reply to post by kosmicjack
Thanks for the fine forensic analysis, Kosmic, but I don't have cognitive dissonance. Oklahoma is not a riot kind of place. LA, maybe. Seattle,
sometimes. Scattered big city ghettos, always; just in varying degrees. I've seen signs of the times for a long time and they just keep getting
amplified over the years. It's just a little slow getting to my neck of the woods. We've always been about 20 years behind the times compared to
the rest of the country for which I am grateful.
What I do see here are more and more non "fringe" folk struggling to make ends meet and not winning in their struggle. I don't know what has
happened to these people who were living down the street and got foreclosed on or the co-workers that made slightly less than I do and couldn't
afford the day care to keep coming to work. I live quite uncomfortably close to the edge myself, friend, and all it would take is for my car with
149K miles on it and another year and a half of payments due to crap out on me. Or I get sick for just a couple of weeks and miss work. I don't go
anywhere or do anything. I'm not horrifically in debt with credit cards. I live in a mobile home (nice one but still...).
I don't plan on rioting. I realize that the rules of the game are not set up for people like me to win, place, or show but there's no clearly
defined enemy to attack. The problem is it's a SYSTEM of errors and, frankly, I don't know how to take on a system. Blowing up buildings for their
symbolism is really pretty futile as far as attacks go. Our government got a lot of miles out of it but I don't have their advertising dollars.
I understand people's frustration and anger. I've lived with it for a long time, doing what I can to buck the system, challenge the system, subvert
the system, work within the system, etc. I understand the DESIRE to riot but I don't think rioting will work. I think education, word of mouth,
personal self-discipline, tolerance is the key to change. I also understand that change of any sort is usually only accomplished after much
I'm not a coward. I am realistically practical. If I thought that throwing my life away was necessary to effect a positive change beneficial to
all, I hope that I would not hesitate to do the right thing.