Mickey Mouse is the Official Dirty Diaper Changer of the Most Infantilized Generation in Human History
“(Mickey Mouse is a) three-fingered son of a bitch who has no soul, for Christ’s sake.”- Charles Bukowski
With Disney’s recent acquisition of the rights to both Marvel Comics and Star Wars on the big screen, The Mouse has triangulated to piss all over a big part of our collective childhoods. More importantly, the target audience is not just children but an epidemic level of coddled adults. This is why I say that Mickey Mouse is the official dirty diaper changer of the most infantilized generation in human history.
Millennials ( and Gen-Xers, for shame!) are facing massive existential threats to all life on Planet Earth: from Radical Islam to Climate Change. But rather than face these challenges head on, they’ve retreated into the comfort of the womb with safe spaces, trigger warnings & cultural relativism. They’ll surely be singing Kumbaya as Rome burns down around them.
And our popular art reflects this naiveté and prolonged adolescence. Substantive cinema of previous generations like The Godfather, Annie Hall, Wall Street, Chinatown, Easy Rider & Unforgiven have been replaced at the box office by shallow children’s tales with loud swooshing noises, steroid-injected human oddities and morally unambiguous superhuman messiah-figures.
What we need now is not a messiah. We need everyday people to roll up their sleeves & face reality. We need artists and philosophers like Charles Bukowski, like Stanley Kubrick, like Sigmund Freud, to kick the Mickey Mouse out of our heads. It’s time to get down to business and advance Western Culture proudly into the 21st century. Disney won’t be the one to do that folks.
Let’s get something straight right now: everything Disney touches is a disposable, empty-calorie, corporate product like Coca-Cola or Lay’s Potato Chips. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a little escapism in our palate but when the hell did bubblegum become the primary staple of our intellectual diet? I dare you to name a single movie since the turn of the millennium on par with Easy Rider or Blue Velvet. There’ve been some good movies to be sure but we should’ve had at least a few great ones by now (if the blockbusters weren’t eating them alive in their cribs that is).
It doesn't help that the venerated cultural arbiters of taste have been falling into greater and greater irrelevance. The Oscars, for instance, have become a running joke of forgettable propaganda pictures competing over whichever special interest group is worth the most social brownie points that particular year. Maybe this will be the year of the gender-fluid otherkin who overcomes someone insulting them one time in college. Or maybe we'll get more finger-pointing guilt porn about Western Civilization's bloody past. Hollywood writers simply can’t hone their edge on kiddie movies. So when it comes time to confront adult material they fall back into their facile ideological comfort zones rather than ask deeper, more complicated questions. No wonder they prefer to stick with loud, shiny & inoffensive.
So jihadis may be blowing up your countrymen & it’s 70 degrees in December, but never fear! Mickey Mouse promises that you needn’t worry at all. All you have to do is sit back and relax while Captain America and the Jedis swoop in to save the day from some vague and politically correct enemy. Our values will always be championed by these spandex-clad messiahs, after all. And deep down, everything is just a cuddly, soulless three-fingered son-of-a-bitch.
The Rapidly Disappearing Center in American Politics (Or Are You a Political Cultist on Facebook & Twitter?)
Over the last several months I’ve found myself moving from a staunch partisan to someone more independent without anyone in the political arena to speak for me. I think a good deal of this was recognizing how biased popular media (NPR, Huffington Post, all the Nightly News programs, Reddit, etc.) were to one side of the argument & seeking out sources from the other side (Breitbart, Drudge Report, Voat, etc.). Now I stake out a case by case individualistic political agenda, unrepresented by any popular leader.
The way I see it Americans are all too busy conforming to ever-more rigid, dogmatic & divisive agendas. Where is the party for free thinkers? I consider myself a free speech, pro-abortion, anti-affirmative action, environmentalist, non-interventionist, anti-Cultural Marxist, vegetarian, pro-equality atheist who has close Muslim friends but also recognizes the existential threat of Radical Islam & who recognizes the value immigrants bring to the United States but also recognizes the importance of entering the country legally. I know that's a mouthful & what's more, a narrow niche but certainly there are many of us who prefer our individual philosophies served a la carte.
Does this fall into the middle ground somewhere; you know the place that’s been shrinking so much lately? I feel like I don’t want to commit fully to either side & I’m stuck between factions of propaganda spewing cultists incapable of stepping into or having conversation in, you know, the rapidly disappearing middle ground.
