That’s from Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (1973). If it was true then, it is even truer now.
The fact is the current US President is insane but he does not act alone, he acts on behalf of America and it’s citizens. That America can no longer be considered a force for good under his directorship, is a cause for real concern. Certainly, it is the misguided actions of this man and his administration that has left this generation of under 40’s bewildered, bitter, cynical, apathetic and distrustful.
This is not to diminish the seriousness of bygone problems (apartheid, nuclear arms, et al), but today, we are faced with something equally fiendish. The problem is that our society and our governments are morally corrupt. They are puppets of fundamentalism (Christian) and commerce.
Our enemy is not some foreign ideology or totalitarian regime, our enemy is on the streets of our towns and cities: in every cup of coffee, in every can of soda, in every sugar-coated candied jelly tot, and uber-hi-tech iGadget that you buy. The enemy lies within. We live for it, we desire it, we want it. Even Lucifer didn’t have it this easy.
Our freedom has been abused and it has been corrupted, we have been tricked into wanting things we do not need, and hating that which we have no need to hate.
However, while we are still free to write and think, talk and fuck, while we can scream and etch our names in park benches, flesh and hearts, there is hope.
Read. Write. Talk. More.