Flimsy Sanity: Would a Depression Readjust our Values?

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Would a Depression Readjust our Values?

I read somewhere that the economy tanks about every 80 years, about the time that all the old people who remember the last one die. My mom talks about the 30's and how they lived with no money. They mined their own coal (crappy but supplied some heat), canned their own meat and vegetables, home brewed, entertained themselves by barn dances with live band music from the neighborhood, lived within a few miles of their relatives and visited with their neighbors and exchanged labor with both. She talks of being so poor that they carried lunches made of lard sandwiches to school but that everyone else was also poor. I really think the music of the times reflects the attitudes of the era and the kids listened to crooning love songs.

Now we are in the era of kids who look like they are getting chemo or modeling themselves after Nazi skinheads, arms look like they are from a tribe of masochistic headhunters, and music that is so misanthropic and angry that I feel violated just listening to it. The favorite dog breed seems to be the pit bull. Easy money with no work seems to be the goal. I read the reviews of the documentary "Cocaine Cowboys" and all the young people love it because of all the scenes of massive drugs and stacks and stacks of money and the never ending bragging. (Don't bother renting it as it is pretty boring - my review.)

There is a slim chance that people will band together to survive, but I think the surly young people I meet would kill you for a can of corn and do a little Mexican hunting for entertainment.


  • At 4:00 AM, Blogger michael greenwell said…

    pretty depressing picture isn't it?

    but i also think the kids like that are not always to blame for it, esepecially when they see how badly the generations above them have fucked things up.

  • At 5:58 AM, Blogger Nader Enthusiast said…

    Yes the older generation has stoked the hatred. Even the word tolerance is sneered at as being politically correct. When the highest paid entertainers include someone like Rush Limbaugh who keeps hatred good and hot, what hope do impressionable youngsters have?

    Yes the world is fucked up but as each new generation comes along, they only seem to make it worse. Now I am going to do my best to make it better - off to pick some cucumbers and give them to my neighbors.


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