something on the interwebs that very nearly crushed my soul completely.
I was preparing to stick a blog post on the facebook. For some reason that seemed like a good idea, putting old post up on fb. Reach a few more people, steer folks to the blog, increase traffic.
I scrolled down the "news feed" to see what all the batshit crazy fb posters were up to and a video began to play.
Just another execution video. Buncha goat fucking aloha snackbars with ak's, a long, long line of victims on their knees facing east with a brand new sunrise illuminating the last moments of their lives.
They were kids.
Not babies, but kids. Probably 10-15. Not 10-15 kids, 10-15 years old. There were more than 200 of them.
I couldn't believe the comments. Many were filled with foaming-at-the-mouth hatred. Unsurprising. A hell of a lot of them had twisted this evil deed into campaign invective. Trump and Hillary.
There was a time when most Americans had done at least a bit of serious thinking about the proposition that all men are created equal. That time is long past.
I'm just one guy out on the ass-end of nowhere, and I don't know everybody, but I believe that the people I do know and interact with on a daily basis are pretty representative of good ol', hard working (ahem), middle class America. Most of them do not believe, and have not seriously thought about, that proposition. They know the words, and know that they are "supposed" to agree. But nearly to a man and woman, they each have a long list of yabbuts.
When I say that most do not believe, I don't mean 51 percent. I mean almost all of them. I mean 99 percent. There's your real 99 percent, America. Straight from Lord of the Flies. Feral children who honestly believe they can pick and choose those who are human beings and those who are only objects to be used and discarded.
Your friends and neighbors, for the most part, wear only the thinnest skin of civilization, and they wear that only because they fear the immediate consequences of going full animal; fear being shamed and landing up in a jail cell with bubba the friendly butt plumber.
When I get the chance to talk in some depth to people there's almost always a moment, after we've put the yabbuts aside for the moment and gotten down to basics, where I detect a dim light in the eyes and hear, "I never thought about it that way."
Good god, that's frightening.
It's also the only hope we really have for civilization to continue. People have the ability to be honest and the ability to reason. Honest, reasoning people cannot deny that all humans are human.
And that's all we got.