Tipping points? Catalyzing events? Who knows, but……ya really gotta read: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/23/portland-oregon-clashes-protests-proud-boys-antifascist?utm_term=f9ff0b6d1bcd2e302e4c8712d965ae27&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUS_email
Are the pictures a harbinger of things to come? Are they just reflections of the ‘mood’ since Trump was president? Do Proud Boys battling Antifa in the streets of Portland mean anything? People shooting at each other….well, that is status quo in the USA, really. Police nowhere to be seen? The Mayor exhorting everyone to ‘choose love’. All that in Portland, no less!?
In California, the governor is under a recall campaign and currently the leading opposing candidate is a right-wing, anti-vaxxing, pro-Trump, anti-BLM man by the name of Larry Elder. Good ol’ Larry is black. It is hard to make this crap up. But is it really a portent of things to come or just another California nutty situation?
The Taliban took over Kabul with less violence than the US police inflict on a single black man daring to go for a drive (altho that will likely change over time). And, not surprisingly, our own Montreal police do much the same thing in Canada. https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-man-files-complaint-against-police-again-after-alleged-driving-while-black-incident-1.5438316. But the police were chastened….will they keep being cruel and stupid or was that just a few aberrant cops in a force of really good folks?
I suppose much of all that can be ignored as ‘just more news’. After all, ignoring all that stuff is what we have done, mostly. It happens. Life is messy. Next thing you know, another school bus goes over another cliff, a flood takes out a town, so does another forest fire, a new pandemic emerges, more politicians fiddle while doing nothing, the water becomes unsafe from contamination, arsenic, oil-spill or nuclear accident……the list is endless. Same ol’, same old?
The real question, for me, is there actually more of it now? Or is this the way it has always been? Are we at a tipping point? Really? Or just carrying on as we have? Or, maybe I am just noticing it more, social media hyping more crap-news, everyone is riding the ‘like and subscribe’ button, lies and spectacle just have more appeal? I really do not know if I am just getting old and ‘fed-up’ or if there is an increase in the madness. Do you?
Here’s what I think: I think life on Earth has always been chaotic and corrupt, dangerous and dumb, ugly and dark. “Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short” (Thomas Hobbes). Maybe we can add: ……and, when exploited for perverse reasons, it can also make a buck? (Zuckerberg)
After all, the USA has created a culture around violence, corruption, greed, spectacle and ugly and they are still the wealthiest country in the world. “Coming to a theater near you: Thomas Hobbes in Technicolor and Panavision. Life as you have never seen it before! Starring Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and the supporting cast from the Taliban together with the Proud Boys. Brought to you by Big Oil, Big Pharma and MIC International (the Military Industrial Complex).
I am saying: most of this horror show may possibly just be more of the same only writ larger by Social Media.
To me, the only REAL story is Climate Change. I’d talk more about that but I really want to go see more of Kim Kardashian’s latest butt pictures. C’mon….!