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.