Sunday, August 6, 2017

Parallel Worlds That Will Soon Converge

There is an optical illusion that has always fascinated me. It is known as the "vanishing point" and the example I like is when you look down a railroad track and it looks as though the tracks meet in the distance even though you know that they don't.

The reason I bring this up was a thought that occurred to me this afternoon while driving around a rural vacation area, far away from the nearest city. It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon and people are out riding bikes, mowing lawns, just doing the sort of thing people like me do on a nice weekend in August.

We really live in parallel worlds in this country. White working class and middle-class people live in the country and suburbs. We blithely go about our lives, largely apathetic and distracted. Jobs, kids, school, church, sports. We have a million things we pay attention to and that keeps us from having to worry about other stuff. We watch the news and we see what is happening in the city but that doesn't really effect us. As long as they are just shooting each other, we can go about our business.

In our cities it is a different story. As Whites and Asian moved out along with minorities with the gumption and ethic to want to get away, and Hispanics and immigrants from other nations move in, the cities in this country are turning into slaughterhouses. Places like Chicago and Baltimore, Little Rock and New Orleans, are places we don't go or if we do for work or sporting events, we get in and get out as fast as we can. I don't know what it is like in these cities at night. I don't want to know.

I am certain that this cannot last for much longer. There is a reckoning coming when we can no longer stare at our phones and watch our football games and pretend that nothing is wrong. The cities have always been centers of culture and commerce in our society but they are rapidly turning into places where our citizens who create that commerce and culture are afraid to go.

I don't know what it will take to shake our people out of their apathy but something needs to happen soon. Being red-pilled one at a time is great but something bigger needs to happen. Unfortunately in order for it to have the impact it needs to shake people up, it is going to be ugly. It is not if, it is when.

When I see people happy and blissfully ignorant I sort of envy them. It can be wearying to think about this stuff all the time, but on the other hand being willfully oblivious is pretty much the same thing as being complicit. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the wonderful things our people have built but you cannot do so while ignoring what others are doing to threaten those things.

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