“Now” in the Disability Dictionary….

Now is faux past prologue, an advertisement so false even your pineal gland knows it. Now is the most favored word in capitalism. Worse of course is the expression “now and then” which implies a stricture on tomorrow, governed by nothing as “now” has little predictive value. “Right now,” say the tyrants, “things couldn’t be any better.” Now says global warming isn’t real. Now says the poor are imprisoned and they’re meant to be so. Now, in America, is shorthand for “there isn’t any future unless you’re already in the now club.” We used to say a salubrious person was “in the know” but, well, you get my drift.

In disability circles there’s no future planned beyond this: your tomorrows are being erased in the halls of Congress. After health care and social security are gutted will they bring back the ugly laws? Will they lock up the disabled in ruined shopping malls?

This morning I found myself thinking of Aristophanes who I read assiduously in college. Here he is:

“Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.”

Now wants what it has to stay always. The plan is to take down future democracy always.


Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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