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January 4th, 2005


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08:27 am - Tsunami, etc.
I admit. Like fred_smith, I have trouble conceptualizing the Tsunami. I feel disconnected. Obviously, I'm supposed to feel something. Hell, everyone reading this journal seems to be sickened, saddened, or stupified by the thing. About the only "S" word I haven't seen is "sleezy". I think I'm happy that no one feels "sleezy" about the Tsunami.

I gave up worrying about it, though. I don't think it's a failing as a human being. I don't think I'm less of a person. Heck, I don't even think that I'm expected to feel bad about the whole thing.

Is it because I didn't lose a loved one? Is it because I have a really dark sense of humour? Is it because I still haven't mailed out Christmas cards? Is it because I secretly think that these people were dirty and unwashed and could use a good bath? Is it because I'm actually a Republican?

I don't think it's any of those reasons, but then, I'm not known for understanding things.

In the end, I tried to care. I really did. I looked at the pictures, watched the news, and whistled a low whistle at the numbers, shaking my head at the initial offer of $35M of aid. I had all the outward signs of a genuinely caring person. Yet try as I might to care, I failed miserably.

What was my first thought when I heard about the earthquake? "Isn't that near Krakatoa? I'd like to visit there someday." What about when I heard about the tidalwave? "Didn't they expect that?"

I'm sorry, my friends. I just don't feel it.

Think of me what you must.
Current Mood: hopefulLookin' up.
Current Music: "Little Egypt", -JB

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From:bloodlikerain
Date:January 4th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)

well, i like to THINK i'm a compassionate person

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although this comment may prove otherwise

I acknowladge that it's a tragedy, in the sense that thousands of people are dying.

and really, thats about as much as i acknowladged that sept 11 was a tragedy too.

i guess mass trgedies just have no effect on me. in fact, when i first heard of the tsunami, i cracked more than one joke about how god was smiting asians for all their patriarchy and child abuse. i cracked jokes on sept 11 too.

maybe i have a dark, disturbed sense of cynical humor, maybe i'm not horribly opposed to mass deaths because of world over-population, maybe i'm un-compassionate and heartless.

if one person dies who i don't know i think "suck" and move on, if 50,000 people die who i don't know, i think the same thing. sorry for people who are closely connected tot he loss, but i don't know anyone who is either. i don't even know anyone who knew anyone on sept 11th. and this is why i'm starting to get irritated by each person i know who post some long memorial about sept 11 every year when they didn't know anyone who died, nor did they know anyone, who knew anyone, who died.

humans suck up resources and commit horrible atrocoties and ignore the fact that we're mortal.

speaking of being flooded out, i thought of this song by tool....

Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this

Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of
Freaks

Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay.

Fret for your figure and
Fret for your latte and
Fret for your hairpiece and
Fret for your lawsuit and
Fret for your prozac and
Fret for your pilot and
Fret for your contract and
Fret for your car.

It's a
Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of
Freaks

Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay.

Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still.
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits.

Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will cuz
I sure could use a vacation from this

Silly shit, stupid shit...

One great big festering neon distraction,
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied.

Learn to swim.

Mom's gonna fix it all soon.
Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be.

Learn to swim.

Fuck L Ron Hubbard and
Fuck all his clones.
Fuck all those gun-toting
Hip gangster wannabes.

Learn to swim.

Fuck retro anything.
Fuck your tattoos.
Fuck all you junkies and
Fuck your short memory.

Learn to swim.

Fuck smiley glad-hands
With hidden agendas.
Fuck these dysfunctional,
Insecure actresses.

Learn to swim.

Cuz I'm praying for rain
And I'm praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way.
I wanna watch it all go down.
Mom please flush it all away.
I wanna watch it go right in and down.
I wanna watch it go right in.
Watch you flush it all away.

Time to bring it down again.
Don't just call me pessimist.
Try and read between the lines.

I can't imagine why you wouldn't
Welcome any change, my friend.

I wanna see it all come down.
suck it down.
flush it down.


From:purge_chic
Date:February 3rd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)

Flush it all away....

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Yeah, is it too much to ask the child-raping patriarchy to learn to swim?

Naaah. I think its a beautiful thing that the tourist industry was absofuckinglutely smashed, torn asunder...

The money coming into the area should more than offset the losses, actually. Economic forecasts haven't changed for many of the areas, probably because with all the debt forgiveness and aid efforts, there will be massive economic stimulation in areas that really matter to the wellbeing of the people.

Most of the shit that went down, the sex tourism, took place along the coast... Its a shame that legitimate tourism was hurt so badly, but there will be relief funds, and the people who have lost those jobs will be able to change job fields thanks to international investment in the area.

I bet the paedophiles won't be getting too much in international relief funds though. The rest of the world isn't too sympathetic to their agenda.
From:bloodlikerain
Date:February 3rd, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Flush it all away....

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there really is a problem with child abuse there. glad i'm not the only one who sees it...

how'd you come across my lj, btw?
From:purge_chic
Date:February 4th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)

Re: Flush it all away....

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Actually, I was searching for Tool lyrics in conjunction with the word Tsunami limited to site:.livejournal.com because I wanted to see if anyone else made the connection...
From:bloodlikerain
Date:February 4th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)

Re: Flush it all away....

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lol. AWSOME

thats the best thing i've heard all day, someone out there take tool lyrics to heart like i do.

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