Waking up from the American Nightmare

5 11 2007

“Our lives must find their place in a greater story
or they will find their place in a lesser one.”
– H. Stephen Shoemaker

Everyone is story-formed. It’s only a question of which story. There are few things more powerful then the story we feel we’re living out. 95% of Americans live lives so predictable its like they are all being paid to perform the same script written for them by a sad combination of greedy advertising executives, gutless college professors and lifeless religious leaders.

There is an antidote. But you’ll have to wake up! Wake up from this crazy collective American nightmare. A nightmare so incurably besot with boredom we patronize a billion dollar splatter horror film industry. A nightmare so devoid of meaning we’ve named our latest generation after their emotional immaturity. A nightmare so shallow I’m forced to fish any real email messages out of a sea penile enhancement spam.

How do we escape this lesser story? The minute our eyes open the lullabies sooth us right back to sleep. In fact this whole article is making me sleepy and I’d rather be watching a cat lip sync to Britney Spears on YouTube. But in this brief lucid moment can I ask – what will happen when we all suddenly, collectively, wake up and discover what the REAL story is? That the story was not our story. That where reality is, we are not the central character of the story. What will that moment be like? I doubt there’s an emo saying that will quite capture it.

Sleep well…

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2 responses

6 11 2007
David

I really like your post. It addresses many issues I think about. We are living in such a man-manipulated society based on profit and brain-washed media-fed thinking. Our needs, wants, goals and desires are manufactured by ads and rumors of success? We are better than this. I feel mankind is at low tide and will eventually evolve into a new race of men who will introduce higher levels of thinking and carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. Our future is brighter than this!
David

6 11 2007
Gavin

Dude. Love it.

The shift to the Great Story cannot be slow and gradual. I think we must take radical measures. We must pluck out an eye or cut off a hand. We must have a “whatever it takes” mentality. What must we do?

Must we sell our possessions? Must we rip out the media that lulls us to sleep? Whatever the remedy, we need it soon. And it is up to us to figure out how to STAY awake.

We must also tell (and live) our Story as consistently, as pervasively, as powerfully, as ubiquitously as the propogators of lesser stories.

Thx for giving me a jolt of caffeine.

Gavin

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