An American’s Mentality, Pt. 1

We have to be…because we’ve always been–right? Ever since we flippantly threw tea in the harbor, handed out infected blankets, chained up manpower and sold it, declared our freedom, declared most people’s freedom, declared freedom for the world…

It just sort of happened. Like winding up out West, we got wrapped up in ourselves, headed off on a journey of self-discovery that we masqueraded as manifest destiny, and found ourselves out at sea. Then in the jungles. And suddenly we were in the desert. It just sort of happened. 

That’s not true. We all know who benefitted from a leader declaring it was his country’s duty to inflict their morals upon the world. It’s never the world. It’s never the regular people. It’s always that top percent, that top half percent, that top tenth of a percent, that top hundredth of a percent…bastards!

Like competing for college all over again. How you score on this eighth grade algebra quiz will affect your entire future’s happiness–you don’t want to get stuck in a dead-end job, do you?? Then why can’t you understand the goddamn Pythagorean theorem?

Okay, fine. Do my homework. Join a sport. Get involved in student government. Make friends. Go on dates. Be normal. Develop anxiety. Compete harder. Come of age. Get into college. Graduate. Economic landslide and five-year recession. Sit with debt, no job, and think about life.

Sit…

 

Sit…

 

And here we are. Where? We’re not sure. We thought we were moving forward (yes, we could!), and it turns out we just made up lost ground from the last guy. Didn’t we? What did we do again, exactly?

We have to be…because we’ve always been–right? Ever since we flippantly threw tea in the harbor, handed out infected blankets, chained up manpower and sold it, declared our freedom, declared most people’s freedom, declared freedom for the world…