A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Sometimes I think we’re living in the stupidest time period of all history and if we get any stupider we’re going start eating each other. And I’m not talking about ‘tell me the difference between fusion and fission” stupid; I’m talking about “stuck for an answer” stupid. Personally, I don’t care. The optimist in me says, “Saner heads will eventually prevail.” However, I do wish we’d stop running around congratulating each other and finally admit that most of the people who are supposed to know better never quite get their IQ above room temperature. It would make it so much easier for regular people to function and get a few things done.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I understand every human being has something to contribute to society. However, where’s the law that says every contribution is a positive one? Let me demonstrate. Remember that group project you did in high school. And remember that one jerk who did all the jawing but whose major contribution was wasting tons of time playing catch-up ‘cause mostly he didn’t bother to show up? And didn’t you end up doing most of his work for him ‘cause you knew he wouldn’t get it done? Wasn’t he the one who got the same B plus as you did? Any of this ring a bell? Now, broaden your outlook to the wider world. Remember, that same jerk graduated when you did, and, believe me, his diploma wasn’t a magic talisman that changed his entire personality! Look around you. There are way more of them out there than there are of us. Again, let me demonstrate.
It’s no secret that there’s a war going on in this world against women. Look in any direction but north and women are getting stomped on, beaten up, raped, killed and incinerated. Female teachers are being shot; female students are dodging bats, bullets and bags of acid just to go to school. And whatever you do, stay off the buses. In some parts of the world, women aren’t allowed to drive or even ride a bicycle. Generally, that’s a moot point though, because in many places, they aren’t allowed out of the house without a male escort anyway — and in others they’re not allow out at all. And here’s one for WTF logic: in more than one country, the penalty for rape is public stoning…to death…for the victim!
However, take a look at every “Women’s” magazine (paper or electronic) anywhere in the Western world, and what’s the top story? (You don’t even have to guess.) Right after “Get Organized, You Lazy Lump” and “How to Drive Your Man Crazy in Bed” – it’s Kim Kardashian’s New Year’s pregnancy dress. Yep, Kimmie and Kanye are going to have a baby! Stop the Internet: we’re going viral! Frankly, I don’t see what the big deal is. Did anybody really believe the King and Queen of Obnoxious could control themselves once they saw the Baby Making headlines Kate and William Windsor generated? Besides, what did everybody think she and Kanye were doing — playing Scrabble™ (Words With Friends™ if you’re under 30?)
My point is when the smartest business couple since Brad and Angelina go gunning for revenue at the bottom of the intellectual barrel, there’s got to be something to it. These two have been harvesting coin of the realm out of the proletariat for years. They know what they’re doing. They realized that our society has a limited vision of the world, and they’ve carved their lucrative niche out of it. They’ve marketed smut and anger (with a side order of drama) as if they were lowlife Happy Meals™ and made ga-millions of dollars doing it. I’m certain that Kim and Kanye will skank off into the sunset like Paris and Nicole did before them. However, until they do, their unquestioned celebrity is living proof that our society is on the verge of imploding under the weight of its own ignorance.
But what the hell do you expect from a world whose standard response to every statement from “Good morning.” to “Freddy Krueger just cut off my head with a chainsaw!” is “Awesome!”?