“A depraved culture supports a depraved politics and vice versa.” Ilana Mercer
The Winter chill is in the air, space heaters have been placed in those cold spots in the house that can never be too warm. Long underwear has been readied to keep the body warm, and snow shovels, gloves, scarves and Winter jackets are all out of hibernation. We prepare for the season ahead – at least some of us do.
And yet, the average American hasn’t a clue of much of anything outside the weather, and even then, folks here where I live will still go out and about wearing shorts, flip flops (ugh) and only a t-shirt to purchase a half gallon of almond milk and plastic container of tofu in order to ward off the weekend nasty’s.
Consider the following:
- The average American household has only 2.75 people, but 3 TVs and 6 Internet devices.
- The average American family spends more money each month on media consumption than on groceries or electricity.
- The average American consumes 12-15 aggregate hours of digital media per day.
- The average American child consumes more than 10 hours of digital media per day.
- The average American smartphone is checked every 6-12 waking minutes.
- 70% of Americans binge view. – via activistpost.com
Jesus, Mary and Joseph! All the information available to us and we choose to languish in sub-mediocrity.
It is no wonder that few know that half a million have been killed by America’s global war on terror, or that our children are being exposed to 10,000 chemicals through the food they eat, or that the mainstream media fills their airwaves with half truths, lies and propaganda and so few give an actually f*** about it all.
We continue to allow ourselves to be lab tests of the borg.
Indeed…lab rats racing through a maze – what all good and obedient citizens have become. For if I can binge view hour after hour of tripe sucking the life out of my soul, I haven’t a thought or care about truth, lies, propaganda, nor of my neighbor, my family or myself. I am of the “borg” – content, stupid, uninformed, and pacified with the guano presented to me in mind-numbing soundbites of lies and idiocy.
Once upon a time, many years ago, there was taste, culture, and an appreciation of that which lifts the heart and soul beyond themselves.
While we still can, let’s waltz – holiday style, with tastefulness and beauty.
If only we might each stand steadfast for truth, beauty, kindness, empathy and love – what wonder might await humanity.
Tonight’s musical offering:
Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker – Waltz Finale & Apotheosis
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