So, since Dean’s been sick, other writers have been apparently busy, and I’ve had tests and other personal things going on, I figure I might as well just ramble away at what’s been going through my head. It might not be perfect, but it’s something right?
First up, how about them Russians? Apparently they’ve upset someone so much that the transgressed would drop a meteor on them…I’m no astronomer, but as a life-long follower of sci-fi, this is kind’ve a big deal, with an asteroid passing close enough to look through your sweetheart’s bedroom window…at least, I think so. I mean, are we witnessing a reenactment of Armageddon? Should we get Bruce Willis on the line and tell him to get his team together? Or maybe Deep Impact would be a better fit, with a black president and all (though Obama is no Morgan Freeman). A friend of mine brought up an interesting point, since he works in customer service: Anything and everything is his fault. I’m sure he meant involving purchases and product difficulties, but I had to give him a good ribbing and blame the meteor strike on him. If you guys have any friends who feel that way, and have a good sense of humor, be sure to throw the blame around a little bit. If they give you a confused look, tell them you’re thinking of jumping on the liberal bandwagon and had to try it out.
Next up, The Walking Dead. After reading a post by one of the guys here (whose name escapes me, I sincerely apologize for that), I had to get back into the series and third time really was the charm. I’m pretty much addicted to it, but I’m seeing a lot of things that worry me, yet I think they’re unintentional. Not so much political, but a realization of what we have, and what we take for granted…but then, too, the price we pay for that. For those of you familiar with the show, basically what the survivors go through, as a small group, is similar to Communism as Karl Marx envisioned it. In that light, in it’s theoretical, “pure” state, it really is a utopia ideal; everyone working to contribute to the greater good of the group, those with skills are the most valued, no dead weight…in a way that is what society should really strive towards. You can put the pitchforks and torches away though, because there is a huge condition to that statement: Everything looks good on paper. Communism is nothing but a dream. The way it is pitched is far different than the way that it works. In small groups, villages and social numbers less than (I would say) 20, communism is the way to go, because there are enough needs to really contribute, and everyone else’s survival depends on the rest of the group. When you get larger than that, you find some people just want the benefits. They don’t want to contribute. They become selfish.
Even with a small group, 14 people total on the episode I’m watching as I type (S02 E07), there are still problems, because there are not enough resources to go around. Companionship, food, water, medicine…someone gets hurt, and they become a drain on those limited resources. It promotes jealousy and envy, which will rot away a solid social structure from the inside out. Class warfare, which we all know out POS…er, POTUS…has engaged in vigorously and successfully, to the point of turning each class against itself. All through promoting a dream, an ideal that could never be. I’m still trying to devise an effective method of dealing with that and combating it, but coming up at a loss. Granted, there are many ways of coming at this problem, but none of them are really effective overall.
Last thing really on my mind is the nature of people. Going through a breakup kind’ve opened my mind to a thought that I previously buried…why is it that people turn to those that they know are corrupt? I have so many girl friends that know their boyfriends are liars, cheats, druggies, are super abusive verbally, mentally, physically, emotionally, or all the above, or what have you…yet they keep going back to them, even when a great guy is right in front of them. It’s really a fascinating thing to watch, like a train wreck or a plane crash. It might be the most awful thing you’ll ever see, yet you can’t stop watching. The girl I was seeing decided to go back to her ex, who is all of the things I listed, because he was more familiar…even with all the bad history, the horrible experiences, she still wanted that. Stockholm Syndrome, right? (Yes, I’m a little bitter and cynical, but no more than I was before we met ;) )
Taking that experience, I wonder how much applies to why Obama was re-elected. It’s not because he was the best choice, but because he was familiar. “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” When I could stand to listen to him, I did think the man was charismatic. He had a confident voice. He was inspiring, in a way…but then as I started seeing all his “promises” fall flat, I was thinking “Ok, show me the money muthaf-” like I was part of some bad gang movie or something…all talk and no result is not the way to go about things. Yet because he can speak well and tell the people what they want to hear without actually promising anything, he has the faith of the masses (relatively speaking, of course). Regardless of how we feel about the Left side of society and the sheeple, we cannot afford to underestimate them. I never thought social changes could occur on such a level as they have over the past few years. When thinking things through would be so disguised, so reviled. It’s like living before the Enlightenment, when everyone was small-minded except the scientists and philosophers now recognized as truly brilliant. I was teasing a friend of mine the other day about “revolution” and “armed revolt” and saw a look of horror on her face. She thought I was gonna be hauled away right then and there.
I had a realization at that moment…change today will not come in the way that it did before. During the Revolution, when fighting for freedom from the British Empire, it was us vs. them. It was smaller. It was, in a way, easier. We are facing the same difficulties today, but not in the same scope. Our freedom will not come from the barrel of a gun this time. It will be defended by it, but not liberated by it. We may think that we can openly go to war with our government, but in reality we can’t, not really. It isn’t time, things aren’t bad enough. The People, those we seek to defend, will not be open to it…they don’t WANT to be free. Until those on Capitol Hill can be exposed to corruption in the same way that conservative values have been desecrated and soiled. It’s no longer a “fighting man’s game” like boxing. This is chess that we’re playing, move and counter-move. If those we try to enlighten will not listen, there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. If we try to force it, we are no better than those we fight to defeat.
Anyways, those are my thoughts, thanks for reading them. I hope I didn’t bore you all too much. I’ve got a long weekend with family planned, so if I don’t write again I wish you all a good President’s Day, and great times with family and friends. I would encourage you to start a new tradition, if you haven’t, and remember all those who have led our country with honor and distinction, and remember exactly why we celebrate our history.