Saving America - Zer Netmouse — LiveJournal
This is a poignant post. I also just recently saw Captain America (as you're likely discovering, being a parent puts one quite behind the queue on the movie wishlist -- K and i average maybe 1-1.5 movies in a theatre per year).
I don't know exactly what to say to your post besides, "yeah! that!".
I think the key point that this all boils down to has to do with the societal propagation of values. I think of things like Joseph Campbell's hero's journey, and that book by that guy ("Understanding Media", perhaps?) where he compares the television to the campfires of ancient tribal societies and discusses how our mechanisms of the transmission of values have eroded.
I could pontificate endlessly on my theories of systemic evolution and how the current socio-econo-political structure perpetuates the divisive, polarized, non-sensible debates and pointless mainstream-media distraction that allows it to persist. I could go on about the values i think we need to be espousing and propagating against the torrential onslaught of socially condoned materialistic selfishness and brain-numbing swaths of psychedelically mesmerizing pseudo-informative bandwidth.
In the end, tho, i've reached the point where i really don't feel like i can point to the way out. I'm simply not sure where it all goes from here. I don't see a Government that can save us, nor anything in science or industry, nor any movement -- religious or political or otherwise -- that seems to shine the right color or light. My last bastion of hope is in our communities -- in the social microcosmos -- and in the idea that just maybe things will start to get so bad that people actually turn off the damn television and start to look to their neighbors and loved ones again, and perhaps rebuild this nation from the neighborhood up.
Other than that, my only idea for an institutional solution involves a quote from a classic Jim Cameron film: "Take off, nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
Ah, well. Hope you're holding up well in the madness. Kiss the kid and pass the beer nuts.