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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Life in Absurdistan

Intellectual disgrace
Stares from every human face,
And the seas of pity lie
Locked and frozen in each eye
--In Memory of W. B. Yeats, 
W. H. Auden

 Those morons out there? Shucks, I could take chicken fertilizer and sell it to them as caviar. I could
make them eat dog food and think it was steak. Sure, I got 'em like this...

You know what the public's like? A cage of Guinea Pigs. Good Night you stupid idiots. Good Night,
you miserable slobs. They're a lot of trained seals. I toss them a dead fish and they'll flap their flippers.
--A Face in the Crowd (1957)

We at RangerAgainstWar don't think we are like Lonesome Rhodes in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd. But whoever you pay obeisance to just might be.

Ranger and I had a chuckle over the weight of absurdities reported weekly in the media. He felt that all stories post 9-11-01 regarding terrorism should be reported under a warning banner, like cigarettes: "Nothing herein reflects reality."

The manner in which the average American interacts with the stories that concern him makes him complicit in his own stasis and impotence. Vaclav Havel's 1978 essay "The Power of the Powerless" indicts the behavior, now enhanced by our ability to broadcast over multiple social platforms and feel as though we are accomplishing something.

"For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, are the system." Some stories which we had encountered on that day, which did not tell the truth:

  • NPR reports, "Russia is trying to topple the stability of the Ukraine." What stability?
  • Why do we cry over the recent Washington mudslides, instead of asking why people build on unstable mountainsides?
  • Why do we insist on the parity between the sexes, and yet seem confounded when a recent economic report declares that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns in a similar job? In response, Obama is now pushing for full pay disclosure in Federal contractor situations, as though this will solve the problem. In fact, the disparity is due in large part to women's biological choices, something with which men do not have to contend. Yet women are burdened (faux "liberated") by the superwoman persona which media overlays atop them.
  • Why do gays want to marry in a church which does not sanction their behavior? Certainly a civil union according all of the rights of partnership should be allowed, but if we are to obey our Constitution, we would understand the separation of church and state, which is not the same thing as the obliteration or coercion of the Church (and vice versa.)

Wouldn't it be nice if we just told the truth? The broadcasts could shut down by 3 p.m. We could go outside and take a walk, get some sun after work, be healthier in mind and body. We would not need so many meds or doctors.

On second thought, that would not work at all.

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Blogger Ael said...

I agree with the civil partnership contract idea.

The government should set up the rules concerning property ownership and disposition of chattel (including under-age kids). Everyone who wanted government recognition of this partnership would need to agree to this contract.

Since it is purely about property it has nothing to do with whatever is done/ not done in the bedroom.

Churches/ witchdoctors/whoever would perform marriages. This would have no legal effect (but would have moral effect for those who engage in it).

Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous CholoAzul said...

We already have a civil contract for domestic partnership administered by the government. It's called a marriage *license*.

And with it you can go to a temple, a church, A ULC reverend, a justice of the peace, or the captain of a ship, and have whatever ceremonial ritual blows your shirt up.
Expanding that to all competent adults won't change a thing except expanding it to all competent adults.

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:57:00 PM GMT-5  

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