I am sure that I am not the only American who feels completely disconnected with the current state of my country. I have felt this way for decades, and despite a brief brush with patriotism following the 2008 elections, I am again deep in the made-in-America quicksand of embarrassment, anger and confusion.
I want to be part of the crusade for change and healing. I want to be part of the riot. Yet, that movement seems to do a lot of spinning its wheels under the giant weight of the machine. There is an infection of cultural narcissism that has burrowed under our skin. We are asleep under a blanket of intolerance. And there are malicious, greedy titans deeply invested in keeping us powerless and apathetic.
Its so hard to find clarity from within a situation. Often it takes an outsider to tell you what the fuck is up. Clearly, in this situation, David Bowie is one of the great explainers.
Who needs Nostradamus? David Bowie is truth.
We went from here…
And now, here…
I too, am afraid of Americans. Not the ones who live in TRUE America; the place where actual democracy, possibility, and understood interdependence of peoples exist. But the Private Idaho where we, as Americans, seem to be losing our heads and our minds and our souls in 2011.
I feel the need to apologize by affiliation alone. But to whom exactly? Other Americans who are getting the short end of the extreme closeup on closed mindedness? To other countries who are looking at us and screaming silently – “WTF, YOU GUYS?” To the future generations who will have to sweep and mop and scrub up all of these messes?
I long for clarity and momentum towards positive change. I would like very much to overcome my feeling of helplessness. I’m not quite at hoplessness however, so there is some light peeking through the muck. (B”H)
Bless you Bowie. Please keep us posted….