||[Oct. 14th, 2009|08:45 am]
I've had this infatuation for a while now with the idea of "zooming out." I had this idea quite a while back of what if you zoomed out from your town, from your state, from earth, from the milky way, from this universe far enough? Could this universe just be a tiny microscopic dust particles swirling around in some office building on a late Sunday night before it gets swept up Monday morning? Probably not. I guess.|
And lately, since becoming interested in comic books, I've been kinda looking at life, imagining stories through the lens of a video camera, using ideas and methods the movies use; zooming out one of them. And you look at America.
What would today be like if the south had won? The south were just a bunch of stupid racist rednecks who wanted to keep their slaves. They wanted to stay rich. It's easy to belittle them now, a measly 150 years later. But really... The south, the north, everyone here. They were just a bunch of pissed off Europeans. We were too busy fighting with the Native Americans to realize we hate ourselves. But seriously.. What would today be like if we all had Confederacy flags on the back windows of our trucks and cars? And to think it all comes down to one war. The whole idea of our present, of what makes us who we are. It all comes down to one war, one split second, one win. What if it tilted the other way?
Hell. What if the next Hitler dies from cancer? Do we *REALLY* need a cure for cancer that bad? What if the next holocaust succeeds, and in the end everybody who doesn't have blue eyes, blond hair, and believes in THIS, acts THIS way... What if everyone else dies? What if everyone else already died? Screw curing cancer if it means saving the world. Right? Or no?
..And on the seventh day, God created video games.
I dunno. We all look at ourselves, and you look around and at America. We've been around 150 years. Right? Something like that? So what are we? Two old ladies you past by in the bingo parlor put together. Two old people stacked on top of eachother. What does that say about us? But how did we get so far? If we really are the best, the free land, the American dream, all that.. If we can become all of that in 150 years, what's the difference? What's the difference between us and Canada or Mexico? Or between us and Nigeria, Namibia, or Japan? A lot? Or a little?
I googled Victoria Falls the other day and some beautiful photos came up. Pictures of an African savannah peirced by a green blade of foliage, split down the seam, bleeding it's pure blue mist of a heart out. The falls go on forever and the thunder is heard miles away, perfect bliss.. Utopia... And to think... I could die before I travel there. I have an infatuation with Africa. It might be just cause that's the rumored continent of the origin of humanity. I dunno. There's something beautiful about it. The US, what are we? A couple of old people. What is Africa? The starting point of humanity.