As a rule, I don’t indulge in exposés of my feelings, it tends to open one up to revilement and ridicule from people who don’t agree with your perceptions, but sometimes a gal just needs to vent. Consider yourself warned.

I will start with the United Airlines debacle. I won’t be speaking to the incident itself, though lord knows it’s egregious enough to fill a tome, but I am so irate at the attitude displayed by people with power. It is so fucking appalling that people jump in with brute force on the slightest provocation. There’s this guy on the United flight. Then today I read about a woman in the UK, she was an expert on the Antiques Roadshow, who died of a ruptured liver after being restrained by 6 people while strapped to a gurney during a bout of postpartum distress, and no one will claim that they were inappropriate in how they handled this situation. Honest to God, someone grabbed or punched this woman! And someone in that melée saw them do it! But apparently her life was irrelevant when it comes to protecting their buds.

Humans have always been clannish, it’s how we survived when the species began. In the greater scheme of things we are a weak species; we have no teeth or claws for rending and tearing and crushing. We aren’t large and imposing. We don’t have a heavy haircoat or loose skin to foil attackers. And we don’t have large litters to offset our losses. What we do have are brains designed to solve problems, and the biggest problem we have, then and now, is survival.

My astrologer is talking about the generations of love that have gone into creating us. Ha! I’m going to guess that every single one of us has a rape in our ancestral line, give the proclivity of human men to rape the women of the conquered clans to cement their win by breeding the next generation on them. Then we can add in the recent iteration of women needing to be married to have value because they are property and only recently had their souls granted back to them by the Church. I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I think we can all agree that there were a whole lot of really sucky marriages before divorce became legal for women to initiate. Breeding children in a caustic environment changes their DNA, science has proven this recently. So think about that when you look at the little kids. We don’t have untainted DNA, any of us.

When are humans going to make the collective shift to working together instead of fighting all of the time? We had the opportunity with Obama, he could have been the setup man for an era of real opportunity to heal the planet and the humans that live on it. Choosing Bernie to be the Democratic candidate would have set us at the correct crossroad, and electing him as the president would have set us at the trailhead. Instead we sat on our hands and let the haters win. And we are doing nothing to change the game plan for next time. Laws aren’t changing because the current politicians like things the way they are. They rule us and we let them. Schools are sliding into the crapper that they’ve been poised on the edge of since the 70s. Breaking them up and going back to local town schools might save some of the kids, but I don’t see politicians allowing that to happen. Millennials, those new adults that are coming up to voting age and are poised to take over, were raised up during No Child Left Behind. Did they learn that it sucked and that they need to do away with testing? Or will the new politicians they spawn see it as the perfect form of mind control and double down on whatever disaster the current administration perpetuates on us? I’m not hopeful of a positive outcome because too many of us have a death wish.

I would have more hope for us except that we are seeing the same hate win globally. The EU is breaking up, but I can’t be too heartbroken about that when I remember the trials that Greece went through after they joined. It was appalling. The EU, promoted as a unifying power base for the support of all members, and bam, there goes the sacrificial lamb. Isn’t Germany the only country that has really profited from this? And that explains the whole basis for the debacle- profit. When you are looking for profit, you are not looking out for the common good.

I’ll post this now and let the dust fall where it will. I won’t be arguing with anyone; post what you will in the comments and I’ll be checking in.

Addendum: I just saw hope. A starling is building a nest inside of a metal lamp post. They’ll survive, because that’s what they do. And a nice nurse just gave me a table in the recovery area so I can keep typing. Perhaps keeping our eye on the little things, and just continuing to perpetuate the small acts of kindness, will be enough. May they someday build into a tsunami.



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Comment by alsoknownas on April 12, 2017 at 7:12am

Well stated Phyllis.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 12, 2017 at 7:49am

P, Depending on how you look at it, things have been a lot worse and we survived that.  The thing that I believe is that despite how it is presented, human history is not a progression toward any ideal utopian unifying principle.  Like evolution it is a series of adaptations that may or may not contribute to our survival as any given social order.  Starts, stops, tangents and such.  My favorite summation of history comes from Shakespeare's Macbeth:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

For what it's worth in my small way I've done my bit and though I doubt that it will be remembered, I've tried to do to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 12, 2017 at 8:04am

"When you are looking for profit, you are not looking out for the common good."

We have made 'profit'  a right that is superior to the basic human right to live.

Unless we alter that construct, we're doomed to reap the consequences. 

Well said and written...

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 12, 2017 at 9:17am

Nice rant, P - the United thing is just mind boggling, not only the lack of humanity in the initial actions of dragging the guy off the plane, but the complete stupidity in thinking this was remotely acceptable and that the airline wouldn't have terrible repercussions for it??

I hadn't heard about the Antiques Roadshow person - yikes! It really does seem like the anger that bubbles under the surface of so many is less and less bothering to stay under the surface.... and you are so right, no one is pure, untainted.

I'm not so much into revilement or ridicule, either, but, here goes...

