Excuse me while I dismiss your reflection of unreality

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Americans, when they look at themselves in the mirror are enthralled by their reflection. But what exactly is that reflection?

For the past four years, people in America, mainly supported or egged on by the mainstream media, have been ranting up one side of the wall and down the other side about one subject: President Trump. Now due to circumstances, they once in a while discuss Covid, although mainly to frame it into another rant about President Trump.

Meanwhile, the problems of people who are the worst off around the world have been exponentially exacerbated by the Covid virus and responses.

  • Widespread hunger and starvation is predicted as food supply chains are disrupted. Oxfam writes that 12,000 people could die from hunger linked to Covid. They also write that eight of the biggest food and drink companies paid over 18 billion US to shareholders since January 2020.
  • Economic outlooks for most places on earth, affecting primarily those with the lowest incomes, predict a massive rise in global poverty.

According to King’s College London and the Australian National University, these causes together may affect up to 500 million people.

  • Routine medical care has been disrupted, which touchess everything from testing, diagnosis, treatment, care and procedures, and routine vaccinations. The WHO, for example, warns there could easily be a world-wide doubling of deaths from malaria. In addition to it being more difficult to see a doctor, more people are avoiding seeing doctors.
  • The world’s people have suffered from a huge problem of inequity that the Covid responses are exaggerating. Jeff Bezos is richer by $23.6 billion dollars in 2020 according to . Meanwhile, workers all over the world earn a pittance. For example, most workers in Bangladesh earn 13–15 US dollars a month, according to the UN Refugee Agency. The World Economic Forum writes that hundreds of millions of people could be left without work due to the impact of Covid.

But apparently Americans dont care. The’ll only cite these as all trumps fault because and they’ll do nothing in terms of making actual change because:

Americans only want to rant rant rant about Trump Trump Trump.

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Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Lara604.

Until they turn red in the face. Day and night. Night and day. It’s all they talk about. They don’t care a whiff about those global things like starvation or sickness or death. Better to rant about Trump.

So I ask, exactly what form of freak utilitarianism or insane altruism are Americans operating under?

If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior…

The answer is clear:

People who do not care whether other people suffer and die, who always put themselves and their glorious opinions first are selfish, greedy, arrogant, holier than thou, narcissistic, self-righteous, sociopathic assholes. By which I mean every last one of them.

And, by the way, according to research by Nadav Klein and Nicholas Epley at the University of Chicago, () these “moral” people feel they are definitely less evil than you are. In fact they feel their self righteousness and moral behavior is just great.

So when you start in ** and I refuse to listen to your latest rant about President Trump, it’s not because I’m ignoring you, it’s because I think you are mentally deranged and probably dangerous…and given your past behavior toward others in the world what else am I to think?

Novelist, poet, a post-studio visual artist, and the founder of The Invisible Art Collective International. Recent novels include “Sundre” and “Garbage Head.”

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