A democratic leader gets assassinated and a country with nuclear arms plunges deeper into chaos and uncertainty. The assassin blows himself, and approximately 20 more people, up.
A tiger, who may or may not have been taunted, leaps over a zoo wall that wasn't built high enough and kills a teenager who was trying to protect his friend.
Consumers didn't spend as much money this Christmas as in the past further listing the United States toward a recession. The once red hot housing market is still trying to right itself after a sub-prime blunder which the Federal government failed to regulate until it was too late. (We all revel in greed it seems...) The stock market continues to struggle as fuel prices continue to rise. Congress agrees to spend more money on the war (as long as they can add other spending measures of a more personal interest to the bill).
In the meantime ice caps begin to melt, presidential candidates can raise more money for their bid to The White House than they can for the poor, people kill each other over the proper spelling of a god's name, tsunamis and earthquakes erase entire villages, the current U.S. administration wants to invest in bigger walls to keep out illegal immigrants rather than institute a more agreeable policy concerning entrance to the country while neglecting to address that the outsourcing of labor by American companies to deplorable conditions in Third World countries so that they may offer Americans cheaper goods (which Americans still think are too expensive and wait to go on sale anyway) is much of the same labor force who wants better wages (like all the rest of us) infiltrating the country, the United States is disgustingly obese, it's children are so out of shape that they suffer from diabetes, the euro has surpassed the dollar and national pride is further weakened by lack of faith, not in a god, but in an economy, an administration, a war effort and a country of fat asses so content to be in their cardhouse of comfort that they don't even say hi to their neighbors anymore and would rather build fences as well as run someone off the road than let them merge into traffic.
Am I having a bad day? Not in the least. This is what is in the media everyday. Fear. Fear sells papers. Most people who are afraid will do whatever is easiest in order to not be afraid anymore. Put another lock on the door. Add another security measure. Attack somebody else in order to no longer be attacked yourself. Pop a pill. Make more money because money can buy your out of trouble. Purchase more band-aids. Buy the hand cream with 20% more sanitizing agents than the leading brand, etc.
People who live in fear spend more money! Fear is one of the most used marketing techniques in the world. Fear of being left out. Fear of missing out. Fear of going out and not wearing the right apparel. Fear of being fat, stupid, hurt or shunned.
But what if we faced our fears with reason, logic and constructive commentary? What if we realized as a global community that there is no one way to do something, but that some ways are simply unacceptable? What if money became secondary? What if we had self-sustaining gardens, ran on solar power or corn fuel and created back-up foodstores which can sustain entire nations in times of emergency or national disaster?
Is the world really better off with all the technology at hand or is it just the same as all the Empires that came before us? Sure, we live longer but now we have to worry about cancer eating our bones, where we're gonna live, how we're going to pay for it when Social Security runs out and Alzheimer's. Sure, most of America has plenty of money- they're fat and comfortable- but they don't know what to do when things get uncomfortable. They want to buy their way out of their fears and issues instead of work their way into a better place. Swallow a pill or spend it on liposuction and stomach staples, but don't work to control your desires or fear on your own... that would be too difficult.
Is this the side effect of capitalism? Is it right before our eyes? In plain view?
That's how the media would want it, scared complainers make great consumers. The problems the world today faces are not unlike any the world has dealt with before... it's just that in today's world, humanity has the technology to make more people afraid and really fuck things up further with their perverted "solutions". We are walking a tightrope when we start splicing genes and toying with nuclear options. No matter how bad some of us want to be, humans will still be humans. They will never be gods. And Mother Nature will always have the last word.
Yes it's bad. Yes it can get better. Yes it can get worse. Each choice is simple, in that complicated sort of way. And much too difficult to explain in this miracle of technology we call a blurb... i mean, blog.
But, hey, blogs and blurbs are tools; and we've got to start somewhere. If we can balance our passion with rationale what are we capable of? What are you capable of?