Day 603: On The Take
We had a bit of a lazy day over on the mountain today. I mean, it's never the same lazy as we were capable of spending in years gone past, without having two little ones squawking constantly and running around. Now our lazy days are still busy, in all the things you have to do when you have kids, like getting up around 7am, changing diapers full of untransformed kale, and managing spitup... but we managed to stay in our pyjamas pretty much all day so I feel cool with using lazy.
We also managed to get a nap in, which was much needed after a rocky night with Blaze. He and I crashed for a good two and a half hours, a record for him: I've done better. Jeannette was going to take them out in the afternoon but we had one of our sitters coming over after school so by the time we got up from the mass nap there was really no point.
We spent the morning watching a Ken Burns series on the Prohibition on Netflix.
Blaze is currently very into playing with the bowls in the kitchen and so was quite preoccupied with taking things out and putting things back in the bowls, and cupboard drawers, which allowed me to drink some coffee and watch some Netflix. It's really quite a shocking series if you haven't seen it. I recommend it. It boggles the mind that at one time the entire country of America tried to ban liquor. And then how long it took them to pull the plug on the entire affair despite how bad things got.
Most of all what struck me was the level of hypocrisy that had become common place among the population with regard to almost every aspect of organized life. Everyone lied. All the cops and politicians were on the take. The whole thing fell apart.
I wouldn't think that it's even a stretch to say that it indirectly led to the stock market crash and Great Depression that followed years after it was enacted, in the sense that the disrespect people had for each other, and the "well everyone's doing it and getting away with it so why not" attitude that became so pervasive during the time of prohibition would have blazed an easy trail to people taking liberties with stocks and bonds and houses and all other manner of things.
Once there's a massive pile of poo in the middle of the room, and it stays there for a long time, ignored, it doesn't really matter how nice you make the rest of the room, people are going to lose a certain amount of respect for the house, and will take much less pride, I should think, in it's upkeep.
It wasn't hard to see the parallels between the mistakes made in that time and the ones being made now. The rampant hypocrisy that's so common place is the most obvious comparison The Snowden files and all the covert operations and hacking and on and on and on. It's hard for anyone to maintain faith in any system whatsoever, let alone the one they're currently living under. When all your options for positions of representation and power have track records for flip flopping and 'playing politics', it makes it very hard indeed to believe in, and work for, any common ideal.
Of course, it's no one's fault. That's the other side of it. People blame people, that seems to be human nature, but in reality that's not true. The Depression wasn't simply the President's fault, though everyone blamed him. They blamed him I suppose because it happened while he was in office. But things of that nature have a way of percolating and growing for a long time before any crash actually takes place.
Even now it's not like there's some vast network of shit heads hell bent on gathering everyone's information so they can extort them later or anything like that. It's good people thinking they're doing good things, unconsciously carrying out the underlying design of nature: which is to simply evolve. To transcend any obstacles. They have their perceived reasons, and make mistakes sure, but in the end it all comes out in the wash because it's not about any one of us, but what we're all unconsciously doing, together.
They can listen to our conversations and swallow up all our data, so they will. They can go to space, so they will. They can build a nuke, so they will. But the reasons they do things are less important than the results and the results often take time to get any real perspective on. No matter what any one of us does, the species evolves; and Its doing it faster, and faster and faster. I suppose we are able to adapt to things so quickly now, the process itself gets lost in all the chaos, but if you step back for a second and compare what's happening on the planet now, compared to what happened even in our grandparents time, let alone caveman days, or Egyptian times, the difference is stark.
Exponential technological growth.
Anyway, that's a talk for another time. I'm all talked out. I worked a lot today but still feel very far from having this show ready to go. I know it'll be good mind you! I know it WILL be ready to go, but right now, at this moment in time, I'm at about 40% ready. I've got tons of material to choose from, but it takes time to sort through it all. And to lock in what I do have and want to keep.
I think giving it a title before I wrote it was a good idea though; it gives it a feel right off the bat and focuses it automatically. Confessions of a rogue monkey. So explain who the rogue monkey is, and why confessions are important. Then tell the story. It's actually pretty simple. It's like I said to Jeannette last night, the beauty of this show is that the whole set it Kay Bennito, the bit I did about the internet debacle. It's a set that gets into the meat of my own life, pours it out on stage, and then makes it funny.
Anyway, that's where I'm at right now. But it's 10:30 so in about 30 seconds or so..I'll be in bed.