Farewell 2017

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.

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