Heroes In Search Of Quests
June 27, 2012 6 Comments
A number of recent government initiatives, from Bloomberg’s large soft-drink ban, to crackdowns on kiddie lemonade stands, to the various localities mindlessly cracking down on or taxing plastic shopping bags, have helped throw into sharp relief what I now can see is one of the biggest problems we face as a society: A serious dearth of important, heroic things for ambitious, busybody egoists to accomplish.
Where prior successful societies might have sent these people off to be officers in faraway wars, or to go convert savages to the faith, or to captain ships on long explorations, or to slay heathens in the Holy Land, or to the Moon, or something else meaningful and heroic, now we concentrate them into oak-paneled city councils and Roman-columned state houses with literally nothing heroic for them to do all day when they get there. Nothing, other than to try to enrich themselves as much as possible so they will feel good in comparison to the other would-be heroes around them who also have nothing heroic to do. So what do we expect? Of course some of them will run all over the place in search of plastic bags to slay, Mr. Pibb cups to shrink, lemonade stands to angrily overturn in the name of the one true Gov’t.
Something like Obamacare is just a larger-scale instance of this malady, of course. For decades now, an entire faction of people have been obsessed with the pedestrian, insular issue of how to get some people to pay for other peoples’ doctor visits. For some busybody egoists, this single issue has practically dominated their ambitions and hopes for their entire adult public lives! The fact that if Obamacare is struck down they’re not going away only proves my point. They literally have nothing important or heroic to do. This is what they’ve hit upon, it’s all they’ve got and they’re sticking with it: the reshuffling and reallocation of everyones’ doctor bills.
If we as a society could come up with some kind of Hero’s Quest program to keep all these people harmlessly occupied and content with how Heroic they’re being, yet without bothering the rest of us, it would do us all a world of good. Come up with a tiered neverending system of medals for them to collect and pin to their lapel or something. Big ceremonies for each new medal. Whatever it takes, just as long as it keeps them the hell away from the rest of us.