I’ll try to do a Dark Fate later today, but I’m about running out the door, to spend most of the day in a waiting room.
I’d like to make several points, though, before I go, partly to explain what yesterday’s post was about.
First of all I made the post yesterday because I HAD TO. The other alternative was walking away and shuttering the blog. I was going to bed depressed every night, which interferes with what I do to earn a living.
Now some of you are going to say I can’t stand contrary views, I’m unreasonably optimistic, and I can’t stand to have anyone oppose it. Obviously, this is what at least one gentleman believed, as he thought I meant he shouldn’t read my blog any more because he “can’t find hope.”
Certainly, if you’re so depressed that you need bolstering, I DON’T mean to send you away.
What we were dealing with, though, was not depression. It was “burn it all downers” treating their “side” as a soccer team. If we pointed reasons why the US is not like any of the scary examples they’re scaring themselves with, they come back with “Nuh-uh, yes it is.” The apex of this, again, was someone thinking that Americans will act like Chinese or Russians at the time of their revolutions, ignoring culture, ignoring education, ignoring the fact we have the ability to communicate without state interference and therefore would know what is happening. In fact, ignoring anything except the “win” that we’re going to go down just like Russia and China.
And accusing me of fetishizing guns was probably the funniest part of all this. Yeah, Americans aren’t even aware of the liberties they do have, like a fish isn’t aware of water. Which is why we’re not like any of those other countries. If you don’t know that, you might have no perspective on what the world is really like. You might also wish to consider you’re not fully informed and get your images of the possible from reading too much fiction.
When I’m faced with people like that, who want to “win” by… I don’t know causing everyone else to kill themselves, yes, I do tell them to get out of the way. Because after a while you get tired of fighting the very same irrational battles. If these people BELIEVED what they say they’d already be committing suicide. But it’s all testosterone, wanting to be right and believing that the worst case scenario makes them “smarter.”
I’ve seen this in the past. I grew up in the cold war and we were going to be nuked, really, next month, if not before.
As to my vaunted optimism: This makes me giggle. I am not by any definition an optimist. Ever. My worlds, despite the fact my characters keep fighting are actually fairly dark. If you look back through past posts you’ll find I expected by now we’d have lost an American city to a nuke. Even now, I expect whatever the outcome of this election, there will be blood on the streets, and in some places it will get to the level of “civil war.” (Take the thing in Charlotte to the next level.) I’m predicting domestic terrorism if the left loses (which doesn’t look likely) and I’m predicting the government harassing areas it doesn’t like if the left wins.
I’m not predicting “the long night” because that would take A LOT of nuclear explosions. I’m not saying it’s impossible, mind. That was also what yesterday’s post was about. But those nuclear explosions will come from outside the country, not within.
Anything else? We’ll rebuild. We haven’t yet got to the level of civil disorder of the seventies here, let alone the seventies in Europe.
Things are never as bad as we imagine they’ll be. They’re also never as good. Those who thought we could elect republicans and then sit back and reap the benefits, and who are now mad because their brilliant plan didn’t work are guilty of unwarranted optimism. Also of not understanding our system of checks and balances and of expecting legislators to perform miracles.
My best case scenario is that we’re going to eat live slugs for four years. At the end of those four years, if we’ve worked really hard and are very very good at it, we MIGHT be lucky enough to get another Mitt Romney. And in three more cycles, if we’re very good, we might have someone approaching Reagan, after which we can continue applying shoulder to the wheel to get us to as close to the constitution as this sorry world will allow.
The nation isn’t turned around in one administration or in one week. The left has been taking over the administrative apparatus for a hundred years. Count on at least that much. Yeah, each of us can’t do much. I know my only usefulness is in the culture wars. But I’ll do my poor best. And if each of us does his/her poor best in the cause of freedom, which might very well involve working for liberty in the belly of the beast, our great grandchildren might be free men and women.
If this is unwarranted optimism, you’re reading me wrong. And if you think my scenario is depressing, consider the alternative if your great granddaughters being women of the veil, dressed like living room furniture, or your sons living in 1984.
Not that 1984 is plausible. The tech went the other way, from mass to individual. Which is why I say that in the end we win, they lose. We are more in tune with how things are done now, while they pine for the “mass information” world of the twentieth century. Mass production too. That encouraged thinking of humans as widgets. This encourages thinking of each one different.
But adapting to how things work now will take time. And it will take work. And if your only interest in the world is to see the long night come, you are, objectively, working against Liberty and humanity. I don’t have to indulge your sadism.
And I don’t have to go to bed every night between angry and depressed.
So, that was yesterday’s post.
If you’re willing to work, no matter how disheartened you get at times, you’re welcome here. You’re my brothers and sisters.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat but there’s a 10% chance the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train, but liberty for future generations.