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These are my thoughts. They are based on what I see going on around me.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

I know very little about myself. If I did know myself better, I probably wouldn't be doing this.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

In the closing scene of the 1933 classic "King Kong", as the giant gorilla lies dead on the street,someone in the crowd says, "The planes got him". The man who captured Kong and brought him to civilization responds, "It wasn't the airplanes; it was beauty killed the beast".
If someday America finds itself in the same position as King Kong and someone in the crowd says, " The enemy finally got them.", the response very well might be, "it wasn't the enemy; it was evaporation that killed America."
The 2005 movie, "Good Night Good Luck" tells the story of legendary television journalist Edward R. Murrow's taking on of Senator Joseph McCarthy, and McCarthy's obsession with Communism's foothold in America's culture during the 1950's. The movie tends to portray Murrow as a one-of-a-kind journalist whose style of looking out for the "average Joe" is all but obsolete.
Not only was Edward R. Murrow not the only journalist of his kind back in his day,but in just about every corner of society there were popular icons that were closer to the "average Joe" than there were those living high and mighty above the "average Joe" looking down on them and considering them to be beneath them and there to serve them.
In Murrow's time, for instance, it was not unusual for professional baseball players to mingle on the streets after a big game ( there are documented stories of ballplayers riding the subway home after a World Series game).
Across the board from newscasters to entertainers to professional athletes to politicians that closeness in identity and lifestyle with the "average Joe" has all but evaporated in our culture. That is why so few are left and why the few who are left are looked upon as novelties, not mainstream.
In the process, the rest of us have let the feeling of us "all being in this together" evaporate. That feeling could also be called our "common bond".
It was the common bond of knowing that this country requires constant vigilance and hard work to work at all that kept Murrow and the rest of his generation anchored in the reality of knowing that they all needed each other. This knowledge has evaporated in our society.
They knew that if one of them got robbed, they all got robbed. If one of them got cheated, they all got cheated. This awareness has evaporated in our society.
They also knew that, in the big picture, government was a necessary evil that they had to keep in check or it would eat its own tail. That knowledge has evaporated in our society.
When something evaporates, it turns into a vapor; and a vapor is something without substance. In short, where once the label
"average Joe" was a medal of honor, it now is considered a synonym for "second-class citizen".


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