to desire the replica

posted on: February 16th, 2010

For some rather baffling reason this blog seems to be getting hit up on the keywords

“Dalai Lama + illuminati” an awful lot lately.

Is this a sign of some kind? We’re about to be taken over by kind benevolent men in robes who live double lives as members of a secret society?

I personally wouldn’t be surprised if something like that happened- not that I think his Holiness would condone such action- but seriously, is ANYTHING really shocking these days? I could open my front door one day and be surrounded by a band of brightly painted pygmies with swords and I’d still be all

“Meh, whatever, little dudes. Get the fuck off my lawn!”

We’re no longer shocked by war, or billions in over spending for the olympics, or genocide, or abuse. Pictures of dead civilians in Afghanistan could be switched out with stills from the last Freddy or Jason horror movie and most people wouldn’t even notice or care, and those commercials to remind us about the starving children around the world all covered in flies, crying and holding their swollen bellies get switched off almost as fast as you would when channel surfing and accidentally landing on Nancy Grace.

Is it just me, or are we some jaded motherfuckers!??

Empathy, that sweet and dotting grandmother of emotions seems to be withering away. She has a lung tumor or gangrene, or some other terrifying ailment that has eaten off so many chunks of her that she is barely recognizable. There is still enough left for those “BIG EVENTS” like the tsunami in 2004 or Haiti, but that everyday stuff- the stuff that never seems to get enough attention to be fixed- seems to hardly be a blip on the radar.

I have always assumed that as we get progressively more advanced, have more access to information, and are more globally connected that these things would matter more, not less. However, I stupidly forgot one major element in that train of thought.

Humans are at the wheel.

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Dan Says:

Humans:

I should like to have words–sharp and pointed words–with whomever thought that was a good idea…

Kim Says:

I like sharp & pointed words.

Jeannie Says:

I think we still have empathy - but not enough for everything. So you take up your pet causes and I take up mine and we both hope to God that someone else is picking up the slack in the lives of the 4 billion people we can’t help.

Kim Says:

Well said- I know what you mean but I’ve just lost faith that these things shock us anymore- like they’re common place and empathy is losing steam.

Brian Smart Says:

Maybe it’s a combination of sensory overload and that we could not cope with all the death and destruction we’re exposed to if we fell down and cried every time a tsunami hits? I dunno. Imagine showing Natural Born Killers to a unsuspecting audience in the 1930’s….I think they’d run screaming from the theatre while teenagers today would just sit there texting and saying “cool”. I also think our collective attention span has shrunk like sea ice over the years; Harper prorogues parliament and we’re all really fucking pissed off…but we move on to the latest tragedy and suddenly a mere threat to Canadian democracy takes a back seat to an accident at the Olympics or that Barbara Walters is retiring.

Kim Says:

Exactly- It startles me whenever I see/hear things that SHOULD horrify me, and I realize that they don’t.
makes me sad for us.

brad Says:

At least part of it is that we outsource our hope. We put hope in religion, or hope in elected representatives or hope in celebrities that seem to use their deep pockets for good. And so it’s not always that we’re not shocked or dismayed, but that we expect someone other than ourselves to have the cure for that, like, “Oh my god, that’s so horrible. What was the President’s reaction?” rather than “Oh my god, that’s so horrible. Here’s my idea.” In a way, I think it’s that we trust more than we try.

kim Says:

“In a way, I think it’s that we trust more than we try.”
I freaking adore you Brad.

Dave Says:

My bro tells me we are all a little psychotic, because in reality, if we couldn’t dissociate from empathy, we’d spend all day crying for children who are starving to death, and who have been starving to death every day for decades. I mean, Haiti? The Tsunami? What about Darfur? That’s been going on since before either. What about downtown Vancouver? or any other major city in the world?
Empathy is only functional when we can do something to improve the situation, our minds shut off when we believe that we can’t.
What drives me crazy is the media, which provides us a steady stream of “you can’t do shit to solve this.” Then the occasional warm fuzzy story about someone who did something ridiculous in the face of insurmountable odds. Either way, we feel we have nothing to contribute.
So I turned off the news, and I only listen to Steve Earle and Matt Good these days. So I get a steady stream of get off your ass or get out of the way. I find it a bunch more productive.

You know the depth of my religious views; but I’ve got to say, I have nothing but respect for this lyric. It wakes me up every time I hear it.

“I woke up this mornin’ and none of the news was good
And death machines were rumblin’ ‘cross the ground where Jesus stood
And the man on my TV told me that it had always been that way
And there was nothin’ anyone could do or say

And I almost listened to him
Yeah, I almost lost my mind
Then I regained my senses again
And looked into my heart to find

That I believe that one fine day all the children of Abraham
Will lay down their swords forever in Jerusalem”

Kim Says:

Our religious views are similar but I really like the sentiment of those lyrics!

shine Says:

I thought…I thought we were supposed to let JESUS take the wheel? No?

Kim Says:

hahahahahha you rule, Shine!

Kim Says:

Wait…. jesus can drive?

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