Monday, December 17, 2012

The importance of closing.

Nothing closes any more.

Yes, the New York City Marathon was cancelled amid the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, but football and commerce rolled on.

A day after a Kansas City Chief football player killed his girlfriend and then himself,
his former team played on.

Two days after the horror in Newtown, the NFL had a full slate of violent games.

Even after JFK was shot--which happened on a Thursday--football was played on Sunday.

There was a time, I suppose, when stores closed.

When television stations went off the air.

When life slowed down.

And maybe, just maybe, people could actually talk to each other.

But today we are heated up ever hotter.

The "shop now" emails never cease, no matter what horror is in the news.

The day after the Connecticut shooting, thousands of young adults thought it was ok to dress as drunken Santas and drunken elves and "party."

We are a nation without reflection.

No one thinks of consequences anymore.

We go lurching from one extravaganza to the next.

Living for the next exclamation point.

We're so busy living for the next thrill we have forgotten how to be human.



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're becoming philosophic Mr T. Is it the end of the year look back, turning 55, or just a period of blue funk but your recent posts are nostalgia dipped in a side of bitter tears. Are you ok? Your verve has been replaced by a scowl and its a bit depressing. You're an intellect not a guy looking to go on meds. Pull yourself together You're not finished nor is the business (Maybe to the Mayans).

George Tannenbaum said...

Blame it on Newtown, CT, anonymous. A sad state of affairs.

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Anonymous said...

Newtown symptomatic of what's wrong with America -- and has always been so --- the Civil war not over in the South, the right by many deluded Americans to own assault rifles and machine pistols, the endless debate abut a woman's right to choose, the billions spent to criminalize marijuana ( a waste of money)...bUt when you see the faces of those 20 6 year olds, you have to mourn and fear for America. WTF have we wrought.

Roger S

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