Nuance Is Deader Than Abraham Lincoln

By Mark Antony Rossi

In a world that turns increasingly grey the strangest irony is most gravitate to the extremes. We want black or white. We want night or day. We want easy answers. We can’t deal with hardship or sacrifice. And it’s much more acceptable to blame suits in high towers than taking a look at our choices.

Things have gotten so out of hand in society that it’s nearly impossible to separate ideology from conspiracy. They run the same course full of boogeyman and bombast but never a hint of personal responsibility. The reason of diplomacy is ridiculed as limp wrist rhetoric from sell-outs. The delicate art of nuance is deader than Abraham Lincoln. Our commercial news media spits darkness onto the masses like a digital dragon poised to punish the souls daring independent thought.

This arcane trend of bullying behavior will only stop when a rebel actively decides to do the opposite to challenge the status quo. The rebel will refrain from candlelight  vigils, street protests, granite memorials, gofundme accounts and accepts responsibility for their actions that have contributed to the greater darkness. Now that will be a genuine news story:  I am at fault. I am responsible. I will actually do something to improve my community.

When we are done listening to the complainers, the hustlers, the liars, the do-nothings — there just might be some air time left for honest people willing to say in a non dramatic voice: this has got to stop! If I’m your brother why are we not talking? If I’m your sister why are we still fighting? If this is our country why are we not repairing its cracks together? Why? Why? Why?

We like distractions. We love excuses. We are deaf to nuance. We are dead to common sense. And the only reason we still maintain a democracy is because we are too lazy to dismantle it. And this Is why we muster tears for criminals and mock the middle class. The only revolutionaries left are the tax payers and the church goers. Two groups fading fast into the wood work of an unvarnished world.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. 

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