I enjoyed the live broadcast of Comedy Central’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Although it was entertainment, there are many who will rip it apart and criticize it from all angles as if it were a real political event. I found the rally to be an affirmation of the American spirit and a reminder that the America seen in the media is an imperfect reflection. I loved Jon Stewart’s 13-minute oration explaining the purpose of the rally.
“I can’t control what people think this was. I can only tell you my intentions. This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith, or people of activism, or to look down our noses at the Heartland, or passionate argument, or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear- they are, and we do. But we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies. But, unfortunately, one of our tools in delineating the two broke. The country’s 24-hour politico-pundit-perpetual-panic-conflictinator did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder.”
The hate- and fear-mongers at both ends of the liberal-conservative continuum were lampooned but most of them are so busy taking themselves too seriously that they will not get the joke or even realize they were lampooned.
“When we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” I see a need to turn down the volume and listen for the subtleties as we filter out the background noise. It’s in silence that we find clarity and wisdom. In the cacophony we only hear chaos, confusion and conflict.
It was entertainment and little, if anything, will change as a result of it. Sanity will not be restored and the fear will remain. Fingers will continue to be pointed and blame will still be laid at the feet of someone else. Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue to get things done as we always have. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
Following the middle path…