It’s a sad, crazy day when you come to the realization that most of what you have been taught is nothing but crap.
How do you even begin to think straight? How do you keep from going mad when you start to understand that so much of the very essence of “what it means to be human” falls so pathetically short of anything a self respecting creature can, or, should be proud of? Is there a name for being overloaded with embarrassment? Is that some kind of condition, or, diagnosis? If there is… I have it.
The Stock Market broke a record the other day and American corporations are making almost unbelievable profits. On the same day I read that 31% of our young people with college loans are 90+ days behind on their payments. College loan debt in America is at right about a Trillion Dollars. So, what do you do when you owe the bankers $100,000 plus for an education and you can’t find a job? What do you do when you realize that those jobs that “went away” are not coming back? I would think one of the first things you do is ask yourself… “How the fuck did I get into this mess… What was I thinking?
Mrs. N. will be happy to tell you. You were thinking that what you were taught at school was true. You were thinking that America is the Land of the free and everybody has an equal shot at opportunity, greatness and happiness. You were thinking that if you kept your nose clean, played by the rules and worked hard you were, more or less, guaranteed a shot at “the good life”, even though you never really had any idea what that was. You were thinking that because THAT is the horse shit they fed you when you were growing up.
Now you are beginning to know better. It’s a hard lesson. Harder perhaps for this younger generation because, other than being killed or maimed in some ridiculous war you were tricked into thinking was a smart thing to get yourself involved in, nothing quite beats the realization that you have been scammed out of a hundred grand, and some faceless banker owns your ass as surely as if you were his slave. You are 23 years old.
If you think about what George has to say in the YouTube clip that I began this little essay with I don’t think you will be able to stop yourself from feeling a little embarrassed for what we are. The more you think about it… the worse it gets. The more you see how we all play our part in the Big Scam that is our culture the more embarrassing it all becomes.
Where did we get the balls to teach little black children that they lived in a country founded on the idea that “All men are created equal” and they could expect “Equal justice under the Law”? We knew it was bullshit! We taught it to them anyway, and we kept a straight face while we were doing it. That is the kind of stinkers humans are. Tricking white kids into borrowing their life away for a diploma they may as well use to wipe their ass with is nothing compared to the horse shit we fed black kids. Talk about chickens coming home to roost!
It’s at times like this that I wish I was a religious man. For, if I was, I could be truly thankful to a merciful, all seeing GOD for the fact that I live in the Southern United States of America where racism is a thing of the past. Why, it wasn’t long ago that I had the pleasure of having a conversation with a former Mayor of our beautiful little Christian community. We spoke of the weather, politics and I mentioned to him that I was expecting a delivery of a package from the post office and it seemed to be a bit overdue… He replied with a smile, in a meticulously cultured Virginia Gentleman’s accent…
“With all the Niggers in the Post Office it’s a miracle anybody gets any mail at all.”
How can you not be embarrassed? Only one way I’m afraid. Unfortunately for us all, that’s the most embarrassing thing of all about what it means to be human.