Sunday, May 13, 2012

There Will be a Reckoning

"I am Gotham's reckoning."
(Line from The Dark Knight Rises final trailer)
What a pleasant title for a Sunday, right?  I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine a few days ago, and we revisited the subject of the concept of a Type 1 civilization, something that I wrote about in an article titled "Has Civilization Peaked."

We came to the conclusion that we're already starting to see the signs of humanity moving towards a type 1 civilization, those signs chiefly manifesting in the form of globalization.  Both he and I agreed that the only way we'll survive as a species is to become a type 1 civilization.  But what does that take?

For starters, it means that all of you actually have to be tolerant.  Yes, that means that you actually have to practice what you preach.  For a lot of you, freedom means that you're free to be a heterosexual Christian conservative who believes that we all must cede our reproductive rights to the government.  After all, the government knows what's best in terms of what to do with the babies growing in women's bellies, right?

Some of you think that tolerance means a huge crock of horseshit like affirmative action, or calling every white guy ever a racist.  It also means that it's totally acceptable to call theists morons, and we must all view Conservatives as the great enemy to human progress.  Also, tolerance apparently means that we're supposed to suspend reality just so other people can be happy.  Let's allow boys to be in the girl scouts, just because they have a serious psychological condition that causes gender confusion.

And these same people think that the debt system is still a good thing.  Apparently it's asinine to be fiscally responsible in your own home let alone imposing that standard on the government.  Sure, we should all live beyond our means.  Credit fixes the wage probelm. 

Despite the fact that government spending and debt in Europe has been astronomical for years, the solution to their problems, and ours, is clearly to continue on with the same practices that created the problem!  Yes!  Thank Christ we've got all of these super-enlightened liberals who clearly see the path to prosperity!

Well you're all wrong, and there will be a reckoning.  Your generation (my parents' generation) and the generation before you (my grandparents' generation) royally fucked up this country, let alone the planet.  America has become a festering shit hole that bears remarkable resemblance to ancient Rome at the height of its decadence.

"Jack, now you're sounding like an anti-American liberal!"  Well, sometimes the truth hurts, doesn't it?  Consider this: we live in a country where people can eat themselves to death.  Not only can they eat themselves to death, but there are people who capitalize on their gluttony.  There are people who weigh upwards and over 500 pounds.  They'll eat four pizzas in one sitting, meanwhile poor children in Africa are starving to death.

That fat piece of shit couldn't be bothered to spare one bite for those suffering children.  And it's not just the gluttony that's killing us, it's the overwhelming greed and lust for power that's bringing us down.  "Greed is good," Gordon Gecko said in Wallstreet, and although people watched and said to themselves "what a horrible imaginary place that must be," they didn't realize that it wasn't imaginary.

If God hates America, this would be near the top of the list
of reasons why.
There are no disinterested politicians.  They've made careers off of being reelected, and they've all got you snowed.  They've got you believing that they actually give a shit about hope and change, about making America great again.  Well, newsflash: they don't care.  They profit off of everything being broken.

So when will this reckoning come?  It will happen when my generation has its turn to take power.  Someday, men and women from my generation will start getting elected to Congress.  Someday, someone from my generation will be elected president.  Sure, there is no shortage of morons in my generation, but there's enough smart people around to fix everything you have fucked up.

We will right your wrongs.  We will fix the things that you fucked up.  We will change the world.  And many of you will sit in your chairs lamenting the "good old days," before your sons and daughters "let the world go to hell."  And you know what we'll do?  We'll laugh, because we know that you all were too blinded by your hatreds, prejudices, intolerance, and retarded ideas to realize that the world doesn't have to remain in this stinking pool of degredation that you've imposed upon it.

Your time is nearing its end, and when it's over, there will be a reckoning.


Silverfiddle said...

"We will change the world."

No you won't. Sit down and have another beer.

It was an enjoyable rant, though...

Joe Markowitz said...

Are you sure that excessive debt was the cause of our financial crisis?

Jersey McJones said...

Joe brings up a great point. This debt we have today is a symptom, not a cause.

Silver, you're wrong. We Gen-Xers are sick and tired of the same shit you cons have been spewing since the sixties. We libs grew up and got past the sixties, seventies, and eighties, 20+ years ago, but you cons are still stuck in the same shit: the commies, the liberals and progressives, the atheists, the protectionists, the one-worlders, and now, of course, the Muslims!!! Blah blah blah...

