Where are we?
I mean where are “we”, as in the together “we”. The united we stand “we”. And yes, the collective (shock) “we”. The “Out of many, one” WE.
Where the Fuck are WE? Does that word even have meaning any more, besides the derogatory? Besides the disgust of the vox populi?
These are questions that I ask myself. Questions that seem to have been bypassed in our rush to individualism. Our rush to individual … What Greed? Appetites? Our carnivorous need to consume. Are we just consumers? Are we even that? Are we the consumption itself, embodied in each and everyone of us? Consume my brethren. Consume it all. Lavish your gluttony. Binge on all that is and ever was? Suck the marrow out of life. Choke on the bone. And then consume everything around the bone. Feast. Feast till your bellies are full … and beyond. Satiate your wants. Your appetite. Satiate yourself on all that is and ever was … and then continue ad naseum …
Someone once said “When is ever enough?” And the answer, “NEVER!”
These are just stray thoughts. And the excrement that results. Feast on it. Consume it. Let it fill you. It will NEVER be enough.
Where we not once the country of “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”?
Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation” – a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shank from this responsibility – I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour [sic] will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
“Ask not what your country can do for you”. “What together we can do for the freedom of man.” Those words inspired. They still inspire. But they are of a bygone America. An America of the whole; the betterment of all (egads “socialism”). An America that once was. And may never be again. Pardon the pessimism. But have we not become a country of ask what your country can do for you? And then take what you want when you can? Satisfy yourself. Shop? Consume? Devour? …
We have become individuals to the point of absurdity. What do we have in common anymore? A lot. But ask yourself, what would we admit to have in common? American politics and culture has become about why we are different. Why we are “better” than other Americans. I can buy more? I have more zeros in my bank account? My family can survive a serious medical emergency that would bankrupt your family? I have a God. and you are Godless? I love this country more than you do? I love this country so much I will destroy all of you? I am “better” than you?
What happened to WE? What happened to “am I my brother’s keeper”? What happened to “what happens to the least of us, happens to us all”? What happened to “if one gay person is attacked today, then today I too am gay, and will continue to be so until my brother, my sister, my son, my daughter are no longer attacked; I am gay today!” Not actually gay, but if they attack them, then they have to go through me too. What the Fuck happened to that?
I am not merely an individual. What happens to those around me happens to me. It affects me. What happens to those NOT around me, and in other states, and in other countries, happens to me. For we are all part of the human family. I mean WTF happened to that?
Are we all just individual dots on the game board of life. Wasn’t this once the United States of America. UNITED!!! Together? Common goals? We progress together? We travel down the same path? We suffer the same injuries? We triumph together? We laugh together? We cry together? WE …
I honestly don’t know.
I thought I would share some of my confusion about WTF happened to us. What happened to WE?
I honestly don’t know. But when it gets bad, let’s remember those who had it worse – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk. Those who came before us led the way. Not just for the past, but for the future as well. Demonstrations of freedom don’t need the corporate media. They don’t need money. They need only one thing – heart. Courage. Compassion. Decency. All that which makes us what we are and the greatness we could be. So my brothers and sisters, I ask you to look in your heart, and find that which makes us uniquely human – our humanity. And remember, there have been brave souls who have suffered the greatest injustice and crushing destruction, … AND THEY STILL ROSE!