a reply to: PansophicalSynthesis
I must respectfully disagree with both the premise and theme of your post. However, your opinion is certainly as valid as mine or anyone else's for
that matter. That said, please allow me to disagree and rather vehemently if I may. Perhaps the greatest covert enemy of America today is the
pervasive superiority complex evinced within most every square mile of her borders by every segment of her population.
The rich tout their superiority of every lower economic class; they feel it is their burden to financially provide for every other
American--economically speaking--which of course keeps their hefty bottom lines in constant flux. The middle class, well, we loathe the working poor
and the impoverished; we spew daily across the internet comments advertising our superiority of those "less fortunate" whose very survival we claim
to pay for with our federal and state taxes; from the "crust" of our income breadcrumbs for the downtrodden. The poor? Well, they feel superiority
over us, the rich and anyone who has ever supposedly exploited an opportunity unavailable to them.
Now, I do not claim to know the minds of all other Americans--not the minds of the rich, the middle class, the poor or the residents of any city,
those of Ferguson, MO included. The above paragraph in my opinion, however, describes the stereotypical "party line" or popular belief that is
rampant in our America of today, injected deep into our minds and reinforced on a daily basis. These feelings of superiority--and I assure you, I
catch myself harboring them as well--only serve to divide us; divide the people of our neighborhoods, our communities, our cities, counties and
Stir into that cauldron of superiority based on economic class racial, political, religious, cultural and fear induced hatred and what simmers up to
the roiling surface is disillusionment, distrust, apathy, and frothing at the mouth bigotry among a people united by citizenship and joined for the
so-called common good of their fellow people. Intolerance for those outside of the groups we perceive ourselves to be a part of has truly accumulated
into a volcano of hatred and condescending ignorance.
No teenaged boy or girl sits in class dreaming of one day going on food stamps or welfare. Opportunities abound in America, certainly, and yet so long
as our system cycles there will never exist truly enough equal opportunity for all. The result of that is, some will have less and others have more.
That's cold steel reality. When varying segments of the population perceive they have not had a similar fair shot at success or any real shot at all,
psychological self loathing will occur along with envy, hatred of authority and higher crime rates among certain demographics.
Many of the comments I've witnessed scrolling in chat alongside the Ferguson live feeds ... almost make me feel ashamed to be a citizen of this
country. Racism. Superiority Complex. Calls for violence against our fellow citizens. Apathy, complete lack of compassion for our fellow citizens. Is
it any wonder at all the government so easily intrudes further and further into our lives? Doesn't surprise me, I will tell you. Not when we the
people, our superiority complex, racism, condescension, and loathing for our fellow Americans essentially has turned into one of the greatest weapons
in its arsenal.