It seems like we are finally realizing that no matter what our “leaders” decide, if the people know that it’s ridiculous or harmful, there will be no one to carry out the orders.
I really respect and appreciate people who have the courage to stand up and do the right thing; even at the risk of losing their livelihood. What’s more courageous (and American) than that? “We the People” rings a (Liberty) bell. Hehe, see what I did there?
From the military, to law enforcement, to all kinds of environmental/educational/religious/political/gender identity/color/ethnic groups, etc., we can all work on accepting each other, chilling out on trying to force others to believe our opinions, and simply try to get along and enjoy our lives (but Donovan this is so “basic”, we’ve heard it all before! Yeah, well, the Basics are the hardest to Master. Look up “love thy neighbor”…jeesh, frickin’ amateurs…hehe).
Anywho, I think our fears of each other are very exaggerated. Manipulative rich people, who create chaos to drive the stock market and line their pockets accordingly, are pulling our strings. I don’t wanna be a puppet; I’m a real boy .
It reminds me about how we’re worried about nuclear war (What kinda of crazy tangent is this, Donovan?!? Hold on their, Bucko. I’m getting there!). When I was a kid, we were instructed to hide under our desks in case of an atomic bomb attack. One, that put the fear of Russian hellfire, and the end of the world, in our little minds (WTF?), and Two, what good would it do? Would someone find our pile of ashes, and be able to identify it by the cursive-scribbled names on our Peechee folders?
If the two Airmen in the deep-mountain, underground bunker refuse to enter the codes and turn the keys, those scary-huge rockets that pop up out of cornfields and tennis courts won’t go anywhere (unless a madman rushes in and kills both Airmen with karate chops, and has really long arms to turn both the keys, but that’s kind of unlikely). Whew! I think we’re gonna be OK.
If someone else nukes us, then it’ll be quick and I believe we’re going on to something better.
(The nuclear thing is the most extreme example I could think of that people are worried about. We can talk about the worst things if we approach them with humor *).
So, if we all step back from the hype for a minute, I think that we can see that we are being taken for a ride. Let’s be our own “better drivers” and head in another direction. We can do this any time, over and over again, as long as it takes, until the road is free and clear.
All right, I’m going to step off my soapbox now. Up Next, we have a really funny guy from Albuquerque who juggles chainsaws. Let’s give him a warm welcome!
(*smattering of applause – sound of overlapping conversations and clinking glasses – slow fade to black*)….
Annoying guy who doesn’t get it:
Hey! Who turned off the lights?
Shhh! It’s for dramatic effect.
Oh, I get it! So cool!!!
(*cue special effects*)
Have a good day!
* Stanford Report, August 1, 2011:
Stanford psychologists find that jokes help us cope with horrifying images