Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Depressing Look From Scipio

Note I don't think things are this bad, but my confidence in any action that will change the present economic and political climate is very low. I often think we'll be seeing a change toward the utopia that Yevgeney Zamyatin wrote of in his book We. I don't see 1984 coming about, mainly because the people would fight back against tyranny sooner or later in this country. But give them a nice soft pillow, lots of drugs and sex and you own the world.

This comes from The Return of Scipio.

Our archeologist, while rummaging among the ruins of our fallen civilization, met a ghost from the long dead race of Americans. The wraith boasted much about what we had been as a people.

We died in the hundreds of thousands to end slavery here and around the world.

We invented Jazz.

We wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg address.

We went to the moon to see how far we could hit a golf ball.

We lifted a telescope into orbit that could see to the edge of the universe.

When people snuck into the country against our laws, we made parking lots and food stands off to the side of the road so they wouldn’t get hurt, and we let them use our hospitals for free, and we made their children citizens.

We didn’t care what God you worshipped as long as we could worship ours.

We let the People arm themselves at will. Just to make sure.

We gave everybody the vote.

We built Disneyworld. Just for fun.

We had a revolution so successful it was still going strong two and a quarter centuries later.

We had so many heroes, even at the end, that we felt free to hate them and burn them in effigy.

We electrified the guitar.

We invented a music so compelling that it rocked the world.

The archeologist asked, “If you accomplished all of this, then why did your nation collapse?” The ghost answered, “Because we went insane.”

“Please explain.”

The ghost took a breath and said,
Read the rest. It isn't perfect, but it's in the 10 ring.

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