Our country has been overrun by two things that are poking and prodding our masses into complacency. Fear and profit. The elusive ‘they’ are herding us to bend to their will by threatening our money and our lives. And it isn’t at all new. I listen to Papa Roach from time to time. I’m angry what can I say. Their song Tyranny Normality had a strange merging with the book I am currently reading. These two ideas were launched nearly fifty years apart, but they are both so relevant still today.
The media is the seduction of human desire set
their money on fire, if you try
to sell me the truth then I know you’re a liar.
Our culture has become complacent, and has no
desire. Take back our empire, and the
ethical slaughter of truth needs to be retired.
It’s the death of outrage!!
I mourn the death of outrage,
the obituary’s on the front page!!
The book I am reading happens to be Black Like Me. I’ve never read it before and simply assumed that I had a clue about what it was really like for an African American in those times: shitty and terrifying. But what I wasn’t banking on was the incredible insight this fifty year old book would provide me into my political mind. Here’s an excerpt:
“What’s needed? What kind of wisdom can overcome the immense propaganda of the racist and hate groups? People read this poison and it’s often presented in a benevolent tone- even a kind tone. … We need a conversion of morals, not just superficially but profoundly. And in both races. Otherwise we’ll never have the right answers when these pressure groups- racists, superpatriots, whatever you want to call them- tag every move toward racial justice as communist-inspired, Zionist-inspired, Illuminati-inspired, Satan-inspired… part of some secret conspiracy to overthrow the Christian civilization. … We’ve reached a poor state when people are afraid doing the decent and right thing is going to help the communist conspiracy. I’m sure a lot of people are help back just on that point.”
Is this not what we are threatened and assailed with constantly? The militant Right is constantly blaming communism and a war on Christianity for the political decisions of the day and they can keep doing it because people keep buying it. It may be the death of outrage that we live in as long as we accept this manipulation. I pray that we don’t. I pray that despite what the media has scared us with we do the decent and right thing. And I especially hope that we take some time and really examine this “war on Christianity.” Are we really being persecuted? Let’s be a little logical here. When I picture persecution, I picture being tortured or having my house burnt down, not having to pray with my kids before they go to school or not being allowed to put an Easter bunny (which isn’t even Christian) in my hometown courthouse. What are ‘they’ trying to distract you from with their fear and threats to your livelihood? What’s really at stake here?
Say what you mean and don’t paint the turds!