This past weekend in this famous tourist town in the North West, a man brought a 6’ yellow/white snake and dropped it in the grass 100’ from my ‘free speech display’ for ‘onlookers’ to gaze and touch. My display had more onlookers than usual but I was amused at how ‘the snake’ attracted at least five times more for an hour and a half. Most gawkers were adults too!
Seems the moral of this is that the snake was more fascinating than checking out the ‘world’s largest display of free speech’ which covers a myriad of topics to provoke thinking and support Thomas Jeffersons First Amendment of protecting the right to ‘free speech’, or watching a snake too it seems. Now, I could take umbrage with the value of snake gawking, but instead elect to arrive at a viewpoint that ‘this is the consciousness of the people (sheeple) in America.
A few weeks ago, a little 5 year old girl was trying to play a violin across the street from me. No question it was cute, but to my amusement people kept dropping dollar bills non stop in her basket. Another example, of the level of people’s interest! No question, it was an attention grabber, but for every 10 that dropped a dollar, there was one to read the ‘display’. She deserved the attention, but I can assure you, anyone setting up a ‘free speech display’ anywhere in the country with good information to provoke thought and support our rights of free speech, is generally met with unconcern as passerby’s lick their ice cream cones!
I think it’s all wonderful to see people enjoying whatever doesn’t cause them to think, for certainly that is the ‘flavor’ of the day and masses. Hitler would love it! Preoccupation with outside stimuli that requires no thinking is kind of sad at the greatest moment in history for ‘self and social evolvement, but also on the age of human annihilation because people are ‘walking around asleep’, and even ‘self righteous’ about it!
So who are the ‘snake oil salesmen’? In this case, it’s a person who deceives himself, and in turn deceives others as to who he really is. Very few are not a product of who others think they are, and who they perceive the deception they have convinced themselves to be. Time to ‘boot out’ the old useless you, and invite in the real you who needs a little light shining on them instead of just feeding the flame on the outside!