“Choose the form of your destructor.” That’s a line from Ghostbusters, where Gozer the Gozarian baited our lovable spectre-battling quartet into a manifestation of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Right now, America is in a position to choose the form of its destructor, and hopefully seeing that we’re in that moment will stop people from choosing anger and choose peace instead.
Sometimes life can imitate art. I just didn’t think that art would be Ghostbusters.
Scott Greenfield does a great job of expressing my stance on this issue, but I’ve got to take a different tack than him when I approach this. I’m going “conflict free,” because that’s what Mediation is Dead means, but in order to get to “conflict free,” you have to put yourself in the other party’s shoes.
Prologue: Any writing about political candidates engenders a reaction in the intellectually challenged that if you don’t condemn the candidate they hate, you support him or her. I don’t support any of the candidates running for president. I’m appalled that in this nation, these are the best we can manage.
Whew. Now that’s out of the way, we can talk about the Destructor, and what form that will take. Either side has its Destructor, and it’s time to discuss the root cause of both Destructors in modern America. Anger, deep, seething white-hot intense anger.
There is deep anger in America directed toward politicians, political parties and the dysfunction of government. And the fact that the other Republican candidates, despite their rhetoric now, have sworn to support [REDACTED] if he wins the nomination is as cynical as it gets, and demonstrates exactly what people hate about politicians and parties. (ed. note: I redacted the Destructor’s name. SHG did not.)
That anger, and the sneers from the other side of the fence, have us picking our destructors.
To your Left, you have a white-haired demon who used to keep pictures of Marx and Lenin on his walls. To the Right, you have the epitome of He Who Must Not Be Named, because he’s a sociopath and enjoys all of the attention. This is where it’s gotten. That anger has everyone ready to burn it all down in an attempt to get something close to resembling what America once was back in the picture.
This is the anger that has us choosing the Destructor. For at least twenty years there’s been a sense we, the people have been lied to by those that seek and attain power in the highest branches of our government. No matter what, we were told to remain loyal. No matter what, the people were told to OBEY, LISTEN, and BELIEVE, and magical concepts like HOPE and CHANGE would magically occur.
Because when you see a lie, and you believe a lie, and you continue to have it reinforced in your head, when the lie hits a breaking point, there’s only one thing left to do. Burn it all down and start over. Where does that anger come from, though? Most of the populace has been complicit for over two decades. Why do we get angry now?
We are angry as a public because we know we’ve been told who to hate, how to hate them, and that we’re an “ist” if you don’t hate properly.
The first moment we began forming our destructors came with the rise of that wonderful person once known as a “social justice warrior,” and now called “crybully.” These “noble” activists, armed with keyboards and Twitter accounts, made it their purpose in life to run around like a toddler in the middle of a tantrum at every single perceived slight. If someone caught wind of an offense, then you had to apologize, because usually “you” were a person who had a position of power the crybully wanted. The apology didn’t matter once they got started. The crybullys would attack further, until you were gone.
This leads to people not speaking. When you don’t speak because you know there’s the potential of having your life ruined the moment you say the Wrong Thing, then anger sets in. Someone else controls you, and you really “can’t say that.”
You don’t speak because you’re afraid of being labeled an “ist.” It doesn’t matter what. “Racist,” “Sexist,” “Ableist” or otherwise. You actually care. You aren’t those things, and you know it. None of the “ists” mean anything to the crybully. They just use those words as leverage to control you.
We are angry as a public because we’ve been told who to believe and what to do when it comes to keeping people in office.
This year was to be the year dynasties were established in the United States. One political dynasty versus another political dynasty. Either way, the two would work together to keep things “business as usual.”
This was the second manifestation of the Destructor. It gave the Destructor legs. When the Destructor, be it on the Left or Right, began their respective ascents to power, the Destructor was jeered. They’d never get anywhere. One was a TV star! The other one’s a Socialist! You can’t put either Destructor in a position of political power like that, can you?
Turns out you most certainly can, and that’s why the Destructors have so much attention.
We are mad as hell and you don’t get that we’re not going to take it anymore. The Destructor feeds off this.
The key moment in the ascendance of the Destructor came when people tried to say “We get that you’re angry.”
Do you really? Now, after all the name calling, and jeering, and mishmash thrown our way, you “get” we’re angry? That’s the most disingenuous horse shit you could expect us to eat. If you “got” how angry we were the Destructor wouldn’t even manifest. It wouldn’t have power. If you “got” how angry we were then we wouldn’t even get here.
The Destructor doesn’t care about our anger. We know that in our heart of hearts. The Destructor feeds off that anger to gain power. We’re so damn mad right now that it’s time to burn it all down.
You tell us our guns don’t matter, because we have a government that can bomb and kill us at any moment. Okay, that’s fine. We’ll do something royally stupid to make sure you understand WE hold the power through the ballot box. Not you.
It’s escalated to the point where even the crybullies can’t tell the divisive rhetoric on either side is cannibalizing their own.
Marc Randazza’s latest CNN column about giving one Destructor free speech came out recently. I agree with Marc, but it’s because I know what’s at stake if violence controls the narrative. I shared in on Facebook, which is something I rarely do. Three people immediately attacked Marc and labeled him a Destructor supporter. Then I got attacked for being a Destructor supporter. Marc is about as hardcore anti-Destructor as you can get. He’s also done more for the First Amendment than most will do in their lives.
Two of these three people were stand-up comedians. Professions where speech is their trade. The third is a professional troll, so he COULD benefit from Marc’s ideas. Marc said it best. “They’re too stupid to read my material.”
Hate has made us choose the Form of the Destructor. The question is whether we opt-in to that choice.
You’ll notice now that I’ve never mentioned once either Destructor by name. That’s because both feed like leeches off the attention they receive, and I will give no power to either. The Destructor wants me to make a choice.
I choose “fuck it.” I choose peace.
I did some work for a client this weekend. The client gave me a pen. It had the word “PEACE” written in big block letters above my client’s name.
“What’s the deal with this?” I asked. This is a guy I’ve known for more years than I care to admit.
“Well at one point I worked for a bomb plant. I was having pens made, and I wanted to have my business name and my name on the pens. The plant told me that I couldn’t have a business name of any kind on the pens, so I said “hell, I’m going to have fun with this.” Now, after leaving that place, every time I think about it, I know there’s at least a thousand pens with the word “PEACE” in circulation in a bomb plant. “Peace pens” are being used in a place that makes weapons of war. If that’s not funny to you then you have no sense of humor.”
This is the very epitome of the “Wrongless Approach” to life.
Some will choose war. Some will choose the Destructor. I choose peace.
Make that decision today. Will you choose the form of your Destructor, or will you choose peace?
Choosing peace is the MiD life in action.
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