Why are we depressed? Victor Davis Hanson sums it up.

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Thoughts About Depressed Americans

I was always an advocate of informality, of casualness, but now when on a plane, in a restaurant, at Starbucks, I am struck by the rare well-dressed person who does not crowd. How odd the extra-polite woman, who conducts herself with charm and grace at the counter, or the gentleman who opens doors, says excuse me, and whose intelligent conversation I enjoy listening in on—like a dew drop to someone thirsting in the desert. In contrast, when the punk walks by, with radio blaring, mumbling obscenities, flashing the ‘I’ll kill you’ stare,” it all leaves me in depression.

Worse still, on the opposite end of the scale, is the master of the universe who elbows his way onto a plane while he blares on the telephone and blocks the aisle. I feel creepy after walking through an electronics store and seeing some of the video game titles and covers.

In short, I don’t want to hear any more Viagra or Cialis ads, no more douche commercials—please no more talking heads about penises that are enlarging, hardening, stimulated on the public air waves.

The sum of these foul parts is smothering us. I don’t want to know that there is a new sex clinic opening in Fresno, or hear another ad about how I can skip out on my credit card debt, or that some sort of food is stuck to my intestinal walls like spackle and paste unless I buy some gut cleansing product.

At some point, we need to say enough is enough, and try to find some sense of honor and decorum in these times of crisis. My god, the entire country has become some sort of Rousseauian nightmare, as if the Berkeley Free Speech Area circa 1970 is now the public domain, as if the culture of the Folsom cell block is now the national ethos.

I can’t argue with anything he says.

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5 Responses to “Why are we depressed? Victor Davis Hanson sums it up.”

  1. 11th ACR Says:

    I wasn’t Depressed till I read this…………..
    I TIVO everything so I’m not a Commercial Watching Person. Although some Gal at Work the other day called me Viagra. Guess cause I’m Old. I said to her my Name was Cialis cause it last for more than four hours….
    11th

  2. Brad Says:

    I just don’t like people, should that make me depressed?

  3. JB Says:

    Not at all Brad in fact I would assume people are meeting your expectations. They are mine.. 🙂

  4. 11th ACR Says:

    I was in a Deep Depression once when I was sixteen….Cause I Didn’t have a girl friend for a couple of weeks…
    I was in a state of shock once also….When the Gal Ask me if I had taken some Cialis today…What the Hell was all that about???

    11th

  5. JB Says:

    well 11th that last part could be a good sign, or not… lol

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