It’s one of those knowns that no one wants to talk about. The sidewalk sale of hate in our society. The big dollar enterprises that are Fox News, MSNBC, Drudge Report, Salon, Rush Limbaugh, and so on. All echo chambers. All encouraging us to hate our political opposites. All feeding you just enough to keep you coming back. All have a laundry list of expert commentators that are only experts on selling shit…or to put it mildly, talking points.
It truly is like going into a restaurant. Your waitress gives you a menu, and you notice that the only sandwich available is the hate sandwich. You look up at your waitress and ask, “do you think you will ever run out of hate sandwiches?” She just gives you a quizzical glance and then laughs as she walks away. Just then, you realize you didn’t order the side of fear and spend the next five minutes unsuccessfully flagging your waitress down to update your order.
Oh you bet we need fear. Without fear, we wouldn’t be so likely to send someone else’s sons and daughters off to war to kill someone that poses no direct threat to our country. We wouldn’t be so willing to pay for a security system for our home or enhanced weaponry for our police forces. We wouldn’t be so willing to accept the fallout when a swat team storms the wrong house and badly injures a toddler with a flash-bang grenade.
Between all the fear and hate, we are nearly paralyzed to make any true progress toward building a better society. Inequality of wealth is spiraling out of control. Corporations rights trump those of citizens, the human kind. We’re granted almost limitless lines of credit that we rack up to ensure we can’t afford to miss one day of work. To ensure that we are economic slaves to our employer. And yet we still buy more hate and fear with every opportunity. We’re addicted…
I don’t have the answers, but I’m pretty sure it would be something that we could all agree on. Not our differences, but our similarities.