Calm down and take a soma

The “big three” dystopian novelists, I believe, are Orwell, Huxley and Bradbury. In many ways we live in Orwell’s totalitarian dystopia; in many ways we live in Bradbury’s book-burning dystopia; but I think Huxley and his soma-induced dystopia may be closest. Here is a magic pill to take away your pain; here is a magicContinue reading “Calm down and take a soma”

On the imperative to hold that line

At the end of “Revolution 9,” the experimental sound collage that is the penultimate track in the Beatles’ white album, a crowd is chanting “Hold that line! Hold that line!” in what is obviously a sports event of some kind. There’s a flurry of sound, followed by a chant of “Block that kick! Block thatContinue reading “On the imperative to hold that line”

Beyond ‘Refuse to be Afraid’

“They” have always wanted “us” to be afraid, and they’ve stepped up their game the past two years. It’s harder than ever to refuse to be afraid: “They” have “us” questioning every sniffle and worrying about every cough.  The intensity of it all is enough to make a person angry. Some of the fear mongeringContinue reading “Beyond ‘Refuse to be Afraid’”

Freedom is not for the faint of heart

You are free to shout “fire” in a crowded theater. All you have to do is be prepared to accept the consequences — for example, time in jail or prison, and/or civil suits by people injured in the ensuing panic, or their survivors. You are free to blame a madman’s actions on your political adversaries.Continue reading “Freedom is not for the faint of heart”

The parable of the four lights

It feels like an act of daring to go ahead  and live what would have been a normal life two years ago, To take the risk of walking out the front door, knowing you could hit a deer or get hit by a car yourself or catch a bad cold or otherwise encounter, at last,Continue reading “The parable of the four lights”

What darkness?

It’s all in our minds, you know. This world, this existence, this life, is all so breathtakingly beautiful that we are overcome. And so, we find ways to reduce the enormity. We glaze our eyes over.  We divert our attention. We fuss among ourselves. We deliberately seek ugliness, and darkness, and what hurts. And so,Continue reading “What darkness?”

A modest proposal

I propose that we, the people, begin to enforce these 10 steps to bring our runaway government under control. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, andContinue reading “A modest proposal”