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Resolutions, Tsunamis and Anarchy

Even though I think New Year's resolutions are pretty stupid, because no one ever really commits to them, I'm going to make an attainable goal for myself this year. This year I'm going to actually meet 5 LJ friends in person. I've done pretty well at this so far. I've met quite a few in person but I'm sorely lacking actual meetings on the west coast and i'm going to make an attempt to resolve that. I recently added lauramander to the list of those I have met and actually, I have to say, I've not really met a single one that I couldn't stand to be around again. Most of them, I'd love to spend much more time with.

Something pissed me off about the tsunami stories yesterday. It was on Good Morning America. They had just done this story on this American doctor who had lost a daughter in the wave. There were three kids and one daughter and the son had made it to safety in spite of being swept along with the water. They had been searching and the cameras were rolling when they found a photo of the missing daughter on the bulletin board of one of the temples acting as a temporary morgue. They were talking about how they had lost the mother to cancer the year before. Pretty much broke my heart. Then the very next story was anounced by Charley Gibson as "and next we will update you on the Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Model who fought to survive the wall of water." And I really had to ask myself, who gives a good goddamn whether this chick was a swimsuit model or not. Are we so jaded already on this story that we have to talk about minor celebrities in order to bring continued interest to the story? Did Sport's Illustrated somehow give her special training on tsunami survival or something? She's somone's daughter or sister or mother or wife who was lucky enough to survive where hundereds of thousands of others lost their lives. That's the story damnit! Her being a swimsuit model had nothing to do with it. Maybe Charley thinks the water god saw her out there in the water being pretty for the camera and decided that a perfect piece of ass like that had no business being killed because there are far too few good pieces of ass in the world. That's how water gods think right? Damn they piss me off sometimes.

And since I'm bitching already. While I was in NC, shooting this old house, I came across the inevitable Anarchy symbol painted on the wall of a barn. It's either that, a pentagram or 666 you know. And I started thinking about the posers that put these symbols on things. I say posers because most people who are really comitted to an idea don't really have the need to go around spray painting the symbols on random structures. It's just someone's lame attempt at shock value. Most people who get behind the idea of Anarchy as a societal system, I think don't have the first clue about what true anarchy would really mean for the individual. They seem to think that they would someohow be immune from the violence and chaos that would occur. Or at least that whenever they were tired of participating in it, they could somehow step back and not be affected. I'm sure a lot of us have seen situations that turned into total anarchy. But over time and given some distance, most situations like that tend to fix themeslves somehow or at least get to a state of relative peace even if the situation that started it is really not resolved. Especially around elections I hear people getting disgusted with our government and suggesting that anarchy might be the way to go. To those people I pose the question, "OK what comes next?" Because as bad as things might get, there are still small comforts that we take for granted will always be there. People tend to think if the goverenment was overthrown and no one was in charge and everyone just did what they wanted to do that you could somehow still have something you could count on. It doesn't work that way folks.




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Jan. 4th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
Welcome back. You tell such wonderful stories. Glad to hear you came through your trip no worse for wear.
Jan. 4th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
Good to see you back too. I heard the holidays didn't treat you so well.

Jan. 4th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
*claps, hoots, and hollers*
Jan. 4th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you dear.

Jan. 4th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
I have no desire whatsoever for an anarchy style system. I can't imagine it leading to anything other than a might-makes-right world, and frankly I don't want to sit up nights on watch guarding the house, thankyouverymuch. I think you're absolutely right about the copout, as well - you don't like the government? DO something about it! Suggesting anarchy rule is giving up and not even trying to make a different.
Jan. 4th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
What really gets to me is not so much the folks that have gotten out there and tried to make a difference but the young folks who haven't even tried and what's more, don't even want to try. They just want to overthrow rather than try to improve what they already have. I see a lot wrong with what we have but I think there is also a lot that's right. We just need to learn to work the system the way it's supposed to be worked rather then advocating all our responsibilities to our representatives and then bitching when our rights are eroded. Yeah, I've had enough sleepless nights in unsafe places, holding on to a gun or a baseball bat and waiting for someone to invade my space.

Jan. 4th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 4th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
I had an exchange with an "anarcho-capitalist" once on LJ once, and I have to say, it was probably the least productive or pleasant exchange I've had in this medium. When I questioned how the poor and disabled would be cared for, he said that people would happily give more to charity once the government stopped stealing from them, so private charities would take care of all that. When I suggested that while it sure is a beautiful idea, humanity IS rather flawed and people will do bad things without any controls if we get rid of all laws, I was accused of being a "people-hater" who didn't believe humanity could progress or improved. Since he was becoming increasingly hostile ("You don't know anything!!!") I was pretty much dissuaded from ever trying to have that kind of conversation again.

When I was a punk rock teenager I sure did think that anarchy symbol was cool. And truth be told, I've known some committed anarchists who were really good people, just... young. But old, crusty anarchists are scary.
Jan. 5th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
None of them seem to have a plan for what will happen though. They just see the absence of government as a good thing. They don't realize all the infrastructure that the governement helps to supoort that would be gone if it were not for the government at various levels. And I don't really want to ever see it happen just so they could be proved wrong.

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