The new universe diverges from the old
by Mike Meyer
The meaning gap is widening. What was growing anxiety and conflict over lies and truth has evolved past discussion. The past two weeks have brought us to alternate universes paying homage to a true queen of American culture and a long term politician who will be ever remembered for taking Sarah Palin seriously.
Interestingly these two worlds did not appear to conflict in anyway. The only reason that John McCain was given state honors is that among the shrinking number of inhabitants of that universe the old mainstream media are included. No one else, other than his family and Joe Biden, gave a shit. And, I’m sure Joe Bidden basically loves everyone.
Aretha Franklin was a true cultural leader who influenced a vast number of people over the last sixty years. She transformed our way of understanding and respecting women, particularly working women, and black Americans in general in ways that have, so far, influenced three generations.
John McCain succeeded in proving that he felt compelled to a minimal level of honesty when it had no effect on his own goals but had no problem in wallowing in the filth of moral collapse represented by American political failure and the Republican Party in its last stage.
He was a required hero in the his universe because people who were prisoners of war must be heroes no matter how stupid or brutal the war they agreed to do goes down in history. It also doesn’t matter that he was never smart enough to question the bullshit that promoted war after war for the benefit of an ugly oligarchy. After all he had to receive his due or people might not support all the wars. He did what he was told and took what he could get.
He will be forgotten but Aretha Franklin will not.
This illustrates the distance between the shrinking, twisted world of twentieth century decaying nation states, and the emerging world of planetary culture. Borders between alternative visions of the universe are sites of conflict and outrage between inhabitants of both who find that they cannot understand the other. Truths are denied and facts are ignored because the truths of the old are no longer valid in the new. This is what has broken down and is moving us quickly apart.
We, unfortunately, have a failing political system that is, effectively, committed to an earth centric universe claimed by people who speak what may as well be ancient Sumerian. The physical laws of their universe are known to be wrong. (No offense to the ancient Sumerians and their language as they did the best they could with what they had at the time.)
Their heroes are mythical beings that appear to have been worshipped for either greed or bigotry except on rare occasions when frightened by near death experiences. Otherwise, in the way of most ancient gods and heroes, they were assholes. Those exceptions seem to have produced the total output of one ‘sermon on the mount’. The assholes could never figure out how to eliminate that one completely so they declared it religion which makes it irrelevant.
The problem is that we are now at a stage when we are beginning to lose interest in the increasingly bizarre ‘old universe’. It is simply far too tiring trying to keep up with the opportunists milking the folks that can’t figure out what happened to the medieval horror story they called home. It had to be bulldozed to make way for the new planetary world and that is not an option but a requirement for us to survive. Sometimes big change must happen.
Sadly we still need to pay attention to the old world because the assholes in it locked themselves into political power and are not dying fast enough. That’s a bit of an ironical curve ball as the emerging new universe has make it possible for them to hang on.
So we are going to have to deal with this in a way that minimizes pain and suffering while preventing the bizarre assholes from destroying too much more. We are kind of on the edge now with only a few years to prevent major escalation of global climate crisis.
Even though it is strange, disgusting, and boring with everything else going on as part of a very exciting new universe, we need to clean the mess that is the ruins of the old.