The created in love vs being raped issue -- not at all black and white, imho, and rape doesn't always stop love from ever happening or humans being created out of love, that I do know. Same with a miserable marriage - there can be moments of loving here and there in the midst of a total relationship mess, certainly. (I know you know this already, I'm not preaching, just thinking in writing....)

Love/loving doesn't stop rape from happening, either. We're a mixed bag, we humans, but it is true that love cannot be stopped by horrible things having happened, not always, not to everyone. It might be easier not to try, though, I get that, I've been that.

I also can't make the 'love wins' kind of platitude either as it doesn't always win, but there are plenty of those who choose to make it an effort to live their lives this way, regardless of their suffering and pain and past experiences, loving is such an active, ongoing work after all, and again, it's frankly easier to give up, for some - maybe for all of us, some days.

For me, it's a bit disingenuous for the astrologer to make sweeping, blanket statements like that. And why? It doesn't seem very experienced in dealing with humans, somehow....

As for the world, it is a challenge, I agree - I find my hope in nature as well, that the birds are still getting up and flying around, the flowers still bloom even if certain death by hard frost is imminent, children still can laugh at the drop of a hat even if their parents are incessantly fighting, or because their parents are fighting and they've developed humor as coping skill... whether circular, spiraling, or pendulum swing (I don't buy the Time is Linear thing), life moves along.

I figure I might as well notice what is good -- and today, having woken up to the truck getting broken into overnight and a beautiful gold necklace I've had since a teenager I gave hubs to hold onto, stolen, I'm doing pretty good  : )

Good luck to you -- hope writing the rant helped!

Comment by J.P. Hart on April 12, 2017 at 9:36am

Strong stuff, Philly.  I ought to ferret the etymology of nihilism.

However, you know, something about the 4th, the 5th. And an arcane theorem that humans are unlike other creatures of God as our normative 'way to dusty death' is relatively 'short, brutish, harsh', that is, maturation X seven (7) would have us living well into our 120s.  Presumably, a real or imagined 'dark force' has been 'on' to this beautiful propensity and at some horrific juncture began to erode 'our health and well being' out of some twisted statistical self preseravationist (as you say clannish) aggrandizement of it's (she-he-them) own null-emphatic megalomaniacal perpetuity. Contemporaneously, just review the assassinations of of the 1960s. Graphs would evidence a stalwart parallel with kleptocracy. Gone are the days of Buckley and Gore, checks and balance, thoughts of lore. With sustained irony, please note the 'barrier' of our beloved language: what's it?

Syntax and/or Sin Tax :)

(I enjoy reading over my head until my arms get tired) More, please, Phyllis.

A site, Quantum X, is more than illuminating.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on April 12, 2017 at 10:41am

Really well said Phyllis.

I'm kind of in flux myself - it's not anything physical, but this election disturbs me on a number of levels - one particularly, in that it shows me that Americans aren't really plugged into what's important to their lives and to their children's futures.  

We elected a climate change denier.  We elected a man who routinely assaults women - and I say this looking at his wife who indicates to me in a number of small gestures, that she's afraid of her husband.  I look back at Obama, and what a terrific guy he is.  Yeah, he was lousy at presidenting (my opinion) but he is a good man and I've no doubt in my mind that he wants the best for his country (whatever that might be...I'm not really sure because he's another big bank kinda democrat.).

It's possible this president wants the best for america also.  I hold on to that thought because there's hope in it.  He COULD learn - this week he took a few baby steps showing it COULD but I happen to think it's all theater.  I think the best for america is only for him and his family.  I suppose he's a trump survivor.  not so great for the rest of us. 

Anyway getting back to your points, as JM said we've endured worse times.  I'm not so worried about humanity except the fact that in a hundred years what will humans eat?  where will they live?  how many of us will survive?  will we have a plague, another world war, a series of natural disasters that will bring our numbers down?  otherwise I wonder where we're all going to go?  I won't be here of course, but I wonder.  

You see, we may have had worse times, but we've never overwhelmed our environment as we are doing now, we've never reached the population numbers we've reached.  and then there's genetic modifying.  we are tinkering with nature and that's where we will shaft ourselves.  so i think honestly, we're probably at best a few hundred years away from extinction, if we last that long. 

Comment by J.P. Hart on April 12, 2017 at 11:11am

apology for abbreviating it is when its is correct line 5 above [sic] . . .aggrandizement of its (she-he-them) . . .

Comment by Drew-Silla on April 12, 2017 at 11:13am

I must respectfully disagree with you about the antique woman. Maybe it's just me, but every time I watch the Antiques Roadshow, I feel like punching every one of their so-called experts in the liver and stabbing a few of the aw-shucks yokels from whatever cesspool they're at that week right through the ear drum with the Art Nouveau mother of pearl-inlaid orange zester they found wrapped up in Auntie Mabel's Belgian lace unmentionables. 

Comment by Phyllis on April 12, 2017 at 2:36pm

Drew, this is an innocent woman murdered by emergency workers. While I agree with your statement on merit, it is declassé in the present circumstances.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 12, 2017 at 3:06pm

Nothing much to add. No argument for you today.


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