It’s All a Big Pile of Dung, Isn’t It?

Politics, religion and most of our history is one enormous pile of crap. After walking knee-deep in this excrement for nearly 7 decades, I’m weary.  Oh, there are occasional moments of bliss, but they seem to quickly fade into the cesspool of singular, amorphous muck- a blending of homogeneous banal effluence. What history continues to prove is that the world is essentially made of two disparate groups. In proportion, one is minuscule yet powerful.  The other massive and benign. Shysters and shystees. Recall your dreary history classes, the Bible stories. It’s the common thread of the human being. The few dominates, the mass of followers. Those few with power, the vast pool of the powerless.

Occasionally, a rare one from the masses rises up to wrest power, to challenge the self-imposed authority of the baron, the king, the dictator, yet often only for a brief moment, then is drowned in the cesspool of normalcy. Yet that is never the norm but rather the exceptional moment. Such uncommon heroic events are well-documented and held up as examples to the masses as symbols of hope.  You, too, black child of the urban ghetto, can rise up from the muck surrounding you to sit in the White House. Sure you can. Your GED will help.

And you, brown-skinned Chicano, bent over in the cucumber field, you could rise up as well. You ought to learn English, though. The same for you, toe-headed, barefoot child of Appalachia, sipping your Mountain Dew. Rise up, son, pick yourself up by your bootstraps and make something of yourself. Lincoln did it, for crying out loud! What’s the matter with all of you?  Do you really want to live a life among the undigested bits of beef, a blots of mustard, a crumbs of cheese, and fragments of an underdone potatoes?  What’s stopping you from achieving great things here in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

You won’t.  And neither will the other two. Like the Indian caste system, you will live out your less-than-long lives right where you belong.  In the ghetto, the farm fields, the hills and hollers. Just like your parents and their kin. Know your place in life.  Stay there and do what you are told. Don’t dream too big because your dream will be a dream deferred. You are an integral part of  the never-ending, intergenerational cycle of poverty and inequality. The baron, the king and the dictator like you just like that.

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7 thoughts on “It’s All a Big Pile of Dung, Isn’t It?

  1. Well, it seems to me that you might be painting with a broad brush here, that is, having a king, a baron, or a dictator. I missed any reference to our native American population, sequestered away on reservations. You see they are “out of sight out of mind”, so much so that even the intellegentisia omit them in any discussion. It seems to me their plight is even worse than “the black child…the brown skinned chicano…the toe-headed, barefoot child of Appalachia…And… Like the Indian caste system, you will live out your less-than-long lives right where you belong.”

    Obviously, we have no caste system in the United States. All we have to do is look at the present occupant of the White House. If everything is as bad as you write, how does a mixed bi-racial of a single mother living in poverty modified by living with her parents become a college graduate, then a graduate student in law, and finally President?

  2. I agree with uptheflag on this one.

    I also think it starts with the parents, or parent, or an involved adult mentor…. and their” taught by example” values what is important in life. Perhaps working the mines in Appalachia is a chosen life passed on by generations.

    Life is certainly what you make it to be…..creating it by the choices we make, the hard work that goes into it, and the lessons hopefully learned along the way from failures and success….. no matter what caste system you fall in.

  3. Hello all,
    What I got by the time I had finished reading the posting, was more on the positive side.

    In this country one’s position is more into your own destiny and not in the stagnant stratificational situation of birth as you can find in many other countries.

    This being said, you still will have those in this country that will try to, “Keep You In Your Place,” or accuse you of, “Getting Uppity,” but YOU have the power NOT to accept the “Status Quo.”

    More to the fact such as, “All the strength you need to achieve anything is within you. Learning makes a man fit company for himself.”

    Then again maybe it was just my frame of mind today as I did participate in a mass conferment of the Masonic 2nd & 3rd degrees representing the Grand Lodge of Maryland. I am feeling very positive about these men’s future travels of enlightenment and illumination.

    All of this reminds me of a quote from Grouch Marx, “I would not belong to a club that would have me as a member.” The message being, “He was better than that.” :-)

  4. “In this country one’s position is more into your own destiny and not in the stagnant stratificational situation of birth.” You really think so, EOK?

