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Theater of the Absurd

October 27, 2010

I look back on high school some times and I remember one thing we read during our 12th grade AP English class. It was really good. Really good. I don’t know why, I guess I just identified with the message that it was trying to get across. It’s called The Sandbox and it was written as a one act play back in the late 50’s in an absurdist style. It’s supposed to show basically the strangeness of life and honestly I’m not exactly qualified to talk about it too much but it’s just so weird and intentionally bad that it makes you think about how these lessons can be applied to the real world. Here‘s the link to Wikipedia, it’s an awesome concept. Basically the actors are written in the script to act badly and break the fourth wall and forget their lines. It’s great.

 

So here’s where we stand in America right now. Not that this paragraph is related to the one above or anything. The most powerful nation in the world is now occupied by Kenya. Or Hawaii. I don’t know, they’re both equally foreign to me. Our Speaker of the House is technically either a zombie or a tree. One of the most important political movements of our time includes grown men dressing up in costumes from about 250 years ago and has a name, the “Tea Party”, that does the exact opposite of inspiring fear into the hearts of its opponents. Seriously, “Tea Party”? Why not “Princess Julia’s Political Pansies”? We have politicians determining economic strategies just to gain votes. We live in a world where we can sit on the far side of the world and fly a predator drone and kill dozens of terrorists with the click of a button. I can also sit at my computer and virtually do the same thing on Call of Duty.

 

We’re living in The Sandbox. The world is fucked up. We may as well laugh at the absurdity of it all.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Aptronym permalink
    November 3, 2010 1:17 pm

    “Tea party” has meaning in context of the American Revolution. The fact that it also happens to be a rather innocuous beverage doesn’t change that.

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