Friday, October 07, 2005

My last three months in a paragraph or less...

Sorry, it's neither interesting or necessary to show on paper how I have managed to whittle away a solid entire summer with little to show. Also this post will not be a paragraph or less...

Boy have I missed out some nice juicy tidbits in blogger-land. Katrina, Rita, Cindy Sheehan, (insert any other intolerable bitch's name) have all come and gone. Some (Katrina) stick to the ribs for longer than others (Cindy), like a meal at Mom's house compared to a meal at Wild Oats. There was also the second attempted slaughter in London, the newest Bali bombing, that Rove and Plame bullshit, and countless other public outrages that have since fast evaporated.

Isn't it crazy how the Tsunami of December 26th, 2005 could very well have been the Tsunami of December 26th, 1983? When was the last major news piece on that disaster? In this crazy time, when nearly all information is at our fingertips nearly all the time, an interesting question comes to mind: is there currently an actual acceleration of world events or is there just more information available to us?

Of course crazy shit has happened recently, namely 9/11 (and the subsequent Islamofascist ass-kicking), the European meltdown and the Tsunami. We have every right to think that we are in a struggle for our very freedom, but how did our grandparents react when they got word of the Nazi slaughter camps? Did they sit down in a drum circle and ask themselves what they had done to make the Nazis hate the Jews? Or how did they react when Stalin's Gulags were exposed? Did they think it justifiable venting of frustrations with America's inequitable trade policies?

We are just now learning of the full extent of the Democides of Mao, the labor camps of Guevera and Castro, the bloody revolution of the Sandinistas and many of the other storied blood-lettings of the 20th century (by most accounts the most bloody century in human history). Why? Because we only recently have developed this crazy form of information transfer called the internet.

So here's something to think about. Today, with the spread of Democracy reaching new heights and the rejection of human slaughter becoming the norm, what if we can look back at the 20th century for what it quite possibly was; the apex of human barbarism. In short, what if what we now have isn't really all that bad? What if we are staring down the barrel of an unprecedented period of peace and justice thanks in no small part to the maverick actions of the Cowboy Nation and its friends?

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