observations · racism · social observation · trauma · white nationalism · white supremacy

Notes to Myself in the New Year

I should write something. The month is nearly over.

I feel propagandized. Not relieved. Not empowered. Not convinced. Just chattered at.

Still hearing the name of the idiot. Still seeing pictures of him and his…wife. Is it wrong that every time I saw her I thought First Whore? The oldest profession really pays. Wonder who named it the oldest profession?

George Washington Carver was a crochet genius. I knew he painted, but he could make lace, do Irish crochet, make collars and cuffs, all without pattern or the ability to read. He picked up handicrafts, fancy work, before the age of 11. His works are on display at his museum in Neosho MO.

So many COVID variants. People just spreadin’ that virus around, helping it mutate, thinking it is their right to be foolish in a pandemic and take no precautions. People viewing us from without often say we only think of ourselves, never of people outside of this country. They underestimate our narcissism. We only think of our individual selves or of our tribe or clan. Our orbits of concern are mainly foreshortened.

Pearl S. Buck. So glad I started reading her work and very glad she was such a prolific observer and writer.

Never again read Jude the Obscure unless you love tedium.

New year. Feels a lot like the old one with a little less tension. Gotta worry, though, about whether or not a neighbor can be trusted. January 6 was a demonstration. You can’t expect to trust your colleagues, neighbors, the average Jane or Joe on the street. Gotta be color conscious. I really expected better of us in 1965. So much for expectations.

Biden is the second Catholic president. Let that not be an omen.

7 thoughts on “Notes to Myself in the New Year

  1. You mentioned the museum to visit and Pearl Buck. Thanks. I’d forgotten Buck until reading her name and then remembering The Good Earth long ago as a book from my great-aunt’s bookcase. Take heart and perhaps it’s right to beware your neighbors except if I would hope if I was your neighbor. I note that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her fear of death from a mob and the fear that still lingers against inciters hat disown their responsibility and sit beside her. I’m disheartened. I try to keep from negative thoughts about other women but I have contempt for this First Lady who made bullies her project when she was married to one and talked about kindness when she gave none. This pair are complimentary to each other. May they never be seen again. Now I read as one Pennsylvanian idiot of Trumpism and Q-Anon gullibility after another is arrested. Are we breeding stupidity and hatred I wonder as I drive on a country road reading signs like “I Can’t Breath With A Mask” and want to pencil in while I’m on some guy’s trail cam, “Can You Breath If You’re Dead”. Mask rights became a thing in 2020 carrying into 2021. Idiocy continues.

    1. The media acts as if we should all be over what I consider to be trauma endured for 5 years. You’re correct; the idiocy continues. Appalled and mesmerized by the intensity of it.

      I think Buck is helping me heal. I started reading her after I realized I didn’t know enough about the Chinese people. Old civilization, like that of the Indians of the subcontinent. R Kelly got me through India for all his pedophilia (he told the people he was the Pied Piper, but I guess few read the story and many were seduced by money). Buck is getting me through Trump’s America.

      Fear is driving this backlash. Fear of displacement in that created binary hierarchy of inferior-superior. I detest hierarchy and dualisms. Very limiting. If you can’t be on the top, automatically you’re on the bottom. Can’t lord anything over a blinkin’ soul.

      I hope we get to be neighbors.

    2. Dear VJ and theuphillslide,

      I enjoy reading your conversation here and can’t agree with you more. We can also agree that the ongoing chaos inflicted by the Trump presidency finally culminated in the infamous riot at the Capitol. You and I can be justified for being cynical, snide, snarky and facetious in characterizing Trump as the symbolic messiah who is going to lead his misguided supporters to glory on Earth and the promised land! It is often futile to reason with such misguided folks. Perhaps only when the country truly becomes autocratic or fascist will they wake up, but then it will be too late.

      Needless to say, due to misinformation and disinformation, 2020 had been a difficult year, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. It was all quite surreal, perhaps in some ways more bizarre than ghosts and the paranormal (not that I believe in such things). One could indeed say that we live in interesting times, but often for the wrong reasons.

      2021 is about 85% gone and the GOP is still on trial and has fared no better and seems to be getting (much) worse.

      Consequently, any reasonable person can conclude that the USA has been plagued by ignorance, dogma, falsity, blind faith, spiritual stagnation and epistemological impasse . . . . .

      The best and most dedicated amongst the likes of us are also inveterate teachers of everlasting, transcendental wisdom to save humans from themselves, their self-interests and their destructive ways. I often even have to coin new words to do so. The latest examples are my three neologisms “Misquotation Pandemic“, “Disinformation Polemic” and “Viral Falsity“, as discussed in my extensive and analytical post entitled “💬 Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: 🧠 Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity 🦠“. This post of mine has twelve major sections (plus a detailed annotated gallery) instantly accessible from a navigational menu.

      Then there has been worsening inequality, rendered all the more acute and dire by the rich and powerful via various overt and covert impositions. Social and economic polarizations can further exacerbate the issues of education and wealth, and such polarizations are increasing for the following reason: The USA is very much plagued in varying degrees by misinformation, disinformation, post-truth politics, demagoguery, plutocracy, oligarchy, ochlocracy, kleptocracy, kakistocracy, narcissistic leadership, neoliberalism and globalization, as discussed and analyzed in great detail in my said post, which you can easily locate at the Home page of my website.

      I look forward to your visiting the post and reading your thoughts and feedback on the various issues broached there. By the way, whenever you visit my blog, I would like to recommend using a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

      In any case, it is going to be an arduous task to solve these outstanding issues, because saving and rehabilitating the USA aside, we also need the political economy of saving the planet. Yet the entrenched and insidious issues of plutocracy have loomed even larger, thus continuing to thwart many efforts mounted to save the nation and the planet. Whilst Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet, the planet of America, so to speak, has already ascended to plutocracy. Social and economic polarizations can further exacerbate the issues of wealth, and such polarizations are increasing for the following reason: The USA is very much plagued in varying degrees by misinformation, disinformation, post-truth politics, demagoguery, plutocracy, oligarchy, ochlocracy, kleptocracy, kakistocracy, narcissistic leadership, neoliberalism and globalization.

      The underlying opposition is not so much between the Democrats and the Republicans as between the rich plutocrats and the rest of the population. The Democrats need to (re)form their party to unite the 90% of the people living at an entrenched economic and political disadvantage in order to deal with the Plutocrats. In any case, it is going to be a very tall order for Biden (or indeed anyone of any political persuasion) to turn things around. It would have been much easier if some Republican senators had been far more honest and incorruptible, for they have been very greedy, uninspired, cowardly and lack criminal, moral and political accountabilities. It is all quite a big mess in danger of getting bigger still. Even a global pandemic still cannot unite folks in the USA and wake them up. Perhaps it will take an even bigger crisis to do so, such as a series of climate change disasters.

      Wishing you a productive weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!

      Yours sincerely,
      SoundEagle

  2. Dear VJ,

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