Conflict or “Equilibrium”

My regular readers know I’m becoming quite the misanthrope in my old age (that’d be 31.)   The world is a lot smaller now that we’re all virtually connected via the internet.  Everyday that I’m online, I’m bombarded with information, a lot of it bad news.  War, famine, rape, death, abuse, injustice.  People doing horrible things to the Earth, animals, each other…their own children.  It’s always been around, but now we’re ever more aware of it, and it seems to be getting worse.

Becoming a mother has made me hypersensitive to the atrocity.  I hate this world we live in.  I hate these people who can’t see past their own id.  My heart breaks for the innocents, and I’m often afraid for my child, who has to grow up in… a sea of crazy people.  I wonder what we can do to effect a significant change in people…   It feels like there’s nothing we can do.

And then today,  I started watching Equilibrium.

The film follows John Preston (Bale), a warrior-priest and enforcement officer in a future dystopia where both feelings and artistic expression are outlawed and citizens take daily injections of drugs to suppress their emotions.

Based on the concept that emotions are the root of all strife in the world, the logic is that by eliminating these basic emotions, conflict is eliminated.  And the concept seems to have merit, if you don’t consider the immediate execution of any persons committing “sense” offenses, as well as the incineration of any emotionally stimulating material– art, music, and apparently, puppies–  to be “conflict.”

I'm sure this was the director's intention, but is it any wonder the insignia for the dystopic powers that be looks like a swastika?

I’m sure this was the director’s intention, but is it any wonder the insignia for the dystopic powers that be looks like a swastika?

But as you may well have guessed, it is a colorless, pointless, and dull existence, devoid of any happiness…or empathy And in the end, isn’t the absence of empathy the root of the problem our world already faces?

The problem with the film…  Sean Bean.  Goddammit! Is there any film in which he doesn’t die ?

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What Has Happened to the “News?”

I’ll admit I like a quirky or interesting story as much as the next person.  Today, I was reading a Huffington Post article about a woman who had her gym membership revoked after breaking the “no cell phones” rule one too many times. I’ll even admit I commented, or rather, replied to a few comments.  I just really can’t stand it when people think it’s okay to annoy and inconvenience others around them with their cell habits (or any habits) just because it’s convenient for them.

But then I realized…this is not news.  As one person succinctly summed up in the comments, So what.  Go to another gym. Why is this news?  I mean, the article was just reporting, not an editorial.  It wasn’t written from a specific standpoint, like an admonishment to not be a dick while on your cell phone, and the subject is not exactly something that raises awareness in others.  The lady broke the rules, she got kicked out.  No injustice there.  End of story.

And then I thought back to some recent discussions hubby and I had about the same thing.  Featured television news stories on Kate Middleton’s “baby bump,” while a tiny ticker tape at the bottom of the screen noted people killed overseas and accidents and whatnot…you know…relevant news.

It’s pretty disgusting actually.  I know most don’t want to see bad news and horror and death all the time for a while. I stopped logging in to my AOL mail for a while because literally every day, it seemed like there was a new case of child abuse or family annihilation in the news.  But that doesn’t mean our “happy” news pieces have to be a fluff and no substance.

As much darkness as there is in the world, there is also great people doing kind things, and plenty of “feel good” stuff that merits more recognition than Kim Kardashian getting fat or Kate Middletons “baby belly.”

A dog that saves some soldiers from a Taliban bomb.  A bunch of volunteers rescuing 900 dogs from poor conditions.  Or maybe check out these child philanthropists…

The sad thing is, most of the time, you actually have to dig for these types of stories, whereas all the daily bullshit of stupid people is readily available as soon as you open any search engine home page  (ex),whether you want to see it or not.

And a lot of us are reading this shit.  I do it sometimes too…   Please give me something better to read…or at the very least, confine the gossipy, Hollywood bullshit to just a small headline or a tiny ticker tape at the bottom of the TV screen.  Americans need to readjust their priorities and perspectives, and maybe some of them need a little help seeing what is really important.

My first quick meme...I'm so proud...~sniff~

My first quick meme…I’m so proud...~sniff~

And as usual, my girl over at B(itch) Log is on the same wavelength:  http://heatherchristenaschmidt.com/2013/03/04/can-i-have-your-autograph/