This hasn't been an easy transition. I've recently returned to Facebook, even though I despise the memes & the inanity of the site. I wanted to just promote my literature but BAM! I was socked in the face by shocking levels of rude, partisan political propaganda. I happen to live in a city that's on the left so I found myself defending the right-wing position for the sake of letting the air out of the echo chamber. This is funny however since, as you can see above, I'm far from a card-carrying conservative (pro-abortion, atheist, environmentalist, etc.). It's just that the conversation was so far from the middle & so bigoted towards those with differing opinions that I felt like I had to speak out for those who were being heavy-handedly bullied by propaganda & name-calling. The intolerance was scary to be frank. For instance, I saw an acquaintance (a local filmmaker) threaten to ban dissenters & remove them from his life (which he did by the way).
I still find myself shocked & honestly a little traumatized by it all because I grew up in a world where the right-wingers were the chauvinistic bullies. They were the ones to silence dissent, censor art, bully & provoke conflict. Now I'm seeing an even fiercer level of this same intolerance coming from the left. Keep in the mind that I'm not saying one side are the "good guys" & one side are "the bad guys" in the long run. It seems this is the famous "pendulum swing" where extremism occurs from one end of the political spectrum for a while, resentment builds & then it's met by an equal & opposite reaction on the other side (.ie political correctness giving way to "The Trump Effect").
Finally I'll ask folks on both sides to check yourself for any of these Signs You're in a Cult sourced from excellent articles in The Atlantic, SGBERMAN & Christian Courier :
1. Dissent & Discussion Discouraged (a BIG one among some people on Facebook)
2. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving
3. Doctrine must not be questioned
4. All your friends believe just like you do
5. Seeking inappropriate loyalty to leaders
6. Dishonoring friends & family
7. Polarization of members
Stay cool & calm out there my friends. These are troubled times we're living in but I want you all to be happy, healthy & know where to set appropriate boundaries between yourself as an individual & the sweeping force of The Herd's agendas.
From a Black Hole Inside the Mad Dimension,
2/14/16 I've been a slave to love but a slave is meant to resent his master.
2/14/16 Let go. Be the beast. That's all we are anyway. Humans are tripping on their oversized brains, thinking we're above nature... no. Enjoy it :)
2/3/16 Depression & hope: two faces the divided. Janus god of endings & also beginnings. Hope a candle in the darkness, beautiful.
1/2/16 Once you start playing the victim game when do the excuses end & the personal accountability begin? Will you release the hostages when you've gotten your pony, getaway chopper & $1 million? I doubt it.
12/27/15 I think there is a tension between being driven to be the best and being readily understood by the masses when you get there.
12/16/15 I can't think of any occupation that I admire more than the professional provocateur, who has the courage & self-determination to court controversy despite all slings & arrows of the world.
12/9/15 If you put all your trust in any political leader or source of media, you've drunk too much Kool-Aid to taste the strychnine.
Here's a different kind of question I've often had about large scale tragedies like natural disasters, diseases & gun violence:
We get so caught up in the emotion of the violence that we don't consider the long-term, historical consequences. To put it bluntly: the planet is overpopulated already. Maybe we shouldn't try to cure every disease, we shouldn't confiscate all the harmful drugs, etc. Perhaps we'd be happier if we made peace with the fact that rabid animals are going to dwindle the herd from time to time (as they have in much greater volume throughout history) & that's not really a bad thing in the long run. Should we try to stop as many large scale attacks as possible? Of course... but I don't think the zeitgeist should have an aneurysm every time one occurs either. I think we be served to draw some historical perspective on how difficult the human condition has always been & how that is something of a blessing in disguise.
Take for instance how valuable the conquerors throughout history, as bloody & awful as they were during their reigns, have been to population control. We think the planet is overpopulated now: the environment sick, the resources dwindling; where in the world we be without Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Julius Caesar or for that matter the bubonic plague, cancer & AIDS?
Here's an article on the beneficial impact Genghis Khan's conquests had on the environment & sustainability, for example. There are already 7.125 BILLION people on Planet Earth. Try to extrapolate out how many people would be here now if EVERYONE had survived & had kids, which seems to be the ultimate aim of modern society... a right if you will... to defy the boundaries of nature. It'd be one hell of a dystopian nightmare that's for sure.