Now, at first glance, this may seem like an odd thread, but bear with me here for a few moments; there IS a point.
You see, I've been reading threads here ATS for a couple hours now, over recent days and over years even, and something just struck me. In my mind it
seems like one thought, but it is built upon a foundation of several distinctly different concepts. Consequently, I can't really figure out if it's a
"rant", if it's a "Mud Pit", if it's a "New World Order", a "US Political Madness", a "Dreams and Prediction" or 'none of the above'. Perhaps you can
lend me an ear (or eyes, as it were) for a moment and help me decide.
I thought about titling the thread "I'm Blind", but then I was conflicted with another potential title, "Magic 8 Ball". In any case, the foundational
thoughts are basically these (not in any particular order, as they are all different, but related):
1. We all remember as kids when our parents said things like... "When I was your age we had to WALK to school, in a snowstorm, and it was 5 miles
each way and uphill both directions!"
...OR...You kids now days have it EASY; when I was your age we had to (insert drastically more difficult
". We remember muttering "Yeah, whatever" under our breath in response.
2. As kids we can all likely remember looking around at our world and thinking to ourselves we would never become like the older people we saw around
us. We'd always be 'cool', and we'd always listen to rock & roll and we'd always stomp in puddles. It would always be that way.
3. As we grew older we found ourselves doing more and more of the things we said we'd never do. We became responsible, had families and effectively
became the very things we said would never happen (though I still listen to rock & roll). So, as we look back, nothing really changed. In other
words, even though our lives seemed so vastly different from older generations, they weren't really.
4. Today, as we look back to the past we see all these things, but knowing how different we 'thought' we were then, and coupling this with the
concept..."the more things change, the more they stay the same
", one would think we could reasonably extrapolate what the future will hold for
subsequent generations, right? Sure, things would change, but the fundamental underpinnings which grounded us would remain relatively intact. The sky
would always be blue, the sun would rise and the countries / cultures we lived in would be the same for the most part.
5. From my vantage point, I see a world now which is fundamentally different than the world we all lived in as kids, fundamentally different than the
world our parents lived in even. And, for the first time in my life I can't really say for sure what tomorrow will bring. Oddly, I'm blind to the
future. I think we all are. Things are changing on a paradigm level, and they're changing rapidly. Whole cultures are shifting, ways of life are
rapidly disappearing, entire populations are shifting, both on an ideological level as well as on a physical level.
(Note - Now you may see why I considered titling this thread "I'm Blind" ...(likely a scary glimpse inside how FCD's mind works!)
6. Things like "Political Correctness" and uniformity have torn our World society into pieces. "Different" is no longer politically correct;
everything must be homogeneous or it's not okay. Even things like 'History' are being altered to suit this paradigm change. Case in point, one of
many;... Today is October 28th of the year 2018, right? Or is it? 2018 stands for 2,018 years after the birth of Christ. However, the terms "B.C."
and "A.D" are no longer politically correct, now we are teaching children to use terms like "CE" and "BCE". How long will it be before it's
politically incorrect to even track time relative to the birth and death of Jesus Christ? Tomorrow the date could be October 29th, 4041 or 24857.
Maybe we'll reinvent the calendar to track volcanic eruptions since Plato, or Solar Flares since the dinosaurs. After all, three hundred and sixty
four and one quarter days really is a pretty awkward measure for a "year" don't you think? (/sarcasm).
7. We look around us and we see things like censorship all around us. We see entire segments of society telling us that things which have been done
for centuries are no longer acceptable. We see opinions being stifled, voices being silenced and entire cultures being eclipsed. We see Apu being
eliminated from the Simpsons, we see a female Dr. Who, and we could go on, and on. Political correctness has such a strangle-hold on modern society
that people are afraid to say anything other than some bland, monotone, 'yes/no' response.
8. If I pick up a 64-Pack of Crayola crayons and I dump them all into a big pot and put it over a flame, all the pretty colored crayons in the pan
will melt eventually. And if I take a big spoon and mix all those colored crayons together do you know what I get? I get a great big glob of boring
brown goo, it has nothing remarkable about it in any way. It doesn't make you happy, and it doesn't make you sad; it doesn't make you feel anything
at all. It just exists. It doesn't have any character, it's just a boring brown gob of goo. In fact, it's devoid of any emotion, character or form
at all. That's where we're headed as a World society right now...right into becoming a great big Worldwide gob of boring brown, politically correct,
goo. Devoid of laughter and odd angles, and weird people and fun. We'll all just 'exist'.
9. Tomorrow the news could come on and the brown newscasters, in their brown suits, and their brown hair could tell us half of the world just blew up,
and hundreds of thousands of boring brown people just vaporized. And the brown people, in their brown bathrobes, sitting on their brown couches in
their brown living rooms, watching their brown TV's won't act surprised. No, they won't have any emotion at all, they'll just sit there like brown
zombies...and their unremarkable lives will go on...and on.
10. When we get to that point (and believe me we're headed RIGHT THERE...on the express
train, folks!), we could pick up one of those old Magic
8 Balls and ask ourselves if we'll be around to see tomorrow. As we vigorously shake our now 'brown' 8-Ball and look for the answer in the little
window on the bottom, we could see "Reply Hazy, Try Again"
, or "Concentrate And Ask Again"
(Note - And now you may see why I was conflicted with the title of this thread, and alternately thinking I maybe should call it "Magic 8-Ball")
For the very first time in my life, I seriously question whether the future will be a better place for our future generations. I wonder what that
future will hold.
**shake, shake, shake**
Hmmmm...it says "Better Not Tell You Now"
Any ideas for an OP title, and a forum to put it in?
ETA- BTW, the question about where to put this was really more of a rhetorical one. A boring brown rhetorical one.
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