The earth is still here, the water is still here. And we are still here.
Billy Tayak (Piscatawan)
Why are we still here? Revenge, road rage, kidnappings, murders, the dumbing down of students, the banning of books, stupid, damaging decisions by our courts and congresses, poverty, deprivation, instituted opposition to all progress, suicide bombers, terrorism, torture, weapons of mass destruction, the hydrogen bomb. Why haven't we blown ourselves up long before this? And how close are we to doing it today?
The fact that we are still here is an energy cell of hope. Why hasn't some irrational fellow said "Let's push the button to begin the final war, just to teach people a lesson." Why didn't the invasion of Iraq, the destruction of the World Trade Center or the rise of Al Qaeda start the Big One?
I have heard a lot of interesting (and some bizarre) reasons given from various sources, but I have yet to hear one that satisfies my yearning to know.
Let's say, for the sake of discussion, there are two types of humans. There's a giant tug of war going on. The A team is comprised of reasonable, intelligent, compassionate, positive, forward thinking, humanitarians who seek health, bounty, security and a good life for themselves and their fellow creatures, The B team is comprised of the vicious, unfriendly, untrustworthy, negative, dishonest, ignorant, backward thinking, fanatical, bullies and other morons, who seek to get the better of others and have a constant dislike for everyone but themselves. In between them the rope is wrapped around the neck of civilization. Who's going to win the contest?
We won't know if the B team wins because, if they do, we'll all go up in a puff of smoke. To the victor belongs the spoiled. That's a depressing thought. But also depressing is that if the A team wins, the tug of war will still go on because other morons will come along to fill up the gap, pick up the rope and start tugging again.
The only answer I can see for such a scenario is if enough good people, the intelligent, benevolent seekers for the triumph of humanity get up and join the team. grab the rope and don't let the careless, mindless destroyers have their revenge.
These are serious times, my friends and fellow journalists. You know, if you are a regular reader of Vagabond Journeys, that I avoid polemics as much as possible. But this country is in a mess and the forces that are trying to clean up the mess and restore the nation to a healthy state are being vigorously opposed by forces which are trying to prevent it, the destroyers, the setters up of barricades and idols of stagnation. That opposition comes in a great part from ignorance. But whether it's simple irrationality or gross malevolence it makes no sense and it must be countered every moment by the A team. Complacency won't do.
I know which side I'm on. My frail and feeble fingers are graspomg the rope on the A team side.. Join me.
DB - Vagabond Journeys
Tomorrow: Relinquishing the bad.