Retarded, not developmentally disabled. It is a pejorative to refer to anyone as retarded, but it is an apt description for everyone as a whole. I believe that it is the only correct usage of the word, as a matter of fact. You are not retarded, you say? Oh but you are so wrong my friend, so very wrong. You are dumber than dirt compared to what you should be. Tardy, remedial, slow, sitting in the corner wearing a DUNCE cap. Allow me to explain.
Have you ever wondered why the universe is so big, yet we for all practical purposes seem to be the only ones in it? I know, I know, there are some UFO experience-rs out there who might be reading this and disagree however, I have other possible explanations for them that I won’t get into right now. For now suffice it to say, we seem to be the only occupants of a vast and infinite Eden. Ever pondered the problem of scarcity of resources and overpopulation as humanity gets better at extending the human lifespan? It can be argued that conservation and good environmental practices present a solution but, two decades into the movement has shown that these are really just “feel good” practices for well meaning folk, they have not improved life very much. Why is that?
I use the infinite expanse of the universe as an example because it is the most obvious and ironic way to highlight my point, that being that WE SHOULD ALREADY BE OUT THERE. A mocking and cruel irony that all we have to do is look up to find most of the solutions to our environmental and land problems. Near Earth-like planet just waiting to be colonized, asteroids that contain all manner of minerals and water, elements and substances that we have yet to discover that could lead to breakthrough technological discoveries. Problem is, we can’t get there. We can’t get there because we are retarded. All of us are retarded.
You see, every advance that we have made as a species has pretty much been a collaborative effort that required the innovator to build upon knowledge which had already been learned and passed down. It could be said that all knowledge is plagiarized and that there is no such thing as a truly original thought, only novel ways of using information already learned. What this means is that humanity either advances together cooperatively or, fails collectively. There is no way around it, we all belong to each other, depend on each other for survival and fail together too. In the immortal words of Babs (Barbra Streisand) “people…need people.” Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.
Seems obvious so far but what people miss is that the way we treat each other on a personal level not only affects that particular person but everyone else connected to them, including the actor themselves. Do good to that person and you empower them to share the fortune, do bad to them and you harm humanity as a whole. What immediately comes to mind is the greedy slumlord. Here I sit in a one hundred and eight year old dilapidated building that has paid for itself many times over. Instead of re-investing some of those profits back into the property to make it a decent place to live, the greedy slumlord fattens their pockets while consigning his or her renters to a life of squaller. Instead of being able to go to school, train for a vocation or simply volunteer some personal time to a worthy cause, the exploited renter now must spend energy fighting bed bugs, hauling drinkable water not delivered by lead pipes, trying to stay cool when their room hits one hundred degrees and so on… Oppression is what selfishness really boils down to, you are stealing life from someone else and diminishing us all, because the victim is rendered unable to contribute for the sake of just struggling to survive. How many geniuses do you think have gone unsung because some self-absorbed crap-head stole their idea, ripped them off, bullied them or sabotaged their efforts? How many do you think could have solved some great human need but were unable because they couldn’t get out of the slums. We only know of the ones who did make it out, we may never learn of the ones who didn’t and what we subsequently have lost.
So, we have yet to see the genius that discovers faster than light travel, teleportation and the mechanism that makes matter interchangeable with energy. We have yet to learn of the person who can lead us into the next great frontier and thereby assure the continuation of humanity. What we are stuck with now are wars that murder millions, PG&E instead of free energy, one hundred and twenty year life spans instead of virtual immortality, famine, disease, the list goes on. Oh yes, and the All Star Hotel, home to bed bugs, roaches, mice, gnats and fleas. Home also to yours truly, a mind too busy battling a slumlord instead of working towards more worthy, humanitarian endeavors.
Take heed all of you in city government, law enforcement, non-profit property mis-management (Tenderloin Housing Clinic), slumlords and various other bad actors. When you hurt us, you hurt yourselves.
You are making all of us, retarded.
EDIT ADDED ON 09-02-2013 @ 10:28 pm
Hey all, I came across this article tonight on a favorite site of mine that shall remain nameless. Just happened across it, wasn’t looking for it at all. It seems as if the hand of God is guiding me as usual and He deserves all accolade and praise. Honestly, I had not read anything nor heard anything about this topic before writing the above post, it just seemed to be an obvious condition that afflicts the poor, especially me. Advance notice of impending truths seem to come to me quite regularly. I’m sure the purpose is to alert others and it is a duty I regard to be an honor. I am just a bug, the message is the prize, meant for you. Enjoy.