    That has been the “American Dream”, has it not? What has been the traditional meaning of the “American Dream”? How about something like economic and social upward mobility? It seems to me EOK you are saying that a person’s destiny is to move up the economic and social ladder. That is the the “American Dream”, that is, each generation has the opportunity to be better than the prededing generation. Another way to look at the “American Dream” is the ability on our “own destiny” to have a safe, secure, and more comfortable standard of living than one’s parents.

    Now, not to put words in M_R’s post, it seems to me, he is writing that the “American Dream” has become a crock of it. The key word is “Dream” for as we know a dream is not real. Have we been sold a shibboleth? Is it finally catching up with us, seems to be the question that M_R is asking when he writes, “Don’t dream too big because your dream will be a dream deferred.” Is the “American Dream” failing now?

    You know, M_R, maybe you have dwelled on the muck so long now that we are missing the forest because of the trees. With all the individual topics, like trees, that you have posted on and we have continually commented over, perhaps we are seeing too much negativity. Maybe we should take a step back from all the minutia and begin to look at the much broader picture which can be incredibly uplifting, instead of focusing on the chaotic daily situations in the body politic. We look at that and after a while we want to throw our hands up in disguist and give up. If we give up, “they” win, my friend. Therefore, I suggest a discussion that centers on the “American Dream”. Just what are the componets of that term? Let’s renew the forest, because if we have a renaissance on what the United States of America really is about, we will weed out the unhealthy “trees” of greed, militarism, inequality, class warfare, subjugation, gender bias, well you name them. We need to focus on the “Promise of American Life”, my friend, that is what we need to sell. Just maybe we should acentuate the positive side of the ideal….

  5. No, UTF, I’m not missing the forest. I’m tired of fighting losing battles. There are no heroes any longer and few people willing to take the risk of changing things. Corruption is everywhere and none more concentrated than in the political arena.

  6. Hello Uptheflag,
    I will concede that our world is a very dynamic one but all being relative we in this country are much better off than the vast majority. Even as many of the middle class in this country are taking an uncomfortable economic down turn hit, there are plenty throughout the world who would love to trade places with us.

    By the way I loved your question of, “Have we been sold a shibboleth?” :-) If the word “Dream” is the shibboleth, I guess that definition could be as different as the number of people asked to define it. In this case, the “Dream” would be as unique as the person’s perspective.

    Your comment on Muddy’s, “Don’t dream too big because your dream will be a dream deferred.” Yes I took this as a satirical statement but more in line of the example, “A “Battle Plan” is only as good until the first shot is fired.” This is a true statement as the Battle Field is a very unpredictable aspect and Battle Plans need to adjust quickly to adapt to the dynamic situations. The same will be true with “Dreams” as un-foretold circumstances will dictate the adjustment; positive as well as negative.

    I have said many times before, “Our time here on earth should be one of a self journey of enlightenment….and as we grow, educate, and seek illumination…..truths, facts, and logic will reveal themselves. No one needs to apologize for the corrections along the way.”

    I do agree that everyone needs to take the time to count one’s own blessings. I agree with you very much with your statement, “we will weed out the unhealthy “trees” of greed, militarism, inequality, class warfare, subjugation, gender bias, well you name them. We need to focus on the “Promise of American Life”, my friend, that is what we need promote.”

    Now that being said, there is also the need to point out those who would try to hold us back. This is what I took from Muddy’s posting. Much like the example of Non-Union coal mine operators who had the system where at one time they had the advantage to operate their business under. Paying you in “Company Mine Currency” that could only be spent in the over priced “Company’s Store,” charging you the “Rent” for the housing the mine worker and his family were required to live in as “Company Policy.” I give you Carl Sandburg’s poem, “Company Towns.”

    You live in a company house
    You go to a company school
    You work for this company,
    according to the company rules.

    You all drink company water
    and all use company lights,
    The company preacher teaches us
    What the company thinks is right.

    It was as true back then as it could become true today.

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