I am getting tired of water falling from the sky. When I was a child I found solace in rain, mostly because it was a time when I was permitted to huddle down and not deal with people. That should have been a warning of my incipient introversion except my mother is unable to process anything but her own ambitions and I didn’t know about introversion until I was in college.
Mostly now I huddle and try not to think of the possibility of damage to either property or person.
One of those few moments of not thinking about led me to consider if we are now in an age of disillusionment. I suspect it began when the Soviet Union collapsed without bringing nuclear winter to the planet. I haven’t given up on that fear yet, especially now that the administration is riddled with agents of the Tsar.
I also entertain that the disillusionment began earlier, about the time I learned about introversion, with the Vietnam Interaction. I call it that because in today’s environment of hate and entitlement I am not sure which is more akulturny, war or conflict. I do know we pitied those who went and fought and made vacuum heroes of those who hid in Canadia.
One of the things that seems to hold up best over the years is Sturgeon’s Rule. It seems to at least as useful and accurate as Newton’s “Laws.” Sturgeon tells us that 90% of everything is CRAP. What makes this valuable is that the rule is both temporal and spatial and multi-dimensional.
What it doesn’t tell us, however, is how to measure a lie. Is it the number of people who are fooled by it, or the number of people who leave it to fester. I wonder about this because I want to know who has the bigger lies, organized religion or the administration? I suspect the latter because they have been around for thousands of years while the administration has only been here a couple of years. But that reduces the matter to enumeration, not magnitude.
All of this is part and parcel of the disillusionment. Religion has been highly successful in making people stupid and hurt. Politics ditto. At least I suspect they are causative. But maybe the rule also applies to humans and 90% are mentally and/or physically CRAP. In which case the big meteor strike got the wrong animals.
When I was a kid, we had trust in American (and a few furrin) manufacturers. Now we can no longer trust the manufacturers of motorcars. Nor drugs. And as of yesterday, the manufacturers of sneakers. The question is whether we have become like the Communist countries and have to buy what is offered because there are no longer any choices, just bad goods.
Perhaps we should rename MalWart Gum?