...and no, "fantasy football" is only a tiny part of it.
I read a deeeep post by blogger "Og, the Neanderpundit". He's not as prolific a blogger as he used to be, but then, neither am I, so machts nichts (mox-nix for most readers). This blog-post of Og's alone would make his blog significant if it was all he had written for the whole year, so I tried to make an in-depth comment, but came up short. It did get some synapses firing though, so I decided to amplify here on my very own blog.
What Og's writing did for me was put all the world's woes in perspective, BOOM! like a bolt from the blue, like a double-twelve firing both barrels. BOOM!
It's fantastic! No, it's REALLY fantastic! People, the whole damn culture is one big fantasy game, and there are some pretty good gamers out there "playing" at culture.
I have written many, many blog-posts decrying the screwed up culture, just click on the "Culture War" link in "Categories" in the right sidebar of this blog if you need to see some. There are hundreds there.
I haven't wasted my time with that writing, but I may not have gotten it quite right, either. Most of the faux pas modern folks make which affect the culture aren't done in an attempt to kill the culture (making a liar out of me in some cases, I've held to that theme in this blog frequently), they are done because our educational system has failed it's students, and most folks under 40 can't tell the difference between life and fantasy.
Here is some proof:
- Turn on your TV in "primetime". Fantasy series abound, to a far greater degree than they did in the past generation.
- Go to a multi-theater cinema. Fantasy-themed films abound. Even the action flicks have stunts in them that are straight out of sci-fi.
- The most popular children's book series, "Harry Potter", is fantasy. Fantasy for kids. Let THAT soak in.
- Video games are almost entirely fantasy, again, mostly for kids with their impressionable minds.
- Even our interest in professional sports has become heavily involved with correctly-named "Fantasy Sports".
- What used to be proper fantasy for us, the science fiction genre, has taken on elements of politics and become less sci-fi and more poly-sci. See "Puppygate".
- Politics, which used to be games among men who were engaged in running governments, now is heavily involved with fantasy. See "Socialism". See "Crony Capitalism".
- The processes of higher learning have become heavily involved in fantasy. See "trigger warnings". See "safe spaces". See the hashtag #specialsnowflakes.
- Even communist revolution has become involved in fantasy. See "Black Lives Matter"
- Wait! We can't forget economics, the grease for the axles of commerce. It, too, is involved in fantasy. See the "Fifteen NOW!" movement. See Central Banking. See equity derivatives. See national debts.
Yep. Our lives become fantasy, and then reality bites us in the ass. Sort of like driving onto a water-covered section of road and pretending the water is only a few inches deep until you car goes underwater over the roof. Sort of like pretending we can get along with Islam, which actually instructs it's adherents to convert non-believers by the sword. Until ISIS comes along and we still pretend until the Islamic bullets tear into our loved ones' bodies. You get this picture now, don't you? If not, put your head back down in that sand. It's warm and safe in there, and you won't feel a thing until some pervert finds your ass-out ass...
If you really understand the disconnect of fantasy, go to your gun safe, open it, and start cleaning those guns and counting your ammunition. It's going to take the complete shock of war, at your front door, to convince many of us that life and fantasy ought to be separated.