Sometimes I wonder about the reality of our senses, in light of fact that most of us assume that people are in generally good. Now, honestly, is this absolutely true? I'm having a hard time believing it. Honestly, look the state of our being in this country and around the world. It is just hard to imagine anyone holding such notion that human beings are basically good as true. For example, the whole continent of Africa is in danger of extinction because of AIDS but still the world as whole seems unperturbed by such prospect. Millions of children die of starvation and still the world as whole goes on as business as usual. Truthfully, are we so apathetic and so self-absorbed? It seems that we, as a nation, particularly as the richest country in the world, are completely nonchalant as long as it does not disturb our narcissistic ideology. This egotistical worldview was well put forward by a commercial with the aphorism: "Because I'm beautiful!" Is that all that matters? Is physical beautiful all that matters? Honestly, there is nothing wrong with beauty. But, there seems to be something appalling about such endeavor particularly in light of our reality of war, hunger, and disease.
|Empire Falls (Vintage Contemporaries)|
By Richard Russo