The water is boiling.
For the past year and a half the water has been simmering in a pot with a low fire. As the temperature of the water has finally reached the boiling point – the water is boiling.
The hatred, the mistrust and the divisive talk show hosts have been the ones who have turned the knob of the stove to help cause this boiling point.
The right blames the left and the left blames the right; the ones in middle are left like children in a bad divorce, to fend for themselves and to wonder if there is any way to go home again.
The media is biased to the point of irritation and driven to increase the ratings have elevated the amount of hatred and anger to new levels. Everyone from late night talk show hosts, who claim to be the “good guys,” to the pontificating radio talk show hosts who claim that everyone is wrong because they are “right,” are to blame. They should be charged with inciting riots of hatred, bigotry and for ringing the division bells across the country.
No telling of the news as the news unfolds – but always throwing in political jabs, right, left, right, left until the viewer is knocked into a stupor of opinions based on the channel they chose to watch.
We live in a time of lazy knowledge – not fake news as both sides tend to call it. People are simply too lazy to think for themselves so they have CNN or FOX tell them what to feel.
People are so used to being spoon-fed facts, figures and data that they will believe and take for the gospel everything that is thrown at them from the hosts desk on Colbert or Hannity.
They don’t think for themselves these generations of entitlement and luxurious vacations. They vote not with their conscience but with the conscience of the masses despite the fact that the masses are, so often, asses.
This is not about the twenty somethings – this is about each and every generation that is part of the pulsating media, social and otherwise. Each one has the podium, but not many speak their own mind. Hatred is the great uniting force which is needed – but isn’t love just as strong?
So, my point?
Start again. We have all failed so its time to go back to the beginning – kindergarten. From here I am pasting Robert Fulghum wonderful poem, ―
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”