I Am The Problem

I’m not articulate or educated enough to comment on the sad state of the world. But when I read an article about how North Korea is sending its people to labor camps for not “genuinely” mourning the death of Kim Jong Il, I hit “Like.” Not because I like the story, but so that my friends on Facebook will see it and be as outraged as I am for a few minutes. By dinner time, I’ll be struggling to remember what I was so upset about.

After dinner, I’ll watch a documentary about how wasteful our society is and how we could feed every starving person in Haiti with the food we throw out each year. The whole time, I’ll be thinking of that Portlandia sketch about dumpster divers and the Haitians will seem like they’re on another planet, far beyond my reach. When the film ends, I’ll tell my wife that we should try and use up what we have in the fridge before we go to the grocery store again. Then I’ll remember we’re out of almond milk.

I’ll turn on the local news. Mitt Romney is coming to speak at the convention center across from my apartment and there’s some speculation as to whether or not the “Occupy Palm Beach” protestors might make an appearance. “They’re the ones camped out where I run along Flagler,” I’ll think. “I haven’t been running in forever…” I’ll set the alarm for an hour earlier than normal and put my shoes on the floor next to the bed.

The next morning as I run, I’ll pass a dozen men fishing off the Royal Park bridge. Whatever they catch will undoubtedly be their dinner that evening. I’ll smile and nod when one of them holds off from casting so I can get by. For the next half-mile I’ll think about how I should’ve asked him if anything’s biting today. Then my focus will shift to a slow, acoustic rendition of “Rain King” that’s coming through my headphones. “How did this get on my running mix? NEXT.”

At breakfast, I’ll thumb through the top stories on an iPad news app and find an article on Netflix that I disagree with. I’ll write an exhaustive blog entry saying as much and post a link to it on Facebook. In doing so, I will see the link I shared yesterday about how North Korea is sending its people to labor camps for not “genuinely” mourning the death of Kim Jong Il.

No one has “Liked” the post or commented on it. “It might not even be true” I’ll think as I delete it from my timeline. TC mark

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  • rhoda

    were you paid a freelancer’s fee for this?

  • http://twitter.com/AndyLPJ Andy Johnson

    maybe you should parachute in like Rambo and fuck some shit up

  • Miles Vine

    you’re right

  • http://twitter.com/SoosSahar Sahar Soos

    This IS true…and sad.. good article..

    “I’ll tell my wife that we should try and use up what we have in the fridge before we go to the grocery store again. Then I’ll remember we’re out of almond milk.”

  • http://haphazardhues.wordpress.com/ Haphazard Hues

    Very Nicholson Baker of you…

  • Sophia

    There’s a book called Blue Like Jazz, and in the second chapter this is basically what it talks about – how we’re all the problem, because we’re all so selfish, and no matter how much money we throw at these problems, until we all wholly shape up, nothing is going to change.

    • RG

      Love that book! Apparently it’s being made into a movie eh? Weird…

      • Sophia

        Yeah! Not sure how I feel either. That book is really really important to me, and I’m a little afraid to see the movie interpretation. We’ll see!

  • Ghostbot

    Good News: Just being ALIVE makes you THE PROBLEM. As much as I enjoy living, I still recognize, with a great level of regreat, that  mankind is a virus upon the earth and each other. Laugh and Deal.

  • Anonymous

    I just shared this on Facebook. 

  • ytytyt

    sigh. the time we feel like we should hate ourselves but can’t muster the effort to.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6IFPDSFKEQJE2ZPP3ASE35MRL4 Laura

    This was absolutely brilliant. Resonated with me so, so well

  • Rianagoren

    I think more people should think and care about things like you do

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