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McMansions, SUVs, Mega-Churches and the Baghdad Embassy
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Life Among Dim and Brutal Giants

by Phil Rockstroh / Dissiden Voice

In microcosmic mimicry of the plight of the besieged middle and laboring classes, my parents Atlanta neighborhood, as is the case with many others in the vicinity, is being destroyed, in reality disappeared by a blight of upper-class arrogance. The modest, post-war homes of the area are being scraped from the landscape as an infestation of bloated McMansions rises from the tortured soil. These particleboard and Tyvek-choked monstrosities loom over the remaining smaller houses of the area, as oversized and ugly as mindless bullies, as banal as the dreams of petty tyrants.

In the surrounding suburbs, in a similar manner as McMansions eclipse sunlight, throwing the adjacent houses into half-light, mega-churches eclipse the light of reason, leaving their congregations in an ignorant half-light of dogma and superstition. Of course, these true believer lunatics are wrong about everything, except, perhaps, for their elliptical apprehension regarding the arrival of proliferate cataclysms in the years to come. Oddly, although they promulgate dire warnings on the subject, they seem gleeful at the prospect of wide-spread suffering.

How could they not be? Theyve seized upon a fantasy that allows them to escape from the tyranny of their own life-suffocating belief system. Attempting to subdue the suffocating dread of their corporately circumscribed lives, they wish for the destruction of the entire planet. Hence, their escapist fantasy, by the necessity of narrative, is huge, outrageous apocalyptic. The progenitor of their End Time tale is this: The believers emotional inflexibility begets a form of ontological giantism a phenomenon that arises when ones worldview is too small to explain the larger world. Therefore, a story must be created that contains violence and terror on such a massive scale that its unfolding would kill off the entire, problematic world. Thats right world, theres not enough room on this planet for both you and my beliefs. One of us has to go.

Upon the nations roadways and interstate highways, the overgrown clown cars of the apocalypse, SUVs, Humvees, and oversized pickup trucks also evince hugeness to compensate for the feelings of those folks inside the grotesque vehicles of being crushed down by alienation and isolation not only while on the road but by the realities of an existence within a hapless, oil-dependent empire which is itself powerless against the changing realities of the larger world.

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