Friday, March 25, 2011

Word to Palahniuk

“Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.” -Chuck Palahniuk

Recently I've had a few conversations that were centered around the idea that people have become too content with the way institutions operate. Something needs to be shaken up, stirred, mixed. It has gotten to the point where people just think the fact that the government funds more money in prisons than the education system is normal and that we, as citizens, do not have the power to change it. How is that okay?

*waits for response* Can't think of anything? That's because it is not okay.

Although a war in Libya started last week and there is a recession going on, I am feeling Chuck on this one. It's not just these things though... education is constantly facing cuts, hate crimes are happening across the nation and corporations are taking advantage of people. There are not a lot of people that are even worried about these things. Or maybe that's just my observation. And if they are paying attention to what's going on in the world, they do not care enough to do anything about it.

With that being said... Chuck is right on the ball. The fact that people do not care means something. It means that people are not aware. We are more worried about ourselves than the well-being of people around us. And while I understand that people need to take care of themselves first, that doesn't mean that we cannot be nice to one another. It's scary to me when I smile at someone and they don't smile back. Just smiling at another person can improve their day. Is that too much to ask? (And did you know it takes more muscles to frown than to smile?) This is a very small example but I think it gets the point across.

We have lost the ability to love. The levels of depression are on the rise and people are growing more and more detached from their spirits.

I believe that people are capable of so much when they are in touch with their spirituality. But when we are distracted by television, technology and the illusion that we only have time for certain things, we lose sight of that. So, word to Chuck. The war is a spiritual one.

And word to Janelle Monae on "Cold War" because I feel like she's much better at singing what I'm trying to say here.

So, what are you fighting for?


♥ StylisHedForeVer said...

Such a good read, you have a lovely blog :)

Femmes With Benefits said...

Very true statement & argument.

It is unfortunate that we all sit there selfishly thinking about the well-being of ourselves and not the well being of those around us -- which is the reason why war and prejudice takes place in the first place.

One thing that puzzles me till this day is: this has been going on even in the beginning of times -- even in bible times.

I don't know what it is that causes us to feud.

But even animals do it, so I assume it's nature.

I just wish we could one day forget and stop it all together.

Because all we're doing is being destroyed.

Kimberly, FWB