We have all seen the horrific news ad nauseam regarding mass shootings, mass suicides, mass hysteria, mass political gridlock, mass bailouts, mass fraud, amid mass human stupidity, ignorance and intolerance.
Because of the seeming lack of control, lack of moral leadership, lack of ethical leadership, lack of tolerance, lack of action, lack of common sense, lack of truly shared values, we the sheeple are left to cocoon ourselves at our favorite media device, plug in, and hope nothing happens to ourselves, our money, our property, our own moral compass.
As for me, I've listened for an adulthood of fifty years having been preached to, scolded, warned, cajoled, threatened about the evils of communism, greed, molesters, shysters, liberals, conservatives, tyrants, strangers, homosexuality, hell, heaven, money, poverty, drugs, bigotry, racism, ignorance, intolerance... all that is the human experience in the western world.
Now after those fifty years comes the opposite of all I've heard. We have a Marxist in the white house. Churches are protecting molesters. Religions are killing for their god. Liberals are now socialists. Conservatives are now considered uber-right wing. Some tyrants are better than others. Hell does not exist and neither does heaven. Poverty still exists after trillions of dollars spent to stop it. Drugs are in control of countries, governments, and cultures. Bigotry and racism are alive and well since legislation cannot control human passions molded by ignorance and intolerance. Lawyers control everything as they divide cultures, races, and beliefs.
At my plugged-in device, I search for data, information, lies, truth, and myths... anything that will help me formulate my own conclusions on any matter. And so, I approach the great Tower of Babel, the Internet, I find only the madness in print and video that I witness in the tightly controlled sound bites that pass for news.
I'm afraid to go out for fear of being a victim of senseless crime. I'm afraid to watch biased entertainment that passes as news. I'm afraid to socialize since I don't know who's about to go off due to someone's controlled demons now losing control due to a discussion in politics, religion, or government policies.
I cocoon myself more and more the older I get for fear of being a victim of a low life street predator or an overzealous police force. I trust less and less.
The problem is this: as I cocoon without settlement of any issue mentioned, without resolve, without peace of mind, without answers, I just build on the building blocks of angst, frustration, and anger until I realize that I am a quivering mass of stress, as I think we all are.
As a result, I am surrounded by people who are all capable of rage due to that last straw, that proverbial broken shoelace trigger.
I certainly don't condone rage lunacy, but I understand it.