I think I speak for all or, at the very least some that the year we left behind was a tumultuous one, full of all kinds of calamities of suffering. It was definitely a year of turmoil and truth. While the southern places from Houston and Florida to Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Venezuela’s political turmoil, it all seems to be done and dealt with. People move on as if none of this even happened in the first place, and the only ones who actually care are those who are directly afflicted by the aftermath. How terrible, and how apathetic, this America that pretends to have it all together, pretends to love and care so much about others, at a moments notice conveniently forgets in search of its next big thing, its next reinvention of cool that will make everybody forget about all bad things ! We’re more concerned about our $5 cups of coffee and causing things to go viral, to get people to click on a thumbs up button repeatedly. Are we so numb we easily forget about the massacre in Vegas, the Neo Nazi’s marching in Virginia, or Arkansas executing prisoners who were innocent of the crime they were to be executed for.
One take away ? If the culture is growing intensely worse bit by bit, day by daywe seriously all ought to consider that maybe, just maybe it’s the culture itself and its lack of a proper response or heart felt compassion that causes wounds to intensify bad situations into progressively worse case scenarios. There are a select minority who think themselves fully insulated, in an incubator of opulence and affluence that acts as a combined shield generator over the Hoth system, repelling all intergalactic bombardments from the Imperial fleet (that is, life in and of itself). Well guess what ? You either join the rebel alliance or the Intergalactic Empire. In all of our tech addiction, indifference, narcissism, ignorance, apathy, and uncaring it’s not difficult to see that our culture is reprehensible, disturbing, and metamorphisizing to a dysotopia that will never be able to correct itself in any sort of fashion. Meaning once it reaches that and continues devolving into a low state of life, no money or power will be able to save those who thought that they were untouchable.
When the Nazi’s took over Germany, non German immigrants who lost everything were throwing huge precious jewels at anybody who would simply provide them a train ride somewhere, or a plane ride, with no wealth or possessions. Imagine this for a mere moment, for those who forget history are doomed to repeat it in a vicious loop. If we let down our guard, toss away and neglect our rights, our individual power well guess what ? We will wind up with more President Obama’s who make horrendous decisions to appease a mass of ignorant children, the lotus eaters who think we should all revert to a utopian society of hipster flower children that don’t work and just sit around smoking medical marijuana all day. I’ve always been a minimalist and it’s more crucial to me now than ever, in this materially whorish society that wars with those who have soul wit and substance. One question which begs askance is do we want to be miserable slaves chasing and competing in the rat race ? Or happy in continuous discovery of our true selves, our essence, our characters, and our capacity to achieve greater things in our lives ? I think 2018 needs to be a year of good times, progress, stability, and less of the meaningless crap that the media and the internets perpetuates in order to make you drown in a sea of things.