I think we have reached the saturation point…or else it’s another sign that my retirement, which is now in its unbelievable 12th year, has taken me out of the mainstream and numbed my senses. So what is it I’m trying to say here? I guess, and I am guessing because I am not sure how to express the point I am trying to make, but it’s a feeling I have that we’re all in a state of malaise right now.
The symptoms are things like apathy, laziness, unmotivated, lethargy…stuff like that. We’re in a daze. Nothing is like it used to be. We just went through a major holiday weekend and it was seemingly like any other weekend. True, there were sales at the stores, some parades in parts of the country where it wasn’t raining and the President spoke for hours at Arlington Cemetery. And, oh yeah, my annual posting discussing the loss of the meaning of Memorial Day ran in this blog space for the third year. But through the past three days, it seemed that there was no special awareness, no sense of excitement or out-of-the-norm alertness that something was different about this weekend. Did anyone take a moment to think about all the dead soldiers who paid the ultimate price so we could enjoy the stupor we’re in?
I’m convinced, the country is swingin’ gently in a hammock, not giving a hoot about what’s going on in the world, not giving much of a damn about anything really. The media has overwhelmed us with so much breaking news that it’s broken are spirit. It has turned our give-a-damn juices that once ran like racing rivers into sludge that burps up an occasional bubble in our bloodstreams.
Oh look, there’s another natural disaster with video of the devastation; oh something inappropriate and scary has occurred at the white house again; oh some major group of the population is marching and has developed a slogan about the oppression they’ve been through—they even have a nifty logo; oh there go Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer—what is it you say they all do? Oh, and did you hear there’s been another nutcase running around with a high-powered rifle shooting students and teachers in some school. Did you miss any of that? Not to worry. It’s all rolling in an endless loop on our media channels and if there is anything breaking about it, it’s us that it’s broken.
We have grown numb, brain dead, pissed off, uncaring….tired. Turn off that news stuff. Hey, put on that reality show that really isn’t. That should be funny…or would you rather says yes to the dress, no to the bachelorette or maybe watch Andy Griffith reruns? Tell me what is it that you want? How can I get us started again. How do we reignite the spark. Anybody see the torch we’re supposed to be running with from town to town?
The country, I sense, is in time-out. Please do not disturb. We need a break because we are breaking, disintegrating…melting. Hey, did you know there’s a new Gong Show coming on and they’re also reviving Deal or No Deal with Howie Mandel? Which suitcase do you think has the million bucks in it? Yeah, I agree, now this is exciting…and isn’t it great that Howie can hug people now!