Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Abandon all hope

Maybe one of the most horrible things about being in Hell is how similar it is to ordinary life. Maybe not knowing whether you're there or not is part of the punishment. It's a bright beautiful Florida morning, but something's wrong. I can't put my finger on it, but there are signs.

"What really gets me about airport security is the people they hire," says the woman across the table from me at the club. "I mean this woman has a dot on her forehead and they think I'm dangerous?"

The TV picture comes on, tuned to CNN's Lou Dobbs show: "Are the rich liberal elite betraying the country? more, after this. . ." In disgust, I switch to another news network. There must be some liberal media somewhere.

It's a commercial. The sleek exotic sports car sits alone in the showroom window as mommy vans and SUV's stuffed with rowdy rugrats and rugrat paraphernalia drive by. There are tears in the Lamborghini's headlights. Perhaps the 200 MPH exotic is dreaming of growing up to be a garbage truck. There are tears in my eyes too.

Maybe hell isn't a place where your momma has a 1/4 - 20 bolt through her lip and an anchor tattooed on her chest. Maybe hell isn't just a place where the world screams at you day and night to buy cheese fries and diet meals and sports water and sleeping pills and get out of debt scams and refinance your third mortgage to take the kids to Disneyland in a dump truck. Lobotom-On, apply directly to the forehead.

Maybe it's not just a madhouse where we hate American Hindus and Mexicans because Saudi Arabians blew up a building in New York. Maybe hell is a place where all this happens and people think it's normal.


d.K. said...

I was in Lake Tahoe last week and met the funniest, nicest woman from Minneapolis who had a wicked sense of humor. Over cocktails, she mentioned that commedienne who had said at the Emmy's that she "didn't thank Jesus for her award, she earned it herself" or something to that effect. This woman opined that the commedienne had severely crossed the line, and that the TV Network ought to "censor" her remarks from the broadcast.

So, like your commenter regarding the Indian woman, "they" are out there, everywhere. We're amidst totalitarians everywhere, and we don't even know it. Sounds paranoid, I know, but I'm beginning to believe my own eyes.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

I was thinking about how clever our government/media are. In Burma, they have monks protesting totalitarian rule and in America, we have religious "leaders" begging for it.