I feel like we’re living some nightmare version of Lord of the Flies. That bothers me, because of what happened to Simon, the only person who saw the insanity for what it truly was. And Piggy, who actually tried to play along the best he could. Trump’s revolution against the GOP, against the Democrats, against the system, reminds me of Jack. In fairness, Jack didn’t start off as a villain, just an ideological opposite. He didn’t want to just sit around and wait to be rescued. His concerns were far more immediate. Had there been hostile forces on that unknown island, Jack arguably would have been the hero of the story.
Ralph reminds me of who the liberals think they want to be, and what happens when confronted with Jack. Best of intentions for the good, but practically unrealistic. It was disturbingly strange how things go so out of hand. I remember when reading the book, when Roger goes full-blown on Piggy, I wasn’t sure at the time if this was ever appropriate reading material for anyone who hasn’t been exposed to the malice of war. In the years since, having seen the worst of humanity come out in people I regarded as relatively normal during normal times, I get where this book comes from. But I don’t’ think it’s a cautionary tale that any of us really learned from. Especially in today’s climate.
When we’re finally rescued by our sanity from the current frenzy, we’re going to have that same uneasy feeling we had by the end of the book.
It’s the frenzy that disturbs me. On all fronts. I’ve seen my own friends go from “Love Conquers All” to “Fuck Trump”, “Family values” to “shithole pussy grabbers.” I wrote about the stand alone complex and the social consciousness earlier, and I think it’s actually happening right now.
How can we be the voice of reason, without getting drawn into another yelling match? When frenzy gets hold, how do we get cooler heads to prevail? I want to figure that out before we get to the point where the conch is destroyed and we’ve got Piggy’s blood on our hands.
America, we don’t have to do this. We really don’t have to pick the lesser of evils. We can just simply be decent human beings. We must rewrite history, not reread it.