Biological Biology

God Bless America

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Kenny Muzzey

“I didn't kill her because I couldn't have her….” Frank said, grasping the cold steel of his pistol with clammy hands. As he checked into the cheap motel Frank had every intention of committing suicide. His plan was abruptly interrupted by Roxy, as she explained to him that he would be “remembered as some creepy old stalker dude who was in love with some young twat on a television show. Just a pervy old dude that killed that girl and then himself when he couldn't have her.”  Frank finishes his sentence by saying “I killed her because she wasn't nice.” 

I suppose there are stranger reasons that individuals have committed such heinous acts of aggression. In this case, Frank and Roxanne are characters from a movie, God Bless America. The movie is a dark comedy that reflects upon how hateful our country has become. The story line revolves around a man who is fed up with what he sees across all forms of mixed media.  Early in the film Frank discusses how “this is the ‘Oh no, you didn't say that!’ generation, where a shocking comment has more weight than the truth.” And that “no one has any shame anymore, and we're supposed to celebrate it.” 

Despite the fact that this movie is a satire criticizing internet, talk radio, and television and the methods the main characters take to right the wrongs of our society brought about by mass media are extreme, they raise very good points.

“America has become a cruel and vicious place. We reward the shallowest, the dumbest, the meanest and the loudest. We no longer have any common sense of decency. No sense of shame. There is no right and wrong. The worst qualities in people are looked up to and celebrated. Lying and spreading fear is fine as long as you make money doing it. We've become a nation of slogan-saying, bile-spewing hatemongers. We've lost our kindness. We've lost our soul. What have we become? We take the weakest in our society, we hold them up to be ridiculed, laughed at for our sport and entertainment. Laughed at to the point, where they would literally rather kill themselves than live with us anymore.”

This is not just a modern problem however; our nation has a dark and hateful past, one we’d like to think that we have learned from. Discriminating against individuals based on their religion, race, sex, and sexual orientation. It is silly to persecute those based on these traits which, as studies show, are biologically based, except for obviously religion, and in most cases have no major effect on our personal lives. Think about how ironic it is that some individuals will go out of their way to will their hateful beliefs on others based biological traits, which we all know, cannot be controlled.

Often times, it is easier to hate then to try and understand, because understanding is something that takes work, and as a general rule, human beings are inherently lazy. We should take the time to learn about those who differ from us and what makes them different. Educating yourself on anything can clear up a whole rash of misunderstandings. The qualities that make us different from one another should be recognized and celebrated. There is something that makes each and every one of us unique and special. We all deserve to be treated equal; it is one of the fundamental rights of our species.

Think about it, how could we, the United States, be taken seriously as a country, a superpower, a world leader, if we do not practice what we preach? We need to exercise less of a 'do what I say, not as I do' scenario and more of a 'lead by example' scenario. If you want examples of our hypocrisy just look at the world around you. The most blatantly obvious example, currently, is discrimination based on sexual orientation. Years from now, when future generations look back at these struggles, they will realize that was all the same, those who have oppressed women, blacks, gays…. It is the same argument, just in a different form.

Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad news and distract the public from the real issues here but there are bigger things at play…. How about we worry about the fact that we are raping and pillaging our planet, our economy is in the toilet, people cannot find jobs, civilized society is rapidly running out of non-renewable resources, and that no matter how hard we try, we cannot resist the urge to kill one another based on religious beliefs, economic beliefs, or whatever other belief you want to forcibly insert onto another group of oppressed individuals? But no, we are hung up on whether Bill and Ted, or Sandy and Susie can get married.... but cause that is really what is wrong within our country, please note, I am being sarcastic. In the end, whether you want to believe it or not, we are all in this together, the things we do affect other individuals around us, as well as our planet too. But as Frank says “nobody cares that they damage other people.”

If you enjoy black comedies and have a dark sense of humor, definitely check out God Bless America.

"Why have a civilization anymore if we no longer are interested in being civilized?"
~KM~Halfstack Blogger & Photographer

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