Monday, July 13, 2009
I Want My Old Life Back (And I'm Going To Get It)
Somebody just sent me this MADTV video to cheer me up, and it worked, reminding me of the life I enjoyed before all this NewAge nonsense entered my world. Whoever you are, Anonymous, "thanks".
Man, it's been a bum four years. From the first night I walked into my bedroom and asked, ""Honey, are you in a cult?", and my wife didn't say, "What the hell are you talking about?", it's just been one long social disaster. Like, right now, I can't see how Barack Obama can look at a girl's ass and it garners massive interest, and millions of comments world-wide, but a black American can say, "My ex-wife was taken advantage of, sexually, by a homeopath and, together, they have killed three people (the first one being her own mother - and provide proof of all of it - and the two of them are not in prison) but all I get is a smattering of comments, with most of them along the lines of "Get off the internet!" or "You're a pussy!"
The idea there are two killers walking freely, either here or in France, apparently bothers no one. What seems to be of major concern - and must be stopped at all cost - is me being upset enough to blog about it. I just can't see how that works.
Or rather, I can, and it bothers me - a lot.
Years ago, before I knew anything about NewAge, I told a friend of mine my then-wife had come home declaring she could walk through walls. His answer? "Don't worry about, it's harmless." - and, then, he gave me some stupid book about a talking gorilla concerned about the environment.
Years later, after my marriage came apart, I spent a year reading my wife's diaries, listening to cassette tapes she made with various "psychics" and "mediums", and reading every NewAge book she owned - only to discover this madness I was learning about could be found on Oprah and other popular TV programs (including those on PBS) and in our movies; in the mouths of celebrities and politicians - but, now, hardly anyone thought what used to be called "flakey" beliefs were strange at all. Oprah isn't a woman who spreads misinformation and quackery - she's seen as probably "the most moral woman in America". Gavin Newsom, the NewAge mayor of San Francisco (easily one of the cult capitals of the world) sleeps with his campaign manager and best friend's wife, only to sail to a re-election victory with 75% of the vote - because he stood up for gay marriage. (His best friend's marriage was obviously worthless in comparison.)
Homeopathy is sold in every "progressive" store in the world, though it's supposedly nothing but water or sugar pills. People say it, too, is "harmless" though 900 people just lost their sense of smell from using it, a couple of parents just got convicted of manslaughter for killing their kid with it, and I've documented countless deaths and other mishaps from this dangerous belief and the cult that supports it. But there's nary a peep from the news media asking why or how we've slipped the bounds of reason enough that this is so.
All I see is The New York Times, and countless other newspapers, supporting these ideas. I see TIME Magazine supporting these ideas. I see what seems like almost everyone supporting every solipsistic belief they can get their hands on, and the flakier the spokesman the better. Andrew Weil believes in Uri Geller's spoon-bending abilities? Well let's get our medical advice from him! Deepak Chopra was a follower of the Maharishi and, together, they tried to run a scam on the Journal of the American Medical Association? Why, let's get medical (and political) advice from him, too! Being a lying quack is, clearly, the perfect credential for credibility in the mediasphere these days.
And in politics: Dennis Kucinich saw a U.F.O. while standing on Shirley McLaine's balcony - he must know what's going on! Tom Harmon thinks bee pollen cured his asthma - and disses any scientist who suggests otherwise - let's put him in charge of healthcare! Barack Obama's main qualification for the presidency was that he had no qualifications for the presidency!!! Yes, yes, it's all making sense to me now!
At the end of Alice In Wonderland, the poor terrified girl is being chased by the Red Queen's army when, all of a sudden, she gets angry and - grasping reality -she spins on the soldiers, shouting, "I'm not afraid of you! You just a silly deck of cards!!" and - poof! - just like that, that's exactly what they returned to being.
That, my friends, is The Macho Response. And whether anyone likes it, understands it, or hates it, I'm going to keep that attitude until either this nonsense is destroyed or I am. I've told you: I am the new Black Lightning, working on a broken computer - and with a broken heart. And, as much as I hate the words, for now on, as I work to expose and eliminate NewAge from the public sphere, I am going to give the millions of apologists for the "spiritual" underpinnings of liberalism the very same reply they've given me as they've rejected cultism and reason as the obvious answers to the belief problems - including "Hope and Change" - that they've created for us all:
"I don't care."