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This came to mind recently because I started wondering why, when we step out of those movie theaters, our American world doesn’t scare us more. Why doesn’t it make more of us want to jump out of our skins? These days, our screen lives seem an apocalyptic tinge to them, with all those zombie war movies and the like. I'm curious, though: Does what should be deeply disturbing, even apocalyptically terrifying, in the present moment strike many of us as the equivalent of so many movie-made terrors -- shivers and fears produced in a world so far beyond us that we can do nothing about them?
"However nameless it may be, tell me the truth: Doesn’t the direction we're heading in leave you with the urge to jump out of your skin?"
I’m not talking, of course, about the things that reach directly for your throat and, in their immediacy, scare the hell out of you -- not the sharks who took millions of homes in the foreclosure crisis or the aliens who ate so many jobs in recent years or even the snakes who snatched food stamps from needy Americans. It’s the overarching dystopian picture I’m wondering about. The question is: Are most Americans still in that movie house just waiting for the lights to come back on?
I mean, we’re living in a country that my parents would barely recognize. It has a frozen, riven, shutdown-driven Congress, professionally gerrymandered into incumbency, endlessly lobbied, and seemingly incapable of actually governing. It has a leader whose presidency appears to be imploding before our eyes and whose single accomplishment (according to most pundits), like the website that goes with it, has been unraveling as we watch. Its 1% elections, with their multi-billion dollar campaign seasons and staggering infusions of money from the upper reaches of wealth and corporate life, are less and less anybody’s definition of “democratic.”
However nameless it may be, tell me the truth: Doesn’t the direction we're heading in leave you with the urge to jump out of your skin?
They're working us from both ends - Peak oil or Climate Change, Foreign terrorism or homegrown terrorism, any subject that an ounce of fear can be wrung from, somebody is making it ready for public consumption.
"...Are most Americans still in that movie house just waiting for the lights to come back on? ..."
"...Don't think, it gets in the way of being afraid. ..."
I live in an upper middle-class area. Around here some people talk about some things, but most are still fairly unenlightened. Then you go to the lower class areas, and can tell these people work too much to deal with the big-picture. They're forced into thinking day to day, paycheck to paycheck.
I don't think the US is in as bad a shape as many make it out to be. We're still the dominant power in this world, have the highest GDP, and the highest purchasing power. Some of the areas of the world are rising up while we're stagnating. So what? I think we're doing a pretty good job of keeping things together considering the evolving trends that the world is facing.
I'm personally not in denial, but no longer freaked out. As far as I'm concerned, we're all living on borrowed time. We're far into overshoot. There's no sanity left to be had in civilization. Might as well just enjoy the ride.edit on 25-11-2013 by webedoomed because: (no reason given)
Scared to Death in the USA