Sub-Mediocrities in an Alternative Universe

“…I doubt very seriously whether anyone will hire me.’

What do you mean, babe? You a fine boy with a good education.’

Employers sense in me a denial of their values.’ He rolled over onto his back. ‘They fear me. I suspect that they can see that I am forced to function in a century I loathe. This was true even when I worked for the New Orleans Public Library.”

John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

It’s nearly impossible NOT to loathe the current century. Whether it’s taking a fearful peak at entertainment offerings, or the nightly news – whether national or local – it’s all a bad drug trip down a distasteful avenue of mainstream media offerings of fear, propaganda, ugliness and insanity.

It must have been a day spent in creative writing classes at Newsweek last week as they connected the dots on their adult activity hand-out and came up with the headline:


Of course, as they typically do with such ridiculous articles they publish, they bury the truth at the end of the article…the CIA and the FBI do not believe that the Soviet Union played a role in Kennedy’s assassination and have concluded that Oswald acted alone.” Thanks, Newsweek for providing yet another distraction from the growing warfare state Washington is ratcheting up, whether it be with Russia, Iran or North Korea.  As usual, one has to dig a bit but has an excellent piece from a group of former U.S. intelligence officers, including NSA specialists, (who) cite new forensic studies to challenge the claim of the key Jan. 6 “assessment” that Russia “hacked” Democratic emails last year. 

So, the insanity, of course, continues. We here at the Asylum gravitate toward the alternate universe theorem in an attempt to understand, if that’s possible, the current insanity. This can’t all be real, can it? Zombies masquerading as humans walking the streets in perpetual sync with an electronic device; shyte offerings of entertainment and news absolutely devoid of any taste or truth; each side of the political aisle offering their new and improved version of shiny slime, promising to bring nirvana to those who have been used and abused by the previous political shysters – what a heap of guano.

People just want dolphinto be left alone enough to live out their existence in peace – but the modern era will have none of that. It all has to be a cruel joke by some alien pranksters who left the confines of this plane lone ago and are currently laughing at us all.  It reminds me of the dolphins message of “So Long, and thanks for all the fish” just as they departed planet Earth before it was demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass from Douglas Adams’ fourth book, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ‘trilogy’,   

It’s not just that the sub-mediocrities currently in charge of everything, who had to be jack-asses in another life, have done their best to make everything a mess – it’s to the point where finding anything in this mess of the modern era that doesn’t reek of absolute horseshit is nearly impossible.

Whether the universe, God, Mother Earth or some other creative force with a wicked sense of humor brought all this cacophony of delights together – the one thing most (certainly, not all) people have been endowed with is common sense.  Sadly, just as the dolphins taking leave, common sense is rapidly vanishing.  Blame it on TV “programming”, geo-engineering of the weather, food laced with poison, water contaminated with more poisons or a bad hair cut. Common sense that tells us that there was more than one “shooter” of JFK; that there were no weapons of mass destruction; that we are being constantly played; that when not lying, politicians are gathering moss at the bottom of the ocean, and that most of the current “news” is written by writers with the IQ of a bewildered moth just as its about to get fried in the flame.  Our common sense tells us the politicians, corporate heads, media nutjobs are all a complete joke – yet we continue to pay their dues.

It’s up to each of us individually to find the way – to resist – as they say, and rather than spending valuable energy lambasting someone whom you don’t quite agree with, it might be better to acknowledge that the game is completely rigged and if one can, to withdraw their support of it.

Cash instead of credit cards; plant a garden; learn to produce your own natural remedies from the plants nature provides; learn to homestead no matter where you live; get rid of the TV (or maybe just watch classic movies), support your local farmer or coop; assist the homeless; read books instead of electronic devices; get rid of the smart phone; teach yourself to cook, can or bake, and acquire life skills that Apps, “smart” phones and the modern era have thrown to the dust bin. The technology take-over of our lives is rapidly advancing, and we must do all we can to resist.

And as we resist, we forge on, celebrating and enjoying the bits of beauty from the past – whether it be the great composers of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others, novels written by the scattering of great novelists, jazz greats, the exceptional painters, the great thinkers, peacemakers and actual truth tellers.

And one can always take a break as Ignatius Reilly does in John Kennedy Toole’s novel, A Confederacy of Dunces:

“I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”

John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces


To end with a bit of beauty from Antonín Dvořák, we offer the following:

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Opus 46, No 4 in F Major

Photo credit:  By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Veronica Birmingham. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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