1. Opinion (2006)

What chance do we have?

With the direction society is plunging in, what chance do we have to live normal, uninterrupted, moral lives?
Interpretation of morality is of course subjective; however I would say that disparaging someone after, or making light of, their untimely death is flatly immoral.

I heard a man talking today about his ex-wife. He was speaking to a few women, one in particular, and casually mentioned that his wife had gotten cancer and died during the processing of their divorce, “making the divorce easy for him!” No remorse in his voice, no follow up statement to make himself sound less arrogant or heartless. Instead, his follow up was to joke, “I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!”

The ladies tittered nervously, and left abruptly. I wanted to beat him. I wanted to physically punish him for the mental harm that he had just done to me and the others that heard him talking unsympathetically about the death of a woman he at one time loved enough to marry. I wanted him to look at me, dizzy and choking on blood and teeth, and understand that punishment comes in many forms, and on this day, the most primal form had caught up with him.

I had to take a few breaths of reason to not do so, and even then, my feet were exiting the situation while my head was still right in the thick of it.

I have no doubt that his callousness will be punished at a later date with loneliness, failing health without sympathy, and eventually exile to the fires of hell, but none of that fucking matters. He’ll never see it for what it is: He is common. He is the sort of human fire alarm that should send people running either away from him as fast as they can, or towards him at full gait to help. But neither happens.

People just take it, overlook it, and move along… Right into the next exploitative reality show or pandering, enabling talk show that flaunts human suffering, degradation, and decline just enough to enlist some phony armchair sympathy, but not quite enough to convey to the masses that the erosion of human decency and ethics are the rule now, not the exception.

What chance do we have? Society is a mob mentality; there is no semblance of unity unless all else has failed and they have to rely on SOMEONE out of fear for their own well being.

Maybe that’s why I don’t relate to or align with any political party. They’re so caught up in rallying mindless herds around an agenda engineered for the sole purpose of making the masses feel better about how fucked up everything is, and getting them to pledge momentary loyalty to the person feeding them the line.

They fake sincerity towards hot-button issues that don’t really hit their home, and then sell them, kit and caboodle, to a society that can’t see past the tip of their noses unless their quality of life is being interrupted.

…And such breeds the hordes of gutless, spineless, thoughtless, and moral-less drones that convince me daily that we’re just going to sink deeper and deeper into society’s open sewer.

No one cares. And those that truly do walk a path of pain… To care in this doomed world is to alienate and sadden yourself almost to the point of dysfunction, with no relief other than the occasional brush with someone whose eyes show the same struggles as your own.