Stop writing right now. Disregard everything I’ve ever told you about speaking from your heart and expressing your truth.
You just never know how people are going to take things. You might end up causing trouble, making waves or…worse.
Be careful what you write. Edit yourself heavily. Do not communicate any radical or potentially thought-provoking ideas.
People cannot handle it.
I really didn’t know. I’m sorry I’ve misled you all this time. But last week’s post on Sophie Scholl finally opened my eyes to the problem…and I will from here-on-out only write about safe topics like kittens, s’mores and Lady Gaga.
Well, maybe not kittens. Some people are allergic and that might upset them.
And maybe not s’mores. That might make people with gluten intolerance feel left out.
Lady Gaga should be a safe topic. Everyone likes her, right?
Here’s what happened…in an epic feat of irresponsibility, I wrote the following:
“There is no madman for us to point our fingers and say ‘This! This is the problem.”
A well-meaning chap took my musings the wrong way and decided to fill the gap:
So please, take a lesson from me and be very VERY careful about what you write.
Labor Fool’s! (Did I getcha?)
Of course I’m not serious. The more madmen the better! This was just my way of introducing you to the latest edition of today’s holiday: Labor Fools’ Day.
Railway workers for the Pullman Palace Car Company had been complaining about low wages and 16-hour work days. They were also at the mercy of the company to provide food and shelter and thought it fucked up to have their wages decreased while their rent and living expenses kept increasing…all at the hands of the same corporation.
They organized a strike and all hell broke lose.
President Cleveland invoked the Sherman Antitrust Act against the workers claiming their strikes interfered with the U.S. mail’s delivery and represented a threat to public safety.
So the military, in the interest of protecting public safety, gunned down the workers killing 13 and injuring dozens more.
The public outrage was overwhelming and, 6 days after the massacre, President Cleveland tried to make nice by instating a national holiday in their honor.
Today the holiday is little more than a time to barbeque, drink too much and the last chance to wear white for the year.
But in a country where…
- We rank 75th on the world’s income equality scale, totally pwnd by Bosnia, Pakistan and Ethiopia among others
- Every art and music teacher I know is laid off because schools can no longer afford art education
- The median household income continues to fall along with the value of the dollar itself
- Countless hard-working citizens have had their life savings, retirement funds, social security and even their homes stripped from them because of corruption and greed
…what have we to celebrate?
It’s time to start asking some tougher questions than “Do you want cheese on your burger?”
What can we do, as a community, to begin the path back to a (more) fair distribution of wealth in this country?
How can we make things better for those hard-working Americans who don’t have enough to feed their kids a proper meal?
What can you do to begin to free yourself from the confines our current economy has placed on you?
Or do we just say ‘screw it’ and make it a day for burgers, beer and senseless pranks?
Please, share your thoughts below in the comments section.