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bread and circuses

Maybe a road trip is the ideal time to remember that not only is BP responsible for the oil spill catastrophe but I am as well. I drive they drill ducks get oily. I wish I could get mad like so many of my peers but I don’t feel holy enough to point my finger at anyone at BP. Maybe if I knew more I could know they’re more guilty than me. I know I feel bad because I allow it to happen, and go to baseball games. There’s this whole level of engagement in professional sports that i have gone from experiencing and taking a critical eye. I can easily understand how Marx would consider it an opiate for the masses, some piece of false consciousness to distract us from the oily ducks and the exploitation of man by man. Nonetheless I was thrilled to see Tommy Brookins, whom i listed along with Larry Norman as people I thought were self actualized in my high school psych class. I loved Tommy Brookins, and Kirk Gibson, and Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammel, and all those guys who won the pennant with Sparky. At the game there was a child like joy, mostly in the children. A toddler stood on her mom’s lap and when i would cheer for the Tigers she would too. I told her mom she was raising a little Tiger’s fan. It was fun, engaging, we all shared something. I ran into my friend Isaiah who I thought was a Cubs fan, when I asked him he said, “no, i’m a baseball fan”. If you’ve ever read George Will with an open mind you can’t believe baseball is only false consciousness. A perfect world might need baseball, as well as clean oceans and beaches. My dad has that same childlike spirit about baseball. He knows it all, every Tiger and what they’ve been doing, what their stories are, what pitches they throw and then. Who swings at the first pitch and how quickly they take between pitches. It keeps him engaged in this world. It may be the most important thing in his life. If its not shedding crocodile tears over the fucked up gulf and plotting with his class peers for the dictatorship of the proletariot then fuck Marx and his judgemental bullshit. But nonetheless I drove a gulf oil eating machine halfway across the state to see millionaires play baseball. I am not doing nor planning on doing a damn thing for the oily ducks and all that other bullshit even though I think I am cognizant of how truly awful it all is and that i am personally responsible. A client asked me how bad it really was because he doesn’t trust the news. I told him second cup bad. What? The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died (Revelations 16:3). I refuse the simple comfort of anger at BP and put faith that how i live my life justifies my part in this horrible piece of evil filth our works have created. It will remind me to step up my game, to work smarter if not harder to disengage from the madness. Engage more in the solution.

  1. June 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Another great post. I like reading your blog because it gets me thinking about things in a different way.

  2. June 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks Lynda I appreciate that. A long time ago I realized people weren’t seeing the world like I was and I spend a lot of time explaining what I’ve seen and learned and how that informs my perspective. My sociology 101 professor defined insanity as having a worldview of one. Getting people to think in new ways keeps me sane.

  3. Kenya
    August 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Your blog is truly eye opening. I had some type of ah ha moment… I am just as responsible for that oil spill as BP. I’m shaking my head in disappointment. We have all become so dependent on oil and as a result wars are being fought, innocent people are dying and our planet is suffering.

  4. August 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

    thanks for stopping by kenya and glad you enjoyed some posts. i re-read the bread and circuses one and i want to do more like it, but most of my more intense feelings are more personal or work related which don’t which don’t make for as good of reading or they’re politically risky. i keep plugging away at the sustainability thing but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. i checked out some of your posts on the topic and see you’re trying to work towards some solutions as well. from your other comment i will say i am always pleased to meet a christian with an open mind and a passion for social justice. it was definitely jesus who put me on that path with “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” which is the root of all my politics. i have deviated enough from orthodoxy that i know longer call myself a christian, though that label probably fits as well as any, but i give my nod to the Truth where ever it is found.

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