None of those groups have ever held any significant power in the history of humanity. Yes, they slowly but surely, over generations, have had their impact, but to say they hold sway at any given time is a lie in and of itself.

The changes we will see from this current generation may just be quite unique, as Jack writes. An acceptance of gay people would be a great start. Then maybe a realistic way of dealing with immigration and citizenship, ending the war on ___ whatever the fuck we want to have a war on at any given fuckin' time. How's about no more even tariffs with totalitarian regimes? No? Too little for you conservatives?

Silver, when you really start talking like a patriot, I'll believe it. But this endless Reaganite bullshit just sucks.


Silverfiddle said...

Jersey, I'm also Gen X. And I wonder who you're arguing with.

This generation is going down the same path as previous ones. Accepting gays (which I support) doesn't do one damned thing to bring down the debt or improve the economy.

I myself have come out with many anti-war blog posts, and I do not gratuitously bash Islam. So, I don't know who the hell you are arguing against.

You're like one of those booze-addled homeless people staggering down the sidewalk arguing with imaginary demons.

Silverfiddle said...

But I do agree with you on one thing, Jersey: Debt is a symptom. It's a symptom of spending money you don't have.

KP said...

Love this opinion piece, Jack. One of your best. Nobody escapes your sharp criticism and that is the way it should be.

When I listen to my girls (age 25 and 21), they get it, like you do. You will step up because you are incredibly tough. I am sorry you will have to bear such a burden. Thank you in advance.

"emptyness all ...
tomorrows haunted by your ghost ...
black gives way to blue ... "

Alice In Chains

Jersey McJones said...

"You're like one of those booze-addled homeless people staggering down the sidewalk arguing with imaginary demons."

WTF man!

That's nasty.

If you think I'm booze-addled or stupid, then you MUST be projecting some problem of your own.

I worked in international trade, I've seen the ten-to-one imports-to-exports flowing into OUR FUCKING COUNTRY.

Now. You explain that to me, Mr. Capitalist.


Jack Camwell said...

KP, thank you for the encouragement!

Joe, no, I'm not saying that excessive debt was the cause for the crisis. A combination of things got us to the point we're at now, but I am saying that excessive debt has done more to exacerbate the problem than it has to solve it.

Silver, "Sit down and have another beer?" That's the attitude that I'm talking about, this idea that nothing ever changes for the better, and that we "kids" just don't know what we're talking about.

You're right Silver. My generation should just quietly sit by as the "adults" handle all of the worlds problems. Because it's clear that the people who've caused all the problems, and profit off of them for that matter, will be the ones to solve the problems.

Silverfiddle said...


You're like one of those booze-addled homeless people staggering down the sidewalk arguing with imaginary demons.

It is a simile.

And Jack, I apologize for being so negative, but you did get pretty hyperbolic there at the end.

Yes, there will be a reckoning, but it will be caused by our economy crashing, not a group of the XBOX generation taking over.

Anonymous said...

A Pict Song

Rome never looks where she treads.
Always her heavy hooves fall,
On our stomachs, our hearts or our heads;
And Rome never heeds when we bawl.
Her sentries pass on — that is all,
And we gather behind them in hordes,
And plot to reconquer the Wall,
With only our tongues for our swords.

We are the Little Folk — we!
Too little to love or to hate.
Leave us alone and you’ll see
How we can drag down the State!
We are the worm in the wood!
We are the rot at the root!
We are the taint in the blood!
We are the thorn in the foot!

Mistletoe killing an oak —
Rats gnawing cables in two —
Moths making holes in a cloak —
How they must love what they do!
Yes — and we Little Folk too,
We are busy as they —
Working our works out of view —
Watch, and you’ll see it some day!

No indeed! We are not strong,
But we know Peoples that are.
Yes, and we’ll guide them along,
To smash and destroy you in War!
We shall be slaves just the same?
Yes, we have always been slaves,
But you — you will die of the shame,
And then we shall dance on your graves!

We are the Little Folk — we!
Too little to love or to hate.
Leave us alone and you’ll see
How we can drag down the State!
We are the worm in the wood!
We are the rot at the root!
We are the taint in the blood!
We are the thorn in the foot!

~ Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Submitted by You Ought to Know Who by Now