David Bowie is not American

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…

To 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….

-jrb

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One Response to David Bowie is not American

  1. jennbenn18 says:

    Ok, I just read this quote for the first time and weirdly, it felt like a response from the universe to this last blog post. It also sort of made me feel like an asshole…
    Enjoy…

    “True, we are often too weak to stop injustices; but the least we can do is protest against them.
    True, we are too poor to eliminate hunger; but in feeding one child, we protest against hunger.
    True, we are too timid and powerless to take on all the guards of all the political prisons in the world; but in offering our solidarity to one prisoner, we denounce all the tormentors.
    True, we are powerless against death; but as long as we help one man, one woman, one child live one hour longer in safety and dignity, we affirm a human’s right to live.” -Elie Wiesel

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