We cannot unite. That is foolishness.
We cannot unite because we have nothing to unite for. In 1776, we were united (mostly; there were some who even then wanted the UK to maintain
control) against a common enemy whose actions made life difficult, even unbearable for most. After that we were united because life was still hard. We
had to protect ourselves against diseases, wild animals, temperature and weather extremes, and the like. But as technology became more and more
powerful, we began to wrestle with each other over ideologies.
By the mid 1800s, we went to war with ourselves. Brother killed brother on the battlefield. An entire culture was almost wiped out, then was
The 1900s saw two world wars. Our very lives were threatened. We united against that common enemy. Then came the cold war, when propaganda
(nuclear-blast-proof desks, anyone?) was used to unite us against a more phantom enemy. When the Berlin Wall fell during Reagan's term, we could live
in peace once again.
But we cannot live in peace. It is not our species' way. We want to subjugate others, control others, dictate to others. We have something inside us
that refuses to accept others in any role that is not superior or inferior, and we hate to be inferior. It's inherent. Even the Bible tells us
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and
over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
That's a lot of dominion. It covers
everything on the earth except the one that is obvious from its omission: each other. We do not have dominion over each other, yet that dominion over
others is the one thing we seem to crave the most. It is the one thing forbidden to us.
When I was younger, I saw the United States as a Great Experiment... vastly different people, vastly different cultures, living in harmony together
under specific laws that set limits on our behavior towards others. "We believe that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of freedom." I believed that. I guess a part of me still does.
But another part has realized over the years that the law does not apply equally to all; people are cruel and sadistic; one must be on the alert at
all times. I have said many times that I consider a rattlesnake much more civilized than a human. A rattlesnake will try to avoid trouble and will
only kill for food or self-protection. Humans look for trouble and will gladly kill or even torture for pure pleasure.
I try to put myself above that fray... that barbarity... even though I often fail.
It is my opinion that this Great Experiment has failed. It stood solid and worked well only in a world of outside threats and where people were
required by nature to struggle to survive. When the threat from outside was removed and technology gave us a comfortable life, we were unable to
handle the responsibilities that freedom demands.
I have lived in interesting times, to be sure. I saw our progression from crude technology to the marvels we have at our fingertips today. I also have
witnessed both the greatness of a superpower nation and its fall into ruin. I marvel at how the human animal can take for granted such wonders, but I
cannot dispute that it has happened.
The future is now set on an unalterable course: the USA will fall. I know not what the final trigger will be, but it will come. It will start in the
cities, and will spread until it reaches every nook and cranny no matter how remote. The War of Northern Aggression, dismissively referred to by many
as the Civil War, never ended; it was simply placed on hold. The enemy was never vanquished, only subjugated, and a subjugated people will always
arise again. It will not be the North versus the South this time, but rather what it truly was in the first place: city versus country. The city may
hold the numbers, but the country holds the land... time will tell who wins, but this I can say right now: both sides will lose.
Me? I'll be sitting this one out. I am old now and, despite my determination to deny it, am broken. I will be right here, sitting in my mountain with
my weapons ready, defending my home and only my home. Perhaps I will move on before my prediction materializes; that would be a blessing. Perhaps I
will not. But right now my purpose is to try and prolong this inevitable outcome of our Great Experiment to achieve that blessing. I do not wish to
see the eradication of complete cultures and peoples, which is what this must surely end in.
That is my selfish motive. That is my humanity.
Perhaps in another time we will learn respect for others. Perhaps we will learn to live together in true peace and tranquility. Perhaps, but this
experiment has failed. The ship is sinking; the lifeboats are gone; the band plays on.