Friday, June 02, 2017

8 Years Just Flew By!

I haven't even read the posts I wrote all those years ago. I'd probably be totally embarrassed by them, but I can't deny that I wrote them, so unless I notice something awful, I'll leave them.

I feel like I need to add my voice to the world. Narcissism is easy, so I'm going to indulge myself. Perhaps I can console myself by saying that no one would ever notice anyhow. But back to my point: we live in interesting times.

I grew up in an America where World War II was a not too distant memory. As a child I would play soldier knowing that the evil Germans were our enemy. Despite the fact that I was born in Los Angeles, I never really saw the Japanese in the same light that I perceived Germans. But even as a child, I understood that the greatest evil in the world were the Russkies. Those Russians were forced to live in a society where the government controlled everything they read, so they had no perception of the enlightened life we led in America.

Yet in the reality where I currently live, Americans have, to some extent, embraced leadership that's simultaneously stupid and evil. What I don't understand is how so many people who I otherwise respect could fall for such obvious crap. I live in Arizona, so being surrounded by conservatives is nothing new for me. While Obama was president, we passed SB1070 to remind people with brown skin that we don't trust them. Yet the easiest test of all, Donald Trump, pointed out the failure of critical thought in my state.

But that isn't anything new. If I come back to this after another eight year absence, perhaps I'll be able to note that the temporary aberration was much ado about nothing.

So let me change the subject. Today is the second day of June in 2017 which means the Roger Waters concert is only 12 days away. His new album dropped yesterday on iTunes. I'm listening now... for the second time. I would be interested in the album under any circumstances, but the impending concert has me actively studying the most recent work so I can intelligently discuss it when the show comes. Music is best when pain is involved. Roger Waters is the best pain merchant ever.

Enough thoughts for one day. Tune in tomorrow for musings on my passive aggressive housemate.

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