This is a small point, gossipy and unworthy. But then I am depressed and unable to concentrate on worthy issues, on the big stuff, so….here we are. I often wonder at how people can justify contentment in this world. I often wonder at how people can justify not speaking out, yet alone yelling, at all of the worlds injustices, and by lending their voice, attempt to make things better. Depression, haha, is one reason. But that is temporary. (one hopes!) Despair and dependence and according to one poster at Dkos being …. Tired of all the Drama, are others.(I will not link, I am not trying to specifically call out this commenter. I use him as an example, more than anything personal. He is most likely a good person. But he is obviously a product of his environment. And it is that environment that is the problem…. but you can search if you want, lol) This person wrote a diary that complained, quote…
I love political news, but it’s so damn hard to read All the Drama – Perceived Drama, Feigned Drama, Invented Drama…… Even The Daily Kos recently had a major post about editing the Troll Drama.
Aren’t you folks just a wee bit tired of Everyone’s Drama?
All well and good, I guess. But then this comment struck a nerve. I guess it struck my ‘contentment nerve.’ The nerve that the “Obama’s Got This” people always strike, I guess.
Obama’s doing a great job. America is a strong, instead of fearful, a world leader again. There is a bold plan out there for the future, with a political majority that’ll make it happen.
After all….2 wars, global warming, high unemployment, 3 million foreclosures, homeless and hungry kids and vets, torture, a rapacious financial sector, insurance industry, and MIC, the fact that they own our government, continued discrimination against gays and minorities, and the fact that the gulf between the The Ruling Class and the rest of America gets larger everyday ….what is there to be dramatic about?
It struck the nerve that, much to their discomfort, just makes me want to yell even louder, to rouse ‘them’ from their contentment.
After all, YOU have a job, your house hasn’t been foreclosed, you haven’t lost a kid in the wars, you don’t know anyone who has been tortured, global warming isn’t affecting you, there are no homeless and hungry kids where you live, you have health insurance, you are not a second class gay citizen or minority, and the fact that the Ruling Class is growing obscenely rich off of all that doesn’t affect you at all!
The evil bad man is gone now, and everything is hunky dory, let’s just all go back to sleep! Why worry when the folks in DC have it all under control, we can trust them to solve all of our problems!
After all, they have our best interests at heart, right?
Call it fatigue or apathy or despair or whatever you want. Perhaps it is just a case of limited carrying capacity….
Which is fine.
Until these people start to complain about the …tone… or …whining… or …drama… or …wanting a pony… or …any of the other multitudinous ways that the people who are willing to do nothing but seek personal comfort or dependence….
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
…..on others to do the work of changing the world for them. They are unwilling, for whatever reason to raise their voice in protest….of anything except the tone, whining and drama of those actually protesting the many wrongs and problems of the world.
There attitude, to me seems to be saying …..If everybody would just calm down and trust our government, everything would be fine, Darn troublemakers and agitators! It’s so annoying when people try to change the world into a better place by being all dramatic!
As I say, this is an unworthy post, all I am doing is complaining about people complaining. Yet I have to say, it is these people, the people who are unwilling to Stand the Fuck Up and fight for those less fortunate, but are willing to use the same amount of energy to complain endlessly about those who DO stand up and at least try….that make me despair. Or get angry at the apathy and Yell Louder.
Though in this case, haha, I have to thank this person…for pissing me off! Responding to him has brought me back to life a bit after all the ….drama… that Real Life has provided me with lately.
I will end by reminding this person, and myself, that life IS drama. And pain. And suffering. And occasionally depression and despair. But these are not bitter things to be shunned, they, though bitter, are part of the rich feast of life. And that contentment is something to sought after the feast is over, not while the drama of the feast is laid out before us, offering the risks and rewards of fully experiencing it.