Here in the magnificient Ozarks, the annual old/new year’s transition included dead birds and fish. Lot’s of them. In/near the communities of Beebe and Ozark, which are about 100 miles apart on a roughly east/west line that somewhat parallels I-40/U.S. 64 and encompasses a large stretch of the Arkansas River, whereupon — midway inbetween — sits the Arkansas Nuclear One power-plant generator, and which also happens to be the approximate southern boundry of that region of Arkansas which is in the process of being commercially exploited for Fayettville Shale ‘gas-play’ profits, whereto dozens of complaints are being lodged about fouled drinking water and cluster earthquakes.
Still, we can all start the New Year happy because the experts have concluded that the tens-of-thousands of dead animals probably died as the result of somebody setting off fireworks. And boys will be boys, you know <smile>. So there is really no cause for alarm.
Does anyone out there ever seriously contemplate Orwell’s “1984”? It was on cable last night. I cried at the end.
The problem (for me) is that I understand all the dimensions, aspects and peculiarities of the (arrogant, abusive, derogatory) ‘machismo’ (boys will be boys, do as I say, but not as I do) mind-set too well… and have come to grips with the reality that people who are driven by ‘competition’ and ‘possessiveness’ have either yet to cognitively mature or have some form of psychological impairment, and are thus doing what they are doing as a sort of knee-jerk pavlovian/reptillian/instinctural “fight, flight, feast, fuck’ reaction… with NO true intellectual comprehension (ie: reason, logic, depth-perception) about ‘why’ such behavior is (in practice of fact) detrimental to everything they ‘say’ they wish to attain.
I understand that such folks live every moment in a ‘reality’ filled with ‘inverse-opposites’ — where they say one thing and do something completely different… and are proud to announce such deviations from an accorded ‘game plan’ as ‘brilliant and absolutely essential’ in order to ‘win’ whatever it is that is sought… however, if some other person were to do exactly the same thing… their head would be on a platter.
And because I understand all this (dysfunctional behavior) as a form of ‘disability’ I do my best to avoid such mine-fields… or at least dance my way through them… <smile>. However, at some point, where the health and well being of more than one person is at stake, all those affected must have an equal voice in the decision-making process or else we (the citizens) are defacto living under the rule of a ‘dictatorship’…
Which is exactly and precisely ‘the core of the real problem’ we grapple with as a soicety today, whether it is the abject flummox delivered by the people we pay to be ‘experts’ on things like ‘fracking’, whether we pay them to protect and serve us with tax dollars, or directly out-of-pocket when we fill our cars with gasoline, their apparent oblivian to the harm they are wrecking economically, environmentally, and culturally, bespeaks of their own impotence.
And if we citizens fail to eradicate this ‘machismo’ (cover-up) of this obsessiively corrup problem from the microcosm of our everyday dealings, what hope is there for the whole of humankind? Which, by the way, is the point of “HOAX: Manifesto of the Marijuana Prisoners Committee To End the War On Drugs,” a 72-page PDF, authored by Inmate9, now available (free) at inmate9.blogspot.com . ~~~