It was a long time ago – back in the 70s. Kathy and I had been invited to take a look at a commune of sorts, located at a hot springs in southern New Mexico. We had a number of Santa Fe hippy-ish friends who had joined. The main building, having been converted from chicken coops, served as a dining hall. As we sat down to dinner, we were warned that ravenous chicken lice would soon appear, to dine on us. They were very fast, it seemed, making it very hard to avoid getting bitten.
The residents were resistant to the idea of fumigating the place. Some were fasting, to avoid use of the building. I got the impression that some believed that “thinking good thoughts” was the best means by which to protect themselves. Kathy and I soon left. My opinion was that the best way to deal with chicken lice is to kill them.
Nowadays, we in the US are dealing with the human equivalent of chicken lice, starting with the President of the United States and going on down from there – through the likes of Stephen Miller, Jared Kushner, Mike Pence, Paul Manafort and all the other lesser criminals that use this administration as a means to enrich themselves and their corporate sponsors.
But what responses are we seeing to these outright provocations? A friend counsels that we should think good thoughts, as did the membership of the commune at the hot springs. An esteemed author says that we should “practice small acts of anonymous mercy” and quotes another as saying that: ” … 80,000 people all believing only in love will be enough to change the planetary reality”. Yeah, tell that to the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto, or the multitudes of despised people around the world, who are, right now, getting their asses kicked. I don’t need to provide examples, do I?
We Americans have had it easy – so easy that we suppose that magical thinking will get us out of this one. It won’t. We are now reluctant witnesses to the beginning of both serious climate disruption and the unraveling of western civilization. Worsening climate mayhem will only cause modern society to fall apart that much faster.
What to do? What will it take to defeat the human chicken lice of the world? Well … here’s one thing for sure – thinking good thoughts will not suffice.