I just got back from a parade at my new town, it was pretty decent sized, of course a million flags waving everywhere and ‘thanking the vets for their service’, but it always felt so shallow to me. I remember through my early 20’s rapidly coming to a wisdom of that NO ONE GAVE A SHIT if you as a solider lived or died in Iraq, the names endlessly rolled by of ‘those who died for freedom’ and up next did you see what happened on dancing with the stars last night!?
Meanwhile on the news New York city is in complete police state lock down, the headline is ‘police use high tech gadgets to keep 4th safe for everyone’ then it proceeds to show helicopters, boats, dogs, night vision goggles, police running around with shitty ARs all in the name of FREEDUMB. It really shows how gone we are, we are CELEBRATING the lockdown, just like the boston bombing where the city CHEERED as police pounded through everyones house.
One thing that kind of struck me today to, was I mentioned that med flight crash yesterday, the women I am occasionally involved with of course is heartbroken over knowing the crew, and I loosely, very loosely, knew them, but it seemed like a big deal, a big time flight CRASH wtf else would be on front page news? But I talked to a flight paramedic today here, and he knew NOTHING about it, no front page news anywhere, NOTHING.
It seemed big to me because I was once involved in that type of stuff, but the rest of society gave a shit. It hit me that I was like the shitty solider or marine, society lays these dumb accolades of how brave and selfless we are but when inevitably plowed down into death no one gives a shit, just change the channel or pop in a new movie.
How utterly distorted we have become. We celebrate the military for our freeDUMB yet in no way truly give a shit about the ‘sacrifices’, we wave our flags and meanwhile accept our lockdown. All that is left is we retreat into insular communities like the EMS community where they cry for their crew lost, thinking it matters at all, that it was important, ignoring the harsh truth that NO ONE KNOWS AND NO ONE CARES.