Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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RE: GOP going after Michael Moore (coming together... bridging the divide, you see)
I love "Roger and me". My favorite scene is the garden party. That was soooo weird that there is no way that it could have been fake. In fact, I have had a similar (in the philosophical sense) experience.
I was driving in a very rural part of a southern state with some extremely wealthy folks (inherited). I was hired to teach them some botany and landscape ecology which I was to teach over a 3-day period. Make no mistake, the people who paid varied from average to very bright. In other words, better than most state universities. However, they were as connected to reality in their cosmopolitan way as a ghetto crack-head is parochially connected to reality--not much.
We were driving around in a very rural area and came upon a small cluster of squalid trailers perched on a steep clay hill. There was the requisite abandoned pickups, appliances, and flea-bagged hounds--which pursued us in breathless frenzy. One of my students opined, "I don't know why people want to live like that."
That was an eye-opening moment for moi--as if folks choose to live in squalor! It was of the magnitude of of Marie Antoinette's, "Let them eat cake." yes, sometimes folks choose the easy way. But more frequently, folks are just plain ignorant. And to a lesser degree in the USA, some people have neither choice nor knowledge.
For example, I worked in Kentucky with po' folks. One family had a trailor with a shallow well downhill from the trailor and a cesspool uphill from the same trailer. That's ignorance and poverty, not stupidity.
And so on.