This Onion article* has it right. This week is yet another time where my country has been put through the wringer. Boston, my future town, in fear and upheaval. A city-wide lockdown. Rumors flying around, unsubstantiated claims. Talking to twenty sixth-graders about current events has proven the existence of mob mentality, has been the face of the vulture media, desperate to feed on the flesh of sensationalism. Might sound like overkill, but the amount of enjoyment these kids get out of telling a story that their uncle told them where this dark-skinned, accented guy was seen walking on rooftops and was taken into custody, well. That kind of makes me ill.
And it's not just the kids. It's the journalism this morning, the masses of people hankering for sound clips from estranged uncles and random classmates, touting high school students (who willingly say that they didn't know the suspects well!) as "friends of the suspects." Networks bringing in terrorism experts--experts who, to their credit, have been trying to diffuse any shocking Al Qaeda and jihadist claims--just so that they can dedicate hours to discussing this intense Islamic plot. It's more than depressing, it's frustrating.
Add that on top of events like the explosion at Waco, and the failure of the Senate to vote on gun control (not so much a because of the legislation not passing [even though come on], but because it exhibited the extent of our corrupt government, especially when you factor in quotes like this one from Richard Feldman), and you could say my faith in this nation has been shaken. Suddenly, this world isn't a complex sphere full of sorrow and happiness, it's just a straight up scary place.
So yeah. I spent most of this week feeling sad, and then indescribably angry, and now I'm just exhausted.
Just like the first article said, this week is done. I'm done.
As a collective, can we agree to sit on the couch, cry, and watch happy videos until the world goes away?
Sounds good to me.
*Incredibly strong language. Be ye warned, sensitive souls. But if you like, the Onion has rocked it with their coverage this week. Find all the Boston articles HERE.