First of all, I LOVE what has been submitted so far. Really. Jesse gets it. Sal, Parisianne, Wendy get it. Mike Casper gets it. And most certainly Mike Stang gets it. (did I miss anyone?)
But here is what I am looking for, hoping for.
We are a nation where the schism between what we say, what we represent as true, and what is really going on below the surface is VAST.
The falseness that we create leaves everyone with a hollow feeling, a void.
What really does go on beneath the surface of our lives?
I can think of two examples that I would like you to consider when you send me something to post. The first is Mick Jagger. Play Fool to Cry.
He f-ing nails it. The void. He puts his daughter on his knee. She says, “Daddy, what’s wrong?” And he can’t articulate it! She only sees his tears.
And then we have that pretty boy, Tom Brady. Look at his chiseled face. Handsome. Sweet. Innocent. Everyone’s hero. Too pretty to do anything wrong. White America’s O.J. Simpson. Represents all our finest virtues. Yet, beneath the surface, cunning, deceit, contempt for those who believe in justice and fairness, contempt for the values we share. Destroys his cellphone and then claims that this is not about cheating, but due-process. What is going on BENEATH THE SURFACE of this hero?
I want to save the world, and all I have are words: my words, and yours.
I am angry.
Come on, Literati! Dig down deep, and REALLY let us know what’s going on beneath the surface. In you, in our lives, or in our country. You choose, but keep it real.
I need a drink.