Hello dear reader(s)!
Have you ever dealt with one of those people who just hates everyone? Who thinks humanity is just a plague that needs to be cleansed from the planet? Has dealing with them ever made you wonder why they just don’t start with themselves even though you hate the thought of someone actually committing suicide (with the exception of the Trump administration and his Congressional pets)?
I will admit, people can suck. We have done horrible things to each other, to animals, and to the environment we rely on to sustain us. People can be selfish, hateful, unfeeling, awful people. They can be.
And those awful people. those that drop chemical weapons, those that manufacture those weapons, those that covertly supply those weapons, those that then put on a multi-million dollar fireworks show in what they claim is a response to the use of those weapons but is really just an attempt to distract from the investigation of collusion between those awful people and those responsible for backing the use of those weapons… those awful people get a lot of attention.
However, there are many, many more of us. There are those who donate their own blood and organs to save strangers. There are those that work tirelessly to ensure that people have a place to sleep and food to eat. There are those who rescue unwanted and abused animals saved from the kinds of awful people that are currently getting all the attention.
The word “awful” has to be put in front of people when I write of the awful people because to call them simply people is to assign a humanity to them which they are clearly lacking. I don’t have to put the word “good” in front of people to say that most people do not suck.
People have power. People are being misled by awful people into thinking they do not. People are being turned into awful people by the awful people in order to keep them from retaking the power that rightfully belongs to them.
Prior to the United States Civil War, then Presidential nominee Abraham Lincoln famously said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. The awful people know this and are using it to break the will of the people.
They feed us stories of tragedy and terror. Fear and suffering. Hatred and evil. A constant twenty-four hour barrage of information analyzed and justified by paid pundits to do one thing and one thing only… keep the people from seeing that most of us, just want to live in peace and take care of themselves and their loved ones. That most people do not suck. That if we could all understand who is keeping us from a better life in peace, things would change very rapidly.
At the end of a news segment, you have one short story about something good. A puff piece designed to cover their agenda. A way to pretend they have balance in their coverage.
Most news stories aren’t even useful news. Rarely does a news entity cover who is backing a candidate’s run for office, what they received in donations, how those donations corresponded to their votes, what bills are being presented at state and local levels that receive bi-partisan support, or anything else that will help to keep an informed citizenry.
Instead, the news is filled with stories designed to scare you. Shootings. Bombings. A conveniently placed next story about refugees or immigration and then you have people fearing those who they need not fear. You do not hear about how sociopathic someone must be to fire hundreds of millions of dollars in cruise missiles to boost their poll numbers while cutting programs to help people eat. You do not hear about how absolutely evil someone must be to drop bombs on a country because their government massacres them while leaving our doors closed to those who flee. You are fed stories designed to make you fear the man on your block or the poor person in another country, instead of the people who can and will order the deaths of hundreds of people because they are where your buddies want to build an oil pipeline.
People do not suck. People are awesome. People are powerful. Awful people suck. Right now, the awful people are winning because they are successfully convincing some people that the threat is the people just trying to get by like themselves, and not the ones who are pulling all the strings.
The problems aren’t created by the poor people. They aren’t created by the middle class or the upper-middle class; they aren’t even created by the rich. But the ultra-rich in this world, I can guarantee you, have done some very horrible things to amass that amount of wealth. No matter how they try to make up for it on the back-end with their foundations (even if most are just for publicity), they never would have gotten there without destroying lives. By holding onto so much of it, they destroy even more.
People don’t suck. People are being forced to compete for the scraps left behind by the awful people. They are forced to undercut each other to sell their labor for nothing more than a chance at survival. People become desperate, and may do some things that suck. But people, in general, do not suck.
Awful people suck, and one day, I sincerely hope that people raid their palaces and suck away all of their ill-gotten gains.
And then I’ll be okay with those people who think people suck.