I’d like to take this opportunity to make a point and to reiterate something I say a lot. The United States of America gets dumb every two weeks! It’s been a little more than that since the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt went down. And what do we have to show? Well, a great way to make a buck selling "Boston Strong" T-shirts! I’m sorry; I don’t mean to be cynical, and I certainly don’t want to be irreverent, but the fact remains that we were heavily united and non-divisive there for about a week. Then it weakened in week two, now jokes are being made. Jokes!! Do I understand that humor helps us through? Yes I do, but it also speaks volumes about where we are as a species.
Fact is we’ve moved on -- that unification we felt right after the bombing is gone, that "One Nation Under God, Indivisible," has turned back into self-serving and "What’s in it for me?" Sorry to be the one to break it to you and if you disagree and still feel that we’re unified, then congratulations, you’re one of the good people. But here’s the bad news -- that uncomfortable hot feeling you get from your waist down is you being sucked into the tar pits to join your prehistoric brethren.
Do I sound a little bitter? Yup, yup, I do. Especially when days after the manhunt was over I watched news story after news story about men carrying black backpacks and how society is now afraid of them! Well, if you’re afraid of a black backpack, I’ve got a crock pot that could possibly give you a little startle and a pressure cooker that will make you leave the country!
Let’s think about it. Less than 24 hours after the bombing, Facebook lit up with messages and graphics that pulled us together and made us forget that one person was Republican and the other was Democrat; messages that truly dropped the divide we have between us. There was no black or white, no upper or lower class, there was simply a unifying sentiment that we will find who did this and bring them to justice. You can’t come in here, be crazy and do something stupid and get away with it! This is the United States of America! Fourteen days later we’re back to screaming at the barista because our half caff double mocha caramel drizzle latte is not gluten free. Seriously! It’s really annoying.
Now, I’m not saying that we have to go skipping through the flowers hand in hand with our heads placed so firmly up our own body cavities that we can’t see the bad coming. But how about we just don’t forget that we’re all on the same team and if we continually put out a message that if you do this you will be caught, then I gotta believe it’ll slow this stuff down.
See, a lot of this stuff happens (at least I believe) because we’re a lazy culture that’s pretty self-involved. And because we are so "Me, me, me" we can’t see the forest because of the trees. That being said, could we have seen two guys walking around the finish line at the Boston Marathon with backpacks? The answer is no, that part wouldn’t change. But if they felt like we would be paying attention, if they knew that when they did this they would be caught, perhaps it wouldn’t have happened. Perhaps, that’s a big statement, one that I can’t back up with any data -- just a gut feeling.
Anyway, I guess I’ve gone on long enough. I guess we’ll continue to forget things two weeks after they happen. I wish it wasn’t the case and maybe I’m not giving the human race enough credit. What the Hell is up with that?