Happy, Happy, With a Side Order of Happy

Cover of Planet of the Blind....man and dog....

Note: this is dedicated to the rebarbative and noisy figure of Christoper Ruffo

No one gets a mega-theric prescription for happiness in America no matter the nonsense we’re forced to swallow. We’re not going to be unhappy! We’re told happiness is our calling! Happy happy!

But where’s the magic document, the one from the doctor? It turns out the doctor isn’t happy either. Only in the USA can a vast population be inculcated to believe in false happiness because it’s our duty–and meanwhile the corporate deciders are doing everything possible to screw us.

Enter right wing hysteria over critical race theory. Rather than confront our national shame about brutal and structural discrimination and all its atrocities, let’s scream that the “woke” people are going to steal, wait for it, steal our non-existent happiness! Aha! It’s just what I suspected! White Privilege is dependent on being willfully, nay aggressively opposed to both conscience and consciousness. Wasn’t it Carl Jung who said achieving consciousness is painful? Screw that, cry the Republicans, let’s have happy happy and a side order of happy.

Author: skuusisto

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

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