HELL – NEVER MORE THAN A METER OR A MOMENT AWAY

by Ivy Scarborough | May 2nd, 2012

 

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE EXPRESSION THAT ORIGINATED FROM THE AMERICAN FRONTIER – “HIS MORALE WAS LOWER THAN A SNAKE’S BELLY IN A WAGON RUT?”

IF YOU KEEP MAKING OBSERVATIONS LIKE THE ONE BELOW THE SNAKE WILL HAVE TO MAKE ROOM FOR ME.

SOME OF WHAT I HAVE HEARD SAID AND SEEN DONE IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS IN OUR COUNTRY REMIND ME OF WHAT I SAID IN THE CHAPTER “HYPERVELOCITY, THE TURNING OF THE WHEEL OF HISTORY IN OUR AGE” – TO THE EFFECT THAT THOUGH ALL OF THE SYMPTOMS AND PATTERNS OF DECAY AND DECLINE ARE PREDICTABLE, OUR TIME AND OUR CULTURE ARE DIFFERENT IN THAT THE DETERIORATION WILL MOVE AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE.

THE MORE LIKELY SCENARIO IS PROBABLY A CONTINUED INCREMENTAL DECLINE, BUT I AM VERY CONSCIOUS THAT A SIGNIFICANT TRAUMATIC EVENT (WAR ACTION, ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, COLLAPSE OF A MAJOR INSTITUTION, USURPATION OF POLITICAL/GOVERNMENTAL POWER, ETC.) CAN TRIGGER A DISASTER.

THIS IS NOT FAR FETCHED UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE ARE SEEING.

WE HAVE A MOUNTEBANK IN THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE NATION, GOVERNMENTAL FIGURES WHO SHOW CONTEMPT FOR OUR OWN LAWS, A PATHOLOGICAL PREDISPOSITION TO LYING PERVADING MUCH OF THE CULTURE, AN OBSESSION WITH THE SHALLOW AND THE TRIVIAL, AND AN UNSETTLING WILLINGNESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ACCEPT THESE AND THE MOST DISHONORABLE OF THOUGHT AND BEHAVIOR AS NORMS.

ONE SMALL – SEEMINGLY INCONSEQUENTIAL – ILLUSTRATION:  YESTERDAY FOX NEWS SHOWED A FILM CLIP REPUTEDLY DEPICTING THE FIRST LADY ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM CHILDREN IN THE PERHAPS 9-12 AGE GROUP.

ONE LAD ASKED ABOUT THE SECRET SERVICE, SHE RESPONDED HOW THEY RELIED UPON THEM.

THEN THE BOY COMMENTED FURTHER ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO GET “HOOKERS” FOR THE BARGAIN PRICE OF $30.

THIS THEN WAS LAUGHED AT BY THE JOURNALISTS WHO HAD BEEN COMMENTING ON THE DAY’S NEWS.

WHETHER THIS WAS A DUBBED INTERACTION OR NOT IS LARGELY IRRELEVANT.

THE FACT THAT IT WOULD BE USED ON A “SERIOUS” NATIONAL – NEED I MENTION “CONSERVATIVE” – NEWS PROGRAM AS A BASIS FOR A MOMENT OF MIRTH IS NOT JUST MORALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY DEBASED IT IS A NATIONAL SICKNESS/CRISIS ON DISPLAY.

ONE OF THE GREAT LIFE LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED IS THAT HELL IS NEVER MORE THAN A METER OR A MOMENT AWAY.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.

About Ivy Scarborough

Ivy Scarborough is a writer, commentator, former adjunct professor, television, radio and print commentator, radio program host, professional mediator, and lawyer.

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