From “A Christmas Carol”: Its as the Ghost of Christmas present is about to leave and he reveals the two demon children underneath his robe. “Spirit! are they yours?” Scrooge could say no more.
“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them. “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware of them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”
It has been 160 years or so since Dickens wrote his novel about the perilous and fragile state of humanity in pre-industrial London. We have passed through that time and now are entering a similar time, where avarice is somehow seen as being the better than just being human. We have just elected a 70-year-old man who embodies that ugly mentality that Scrooge did before he awoke from his Christmas Eve nightmare.
I highly doubt that Donald Trump will have the same epiphany tonight – or any other night in the near future. Scrooge, at least, found his humanity. Trump never knew what it was.
That ignorance has washed over this country over the last 40 years is nothing new. People, smarter than me, have warned about it for years. Comedians, like the late George Carlin, saw this coming, as did Lenny Bruce 50 years ago. People have tried to take sense into these people, but they don’t listen.
Carlin’s rant, from 2005…
“But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, EVER be fixed.
It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got.
Because the owners, the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.
Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want:
They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. Thats against their interests.
Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that!
You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fucking place! It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.
By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you.
They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.
It’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
I don’t know what will happen come January 20th or thereafter. Ignorance won an election last month and now we have to deal with the consequences. Whether or not we are doomed remains to be seen.
Another Christmas. Spent alone. Hope and a common future seem as distant as Mars at this point. Yet I try to find the positive and stay close to my family, as distant as they are, and friends, as spread out as they are, as I can. I am not 25 anymore. Too many people have come and gone in my life to really understand why. I just try to hold on to my sanity one day at a time and hope that even though I’m a cynic, that my humanity still manages to peek through.