Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Empty Spaces

This is a response to a friend's blog post. Her blogs are a bit private so I won't give a link. I will copy the words that she quoted and link to the article that they came from. This friend is an American citizen who has lived in Germany for a number of years.
Want to know why people are Depressed, why as a nation, we’re diseased, unhealthy, addicted, over-medicated, over-incarcerated, committing suicide? It’s right here. It’s well-proven that hardship does not cause depression. People endure the most appalling things: the Black Plague, the 1918 Flu, the 1906 earthquake, hurricanes, tornadoes, dustbowls, violence, privation, starvation--anything at all as if it were nothing at all--as long as they have the freedom to respond to it. As long as they can choose what to do to change things, solve things, create a better tomorrow. As long as they have Life, as long as they have Liberty, and as long as they are allowed the Pursuit of Happiness as they see fit.

Another friend (who is from Germany) stated "America is seemingly empty, an empty space, people orientierungslos. She needs to invent herself again, but this time ..." which is what inspired this thought. And if we refrain from knee-jerk nationalism, we realize that this is true.

These are my thoughts.
I think there is no allowance for the pursuit of happiness, only the almighty dollar. There is only doing, doing, doing. Ours is a spiritually and morally bankrupt culture. I am not talking about false morals imposed by an institution designed to oppress the masses. I am talking about good, solid, common decency.
I hadn't thought about the fact that the United States is the country where people are most prone to falling for the whole fire and brimstone myth, but it's true. We were the only country that really fell for the Satanic Panic crap back in the 1980's. And boy did some bands (mostly Scandinavian) take advantage of the imagery! And then laughed at the idiots who were all agog and shocked about it. The joke's on us to be sure.

Here is another thought for the Christians that are reading this post. I am not mocking your belief in God, especially if the God you believe in is the kind creator. I'm not too keen on the punitive, judgmental one. But I don't care for the Christian church as an institution, though some sects are preferable to others. I find it to be an oppressive and judgmental institution on the whole, and if one is to read the history, one realizes that these ideals that I dislike were political creations, not spiritual mores. It is my sincere belief that the "Christian" church, on the whole, is far from what the peaceful teacher Jesus Christ intended for people. He was a spiritual man, a holy man if you will, certainly a good man. He would not want people judging and hating each other the way many of his followers judge and hate others.


Anonymous said...

Hey, thank you!