Where is the line? Good lord. If you have to ask - it's probably already too late. I am asking because I don’t know. Bear with me:
On one hand, you have guys like Aesop. He’s ready to rock out with his
cack Glock out. He is a rage head, given to over reaction and panic. He and I have crossed swords before; first when he and Pete thought terrorist bastadges were going to bomb the world back to the Stone Age - with hobby drones. When I tried to explain that all the CG animations and mass media hype was fake - he let me have it broadside with his “wit”. Later he panicked like a school girl for the Ebola scare, and when the chinkpox took off … he was in his glory. He didn’t have a bird, he had a friggin cow, man! Bodies would stack up out in the street by the morgues, grave yards and hospitals! Doctors and nurses would collapse from sheer exhaustion!!! 25% morbidity rate! Maybe higher!!! We’re all gonna DIE!!! Now he’s going to lead the Second Civil War because all the idiot commies he scared the shit out of want to force him to take a shot for the chinkpox and possibly rabies as well. For him the chair is always against the wall if ya catch my drift…🤪👍
Over on the other side of this spectrum are guys like TB. He is not prone to panic at all. You could drop a bomb on him and he’d have the mess cleaned up by coffee time and be looking at plans for new houses…assuming he survived the blast. In my bible they talk about guys who are slow to anger - and I’ve seen glaciers go hot before he does. I was actually astonished when he and his introverted preppers discovered recently that there are really, really bad things going on in our countries now… and I laughed like hell when they decided that they’d meet the darkening future without violence, and support each other as much as possible and maybe even passively fork the new establishment our enemies are seeking to force on us. Can you spend TOO much time in the bible? Dear God…these guys are lambs talking about defying lions! They think that our age’s rising psychotic overlords will just leave them alone to putter in their gardens, go to their churches, and they’ll sail on the winds until the whole thing blows over. He would never over react like a hot head like me would. They aren’t as
crazy political as I am and that gave me pause for thought. They are normal people with lives, in the middle of the political spectrum. They see both sides of every issue where I do not. They have lives, you see, they do things and I spend too much time online.😇
So. Here, I sit. I know I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. But I’ve read history books, and squabbled with other online amateur historians about the lives and times of our ancestors. One thing that always floors me about the big crimes, mass murders, and genocides is that the people doing them… the guys pulling the triggers, posturing in the kangaroo courts, putting the blindfold on the prisoners…look hard at those people. It’s hard with the old black and white pics, yellowed with time… but if you look at the nervous bums in the background on the firing squad…one of them might look similar to a guy like Quartermain in another time and place. In another pic a solemn officer listens to some peasant farmers as they plead for their lands and property he was sent to confiscate. If he put on a few pounds he might look like Jack or Pete. The farmers losing everything might resemble Judy and her husband. The people that did these awful things and suffered and died look just like us guys today. I’ll bet they watched the wheels coming off their cultures too, and argued about what to do about it. I’ll bet things started small as they are right now… on bone dry beds of political tinder… just waiting for a spark. And when the mess catches…everyone else is dragged into the inferno regardless of their politics, their their morality or their station in life. When they get get stoked, people die by the millions and the vast majority of them are innocent non-combatants. Farmers, clerics, working folk, kids, the elderly it’s a crap shoot when the world starts to burn. How many watched the flames consume their lives and said, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this!”
I don’t think I am a hot head…? Others are seeing things too. I don’t care what anyone says, Vicki is not a rage head. Some of the actions I see being taken are to my mind - not mere provocations or taunts. They are flat out acts of war and demand a response. Every day the neoliberal left attacks our freedoms, our kids, our women… and our leaders in charge of the institutions to prevent exactly these abuses and over-reaches do nothing. Or worse, they take part. We’ve been here before: Chamberlain was the hero of the hour when he waved a scrap of paper, signed by Hitler that promised “peace in our time”. A couple weeks later the lead started to fly. Appeasement doesn’t work. It never has, and it won’t now. For now, the bad guys cross one line after the other and I pray that somewhere along the line we get the courage and faith in ourselves to stand up and put a stop to it.
I don’t think TB is the guy in the middle… I think I am. And as things get worse and worse… Aesop begins to make more and more sense. And maybe life is not about mere survival? What kind of people or christians are we to “tolerate” the stuff we are seeing? Where are you in all this? Where’s your line?
Aesop is drawing up hit lists of local shitheads that will need to be held accountable and possibly potted, laying in ammo and medical supplies and working on coded communication protocols. He’s ready to boogaloo tomorrow or even later today. TB’s declaring victory without firing a shot. I don’t know what spectrum I’m on or where I am on it. But I DO have a moral compass, and a sense of honour too, believe it or not. They wobble from time to time…but since we’re all on our own - I will do what I see as ‘right’. And I will do it to those that I see as wrong. I don’t know what that will look like, or who will be involved… but that’s all I know for sure, right now. 🤬
It isn’t right to pick a fight, but nor is it necessarily right to run from one either. Have a good Sunday you guys, and thanks for dropping in to hear me prattle. May you pick your fights wisely.