The biggest lie mankind has told itself and continually bases decisions on is that humans, for the most part, are rational beings. I dare you to sit and think of one thing mankind has done that has not been perverted, abused, or taken for granted. If mankind were rational, would we still have wars, murder, or rape? Would we have arguments over silly things because we no longer see what is really bothering us? Would there be greed, corruption, or lust? Our very irrational nature, do to the multitude of variables in our physical make-up, will eventually be our undoing. Not because we have them, but because we failed to learn to account for them. If we do not account for greed, corruption, hate, lust, violence, etc. in our governing processes, they will grow unchecked. To put it bluntly, humans are ruled by their emotions, which are in turn greatly affected by nature. Changes in our environment will change our own reactions because, like it or not, we will always be a part of it. Even more important, we are all connected in this world. There is nothing that you do that will not have an effect on everyone else in the world. Welcome to chaos theory 101. Thus, the irrational/emotional actions of someone in China will affect you and vice versa.
I am not a horror story or movie aficionado. They never turned me on especially the movies, since for the most part they telegraph their gotcha moments way to much. In addition, many seem to equate gore and violence with terror. For me terror is much deeper than that. One of the few books I have read that managed to creep me out a bit was “Mythago Woods” by Robert Holdstock and only at the beginning. It had to do with the separation of the protagonist from any kind of help when strange things are happening, the loss control over your fate. Having no way of seeking help when you are faced with something outside your abilities is unnerving.
Think of it this way; pretend you are on vacation with your beloved mate far from civilization and they are attacked by a wild cat at night. You have no weapon, no medical supplies or training, and no way to signal for help. You have to fight off the cat then find a way to save your loved one by getting them to help, all while the big cat stalks you. Worse yet, it is just you and a single-minded big cat miles from help. That is what gets me; however, conveying that on paper is difficult because a lot of the feeling rides on tension. The tension of the protagonist’s fear. The adrenaline surge that you have to create within your audience.
So far, this is an area of writing I have not tried tackling. Mainly because I don’t feel I have the ability to convey the emotion as I have with other areas. If you read my stories you will find a lot of sadness, some hope, humor, and thinking but only mild horror. I do have an idea bouncing around my head that I might share with you when I manage to tinker with it. I will use you as guinea pigs for my scary learning. Buahhhhhh, ha, ha.
Well, now that the Senate and Congress have shown their collective wisdom in overriding President Obama’s veto of the bill that allows families of those killed on 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia, I wonder how long it will be before other countries sue us? Will Iraq and Iran join forces to sue our country for supporting Sadaam Husien while he murdered his own people and used chemical weapons against Iran. Oh, you mean they probably forgot about our financial support of the insane dictator from Iraq during the Reagan Years. Huh! Well, how about Iran suing us for putting the Shah of Iran back in power and supporting his regime, which murdered and tortured many Iranians, all for cheap oil. Forgot that too. Well shoot! Do they remember backing the Contras in Nicaragua, the ones Reagan supported by selling arms to Iran? They were thugs in a lot of cases, committing atrocities with weapons purchased with American money. Wonder if Nicaragua has a case? Hey, do you think the American Indians should sue America for taking away their country, ruining their lands, and killing their people?
Just goes to show what happens when you put stupid greedy people into power. I hope the world sues us for breech of contract since we promised to stay on the gold standard if they would all tie their monetary values to our dollar and the billions of dollars they lost in the Banking Crisis of 2008. Yes they can sue the individual companies, but now that we opened the door for suing entire countries for the acts of the few, anything is fair game. I actually support this since I believe the American people have become too self righteous for their own good. The same kind of people that back this kind of legislation are the ones that would back Donald Trump.
We are innocent, we are the victims, and we have never done anything to deserve the violence done to us on 9/11. Wake up. When you look at our history in world affairs, we are nowhere near angelic. Yes, we have done good things, but so has every other culture. We have also done some very bad things, like every other culture. For God’s sake, the entire Bush Presidency could lead to thousands of lawsuits. For all the feel good, pulpit thumping politics of this legislation, the negatives are legion and could cost this country dearly without solving anything in the world. The bill will only serve to highlight our ever growing hypocrisy and the fact that if we consider Saudi Arabia accountable, as a country, for Bin Laden’s crimes then we are all accountable for the crimes I have mentioned here. If we are the Godly country so many like to rant about, then it is long past time we man up and take our lumps.
Hey gang, I am in need of some good spirits. My soul sucking corporate job is making mince meat out of me and robbing me of my personal life. Basically, the cheap ass company I work for has decided to roll to teams into one, taking about fourteen hours of store time into eight. Surprisingly, there are a lot of emails flying around about huge drops in client goals, which does not help when you are already struggling to just finish a store. In addition, I think I have mentioned that my health is not top-notch. I have thousands in medical bills piled up, have not had a raise in nine years (work load keeps increasing though), and the short-term disability insurance from work denied half of my claim. Oh, by the way, they were only covering 66% of my lost wages anyhow.
So, I could just use some good sentiments about what I share here about the America I see, about my artwork, or about the writings I have posted and am working on. My spirits are low, my frustration high, and my anger broiling. Encouragement from you concerning the content of this or other sites of mine would be so helpful right now. Let me know that I am not alone. I think we all could use a little companionship these days given the condition of our world and my country in particular.