My dog was trying to ask me a question this morning.
I thought it might have something to do with the relationship between our historic tendency to associate behavior with morality and the juxtaposition of the psychopathological turn of the nineteenth century as elucidated by Foucault.
But she was just asking for food.
I knew she just wanted food in the first place but I am hopelessly optimistic.
I get called that a lot.
In fact I have lost friends from being as they so unsympathetically referred to me as, “positive.”
I don’t consider myself to be positive as much as I think of myself as, “realistic.”
The truth is that I heard someone say that once and I stole it.
I thought it was a clever cop out.
Everyone is realistic though.
Our views are always rationalized by our sense that they are, in some obvious way that no one else can understand, realistic.
I’m pretty sure we are all right though, I just can’t put my finger on it.
The pulse that is.
Maybe that’s because our culture has finally reached its inevitable end.
We are a country that has been referred to as an experiment.
Our culture has reacted to itself every ten years, taking drastic turns whenever it seemed to become self aware.
At least that was true for the twentieth century.
(I can’t really speak for the Whigs and manifest destiny. That shit was not hip.)
We have been out of the twentieth century for almost 15 years and we can’t let it go.
I would be ok with that if we would have learned something from the generations we try to emulate but it seems we are only taking the worst qualities out of each of them.
The clothing style of the 90s, the greed of the 80s, and so on.
Actually I don’t have any more examples because the 60s and 70s were a rock and roll filled drug orgy, which is pretty cool.
So yeah, it appears that once the 90s ended we didn’t know where to go from there and we pretty much got stuck shopping at the Gap and investing in corporate takeovers. We wear plaid shirts and drive Beemers. We eat cheese and drink wine. We talk about the new place and the new show. We try and feel emotions when we hear that black people are still being abused institutionally. We save for our kids education and tell them that someday they might be president even though we know that we live in an oligarchy run by obscenely rich sociopaths.
All I can say is this, the Interview is $5.99 on you tube and I haven’t been able to log in to my Playstation network for 3 days.
At least we can stare at our cell phones all day and avoid having any real emotional connection to one another because we pressed a like button.