posted on Nov, 1 2015 @ 12:51 AM
Of course I don’t think things were ever actually like Mayberry. And if they were, it was because it was a narrow slice of a greater society that
was not at all like that.
In a larger picture, we are entering further into the ‘living with each other’ phase. And in many ways, we are pioneers in this regard. And should
be proud to be pioneers (well, if we can make it work). Are we (the United States) the only country with diversity? Of course not, but we are truly in
an uncharted time. It will never be like it once was (that never happens). Mayberrys existed in the past due partly to isolationism. Other races &
cultures (in general, not completely) were excluded through various means (financial, educational, segregation, outright subjugation, etc.). I’m not
even sure if it was entirely overt (although it definitely was as well). The melting pot that is this country has brought us closer together. And
it’s been a rough road at times. Different races, different ideas, different outlooks.
Don’t get me wrong, there has been plenty of mixing in recorded history. But there is a new superpower we are contending with. The media (from film,
to radio - which was also criticized for the breakdown in family communication and ushered in the era of corporate sponsorship of media, to tv, and
now to internet) has made us more and more aware of the presence of other cultures (to an insane degree), allowed us to co-mingle across the globe, or
to discover what was always in our back yard, and to take part in it… and as others have mentioned, has also breed some brutal narcissistic
tendencies that comes with having an audience (ugh, and a somewhat dumbed-down one at that).
But the media that is accessible by all has also made us aware that a lot of people are not happy with the system. It has given more and more of a
voice to those who weren’t allowed access. And many have not been happy with the system for a long time. There are many that feel that this country
has been designed for a certain group of people (and shaped accordingly), and decidedly worked against others. And some of those people are pissed,
and have a right to be. They see no interest in being polite to a ruling class that has never been polite to them, just to themselves. The good thing
about new generations is that they don’t feel the full weight of the past or the need to adhere to it (well, kind of good). They know we will not be
going back to a time of isolation, or even to a world that looked like mine (growing up in the 70s). There will be more people. More diversity. Tech
will bring them all closer together, for better or worse. It’s gonna be a crazy ride.
And to circle this back to the original post… as for those leading us, or who think they are up for the job, good luck. But one thing I know, the
broken system is not helping us ‘get along’. The corporatocracy has got us in a vice from top to bottom, and it is going to be a harsh unwinding,
all while trying to get along and work together to make that happen. Whoever leads is going to have to acknowledge this system and how broken it has
become, and as much as I have been an activist and am for ‘the fight’, I do respect a degree of old-world politeness. I don’t really think
it’s a partisan to be against the Kardashians and their ilk. Can we agree on that?
We’ve also got an entire segment of the population paying lip service to the corporate PTB and who really don’t want to admit that we are, at this
point, part of a diverse society, and that’s not making it any easier.
I know this was written in rather sophomoric terms. This is a very complex subject, just trying to keep to overarching points.