Thursday, November 10, 2011

Today's Society....FAIL!

I don't know what to rant about first. The GOP Fail which is self evident in their presidential candidates or the Penn State Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno Fail. Better yet, maybe I should rant about a society FAIL!

The words that come to my mind are "morally bankrupt." What are we doing to ourselves? Next question...WHY? How have we gotten so far away from doing the right thing and into doing that which is expedient? What part of sticking your head in the sand is going to correct this mess?

How did I end up living in a society where politicians think it's OK to steal from the poor to give to the rich? When did sexual harassment become an excusable offense because the perpetrator is in a position of power? Why was it fine for people in positions of authority to condone the abuse of children in the name of having a winning college football team? What part of treating women as if we're chattel is acceptable because it's being done in the name of religion?

For some strange reason I keep thinking about something I read back in 2007. I was doing music posts for my Blogstream blog and had been listening a lot to Dio. I was trying to find a way to do a post about a song of his called "Killing The Dragon". It didn't really make any sense to me until I found an interview he did about the album that song was on. He wouldn't use a computer or much by way of what we call technology these days. He referred to all of it as "heartless little Gods." Said some day we'd be sorry we worshipped at the altar of technology. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe he wasn't right.

We used to know that not everything we want to do should be done. We used to understand that as a human, we had baser instincts that were best not indulged in. Now it seems that anything goes. We can do anything we want to entirely because it feels good to us. If it doesn't feel good to you, then too bad, I'm the only one that matters to me. Apparently for some it feels good to debase women in the name of sexual satisfaction. And for others it feels good to corrupt children and make their lives a painful experience. One that will damage them, in many ways, beyond repair.

I have far too many questions and no really good answers. I just know that I am glad I don't have my whole long life ahead of me. I'm afraid to see what the next 50 years is going to bring. If the changes I've witnessed in my lifetime are any indication, we will have entirely lost our souls by then.


  1. Sherry:

    Speaking of songs that relate to the present time, how about these lyrics from Jewel:

    "Who Will Save Your Soul"

    People living their lives for you on TV
    They say they're better than you and you agree
    He says "Hold my calls from behind those cold brick walls"
    Says "Come here boys, there ain't nothing for free"
    Another doctor's bill, a lawyer's bill
    Another cute cheap thrill
    You know you love him if you put in your will

    Who will save your soul when it comes to the flower?
    Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told, boy?
    Who will save your soul if you won't save your own?

    We try to hustle them, try to bustle them, try to cuss them
    The cops want someone to bust down on Orleans Avenue
    Another day, another dollar, another war,
    Another tower went up, where the homeless had their homes
    So we pray to as many different Gods as there are flowers
    But we call religion our friend
    We're so worried about saving our souls
    Afraid that God will take His toll
    That we forget to begin


    Some are walking, some are talking, some are stalking their kill
    You got social security, but that doesn't pay your bills
    There are addictions to feed and there are mouths to pay
    So you bargain with the Devil, say you're OK for today,
    You say that you love them, take their money and run
    Say it's been swell, sweetheart, but it was just one of those things
    Those flings, those strings you've got to cut,
    So get out on the streets, girls, and bust you butts.

  2. Sherry:

    Amen to this post!

    And to Whit: Just listened to that song last night!

  3. Sherry ...the Penn State fail and the Republican fail have a lot in common...Penn State only cares about their "Brand" so cover up all items that would reflect poorly on their "Brand Name"..nothing else matters...........

    The Republicans only cares about winning the White House in 2012..Every other issue be dammed...Do nothing to help the country, the citizens or the economy due to the fact it would
    help the Democratic "Brand" and that can not be allowed at any cost.

    Penn State should be ashamed and close their doors and go home as they have failed at any justification for being called anything but degenerate.

    The Republicans should be ashamed and close their offices and also go home for the exact same reason

  4. Sherry: times haven't changed. I lived through segregation, McCarthyism, the Viet Nam war, Nixon, race riots and the list goes on. There never was a "good old days." America, like the rest of the world, reflects the human condition. We are not very nice people but we try to hold it together for our own selfish good. I love idealism, but reality is stark.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  5. Sherry,
    I was going to write about these same subjects, but I increasingly wonder, what's the point?

  6. Whit, Sherry, Sarge, Fringe, Wayfarer, Pop, Mr. Ornery, - Just wanted to let you gays/gals know that my wife (PuP) has started a new, absolutely private group on Facebook - made up entirely of Ex-Blogstreamers.

    """ Ex-Blogstreamers are the only ones allowed in this private group.""""

    She started it yesterday and has already signed up 45 Ex-Blogstreamers. It seems to be taking off sort of and I think you should check it out. I'm on Facebook - but I don't use it enough to be profienct with it - However, there is a 'doc' feature that she set up where we can post writings and etc. and are encouaged to do so.

    This thing may take off - so check it out - they are asking about you guys - and some others. Pup has signed up Scratch since he is on her 'friends list' but as to the details and stuff you will need to get with Pup and Six and some of the others (who knows the in and outs of Facebook since I don't).

    come on over and check it out whether you decide to stick with it or not.

    I'm going to give it a shot.

    p.s. we need to let all ex-blogstreamers (here on Blogger) know what is going on over at Facebook - spread the word to everyone.



  7. Good post. Thanks for voicing my own frustration. Sometimes I think I have lived too long already. I've nearly given up watching the news in favor of watching the wildlife around me--a luxury of retirement. The more I know about society, the better I like animals. :(

  8. Hello Sherry - check out my blog for a list of the people over on Facebook from Blogstream.


  9. Hoping you and yours had a great T-Day! We (ex-blogstreamers on Facebook) have our own "private group" on FB and we are wanting you to join us and give it a try.

    Whit is there as is TB and Pop, myself, (Sarge and Fringe are on there way also) Pup and approximately 60 other ex-blogstreamers. What we need from you to accomplish this (if you desire) is to e-mail Pup - at with your Facebook name. Once Pup adds you as a friend you will be able to see the "Blogstream Reunited" link on the FB Homepage and then join the crowd.


    p.s. Bella is on her way over here too.

  10. Hi Sherry. Just stopped by to check on you. Hope all is well with you. Wishing you and yours a most joyous and safe Christmas. Love, Bupu