I’d have to say, the older I get, the more I recognize humanity as one cohesive whole, instead of the myriad of possible classifications we artificially divide ourselves into.
Maybe it's the wisdom of age or the watching capitalist society crumble or a combination of both, but it seems clear that the only real us vs. them scenario is humanity vs "the system" or the "Elites" or "The 1%" or whatever term you're comfortable with.
It's the people in charge of the world vs. us, every regular person, every middle and lower class person. Every person living in poverty. Every person that has been excluded or unfairly persecuted or oppressed or held down.
I live with the frustration of seeing this and seeing that many people don't see it, every day.
Every day I'm sickened by the self-centered, self-absorbed society that we've become, where everyone wants to be heard and respected for their opinions, but refuses to listen to others or ignores the messages of others when they are truly in need and facing real world issues that require more than a keyboard to solve. Everyone seems to put their personal well being above that of others and their communities.
It's openly known, most people don't think that those in charge have the best interests of those who aren't in their own social or political class in mind. Yet, we still support them. We spend money in their stores. We keep voting the same career politicians who've never kept a promise, in. We keep being enamored with celebrities and reality TV stars, enough so to vote them into public offices that they have no business occupying.
In Britain, citizens are heading toward a winter where government assistance is running out and energy and utility companies are closing up and going bankrupt. It makes the mind conjure up a Dickensian nightmare for Chistmas 2021.
Things here in Canada are a little better, unless you're someone like me, who slipped through the cracks of the system because once my teaching job went online, teaching positions were amalgamated and my job was eliminated. Government support ended in October and with my job eliminated, I can never expect to be called back to work, so people like me are left to scramble and make what we can with our creative skills and abilities to survive the coming Canadian winter. Good thing I know how to use a computer and a pencil. I'm sure there's others who don't, and if they don't have a marketable skill, are looking up how much to charge for pics and videos on OnlyFans or how much to charge on the street for sexual favours.
Is that the future we're heading towards? Where every woman (and some men) have to SUPPLEMENT, their existing income by selling nude photos online?
Things don't look much better in the U.S., especially since they pay very high rates for health care.
We fight each other all day online over petty disagreements about fictional characters and scenarios, but we can't seem to muster anywhere near the same energy to fight for to the change that we can all see we need in life, every day. The denial is beginning to border on delusion.
We must be willing to fight for the justice and equality we want, or it will be taken by those who want to sell it back to us in broken pieces, for their own profit.
Here's some of my recent art, from Orlok Explains All Day Breakfast.
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