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The consolidation of hope, fear, and apathy:
#1
Ostentatious thread titles titillate me. Same like album titles. Or movies.
"The good; the bad; and the ugly."
yup. I guess i'll have to watch it.

Anyway, as possibly the worst spokes-person for the American zeitgeist, I've been digesting a lot lately:

There's the exposure of the deep corruption in our electoral process. There is ample reason to distrust democratic rule.
There's also a glimmer of hope for something remotely progressive.
Finally, cable news, right and left, are having to apologize for shit journalism. This is no doubt fueled by the rise of more independent sources on line.
But all that is under the gun; constantly.

Enter the new virus. And a plunging stock market.
And the climate.

It's a bit much.

Hence, the broad appeal of apathy.
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#2
Energized, pro-active apathy is an interesting zone of culture.

Maybe you're making good money selling Prozac or some brand of brass polish...but you don't need to believe in it.
When you quit that job, because the boss is a jerk, maybe you start a punk-rock band with your loser friends.
(And later on discover, maybe they weren't really your friends.)

So you start a conservative death metal band, in protest.

A few of your fans kill themselves. Or shoot-up their school. And your album is on their play-list.
Sure, sales increase...but that wasn't what you wanted.

Who knew apathy could become so aggressive?
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#3
What troubles me the most about human beings, is how easily they can be dishonest.
People will claim that what actually happened, didn't actually happen. Christ, that shit drives me crazy.

Being honest should be really easy.
Everyone knows when they are being dishonest.

(don't they??)

Honesty is the only aspect of human nature worth clinging to.
It can liberate us.

There's so much dishonesty in our culture.
Honesty could save us all. And it's so easy to understand.
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#4
The whitest kid i ever knew had his mom remove the crust from his Wonder Bread and Velveeta sandwich.
There were no end pieces on that loaf. Just predictable uniformity and softness.
Naturally, the crust needed to be removed.

The crust isn't white enough.
White flour; white sugar; white salt; white milk; white baking powder...
And maybe later in life?
White coke; white crank; white smack...white meat at Thanksgiving dinner.

Eventually? Head to that white light.

What a shitty color white is.
White is the color of cop cars.
White phosphorus is another fabulous white thing.
Bleach will make your whites really shine, as per cleanliness.

White toilet paper sums it up.
It helps the brown stand out.
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#5
(02-27-2020, 04:46 PM)stanky Wrote:  What troubles me the most about human beings, is how easily they can be dishonest.
People will claim that what actually happened, didn't actually happen. Christ, that shit drives me crazy.

Being honest should be really easy.
Everyone knows when they are being dishonest.

(don't they??)

Honesty is the only aspect of human nature worth clinging to.
It can liberate us.

There's so much dishonesty in our culture.
Honesty could save us all. And it's so easy to understand.

Have you read Gulliver's Travels? If not, you should do.

The houyhnhnms* didn't even have words for the concept of lying or dishonesty.

*That is the sole entry on the list of words I cannot remember how to spell, despite having typed it probably a thousand times in my life.
Love is... that one person whose freshly-warm toilet seat you don't find disgusting.
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#6
Read it as a kid; might re-visit it. Thanks for the tip.

In other local news, i just entered Mary's domain with a towel clipped around my neck, and one arm out stretched.
She asked "Are you Superman!?"

"No. I'm Super Tuesday!."

(she took it in stride.)
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