Living in a time such as ours, I don't know what to print to appease. What the next, un-touched or over-done periodical piece of nonsense is to reflect on.
The monstrousness of the past and the premonitions of the future don't speak as easily as they once did to those we read and absorb and look to for answers and insight. Where is it we can go now? It seems like all they have said, and all that they tell us, is nothing we can't learn or predict for ourselves anyway...But it still has a way of making us feel we didn't arrive at the conclusions or ideas on our own, that we were lead to those conclusions and ideas by invisible hands and discarnate voices.
Is it harder now for us, or easier? Are we smarter than ever before, or just as bright, if not less than, the temple builders of centuries ago?
Questions that pester the succeeding generations now more than ever.
It's a disparate and discrete inundation of self-awareness that will force us to become the robots we were warned would rule the earth. Is there no way to turn it all back and act like the last hundred, thousand, hundred-thousand, million and billions of years never really happened? Convince ourselves that we are not the children of ages that told us to adhere to, or be consumed by, cultural bias and out-dated historical abstractions that have been patched up and modified by successor after successor after successor. Or how about convincing ourselves that we are individual free-thinkers that are going to make the world a better place, better than any generation before us could? Do we have sufficient enough data to back that up?
I'd like to believe it, of course. But there's too much requited heresy all over the planet for that. Admit it already. <Watch your mouth, but speak your mind.> <Treat people with respect, but do whatever it takes to succeed.><Keep your chin up, but don't get your hopes up.>
When did the human race stop adapting? Now it's more like conform, compromise, consume or be ostracized and destroyed. I wonder if all those anti-Darwinists out there are consciously stalling the progression of the human race to prove a point. They've read the articles, tried to discredit the progenitors, but they refuse to roll with it. Why is totally up to them. Personal preference, prerogative, all that crap. I don't want to listen to the arguments anymore. I've tried. They don't get very far when it comes to Sagan's "Baloney Detection Kit". But again, is any of this new?
I say fuck it. Live now and die. Just like they did. Force through the righteousness until we fall apart and can't lift one last finger to open the medicine cabinet...Whatever the concoction is we need to survive.
Give, and go to, all the self-help talks and reassurance seminars as possible. Just as long as the video games and television shows and movies have enough tits and gore and love and war, explosions and sex, suspense and drama and controversy and scandal...All the vicarious ecstasy that we can handle so that we don't have to actually go out and seek on our own, for real. Blast us full of gratification. Let us taste the fruit without the guilt of speaking to the snake in the first place. Fuck that goon, that peer-pressuring bully bastard. What say does it have? None. Kill that fucker dead on sight. It has no right to scare us or tempt us into anything, anyhow. Not if we can have it all for the today-only-special price (get it while supplies last). But still, lots let that biblical-times/modernly-stylized metaphor lick ear and assuage temptation not easily told to go fuck itself, and that there's no vacancy here.
Fuck the fiats.