“Truedog” has found the one word necessary to describe modern America: ‘hysterical‘. Everything’s blown out of proportion; no one has an ounce of common sense; we’ve all lost our collective shit. He also offers a most intriguing explanation:
Here’s my theory: I think everyone in America shares an unconscious, often hidden, and largely unarticulated conclusion that we fucked up, the glory days are over, the country is in deep shit, and there’s no way out. We know in our bones that we’re falling apart and the rest of the world is moving ahead. Forget about being #1, we’ll be lucky to level off at #17. I think that panic is shared across the political board. Although ideology plays a strong role in who is blamed, the hysteria comes from a common root. This isn’t just about now or the unemployment rate. It’s deeper and more primal. It taps into our inner terror of losing our grip and never getting it back. Hysteria is just the vibration in our national fuselage as the American empire noses over and loses altitude. People sense they have lost something and are frantic over it.
So let’s just chill the fuck out until we regain our senses, or at least come to grips with our emerging place in the world. In the meantime, we would do well to acknowledge that we’re overreacting, and to at least back up our paranoia with meaningful actions instead of half-assing it. Bruce Schneier suggests that we close the Washington Monument instead of installing airport-like security. “We can reopen the monument when every foiled or failed terrorist plot causes us to praise our security, instead of redoubling it.”