Although I've never travelled to Germany or Poland (I have been to Switzerland, England, France, & Italy however - putting me in the top 1% of Americans in terms of exposure to another country. 99% of Americans never
leave the US, and a good 55% never travel more than 250 miles from where they were born - truly a sad state of affairs) - I have to say that the weird church situation seems to be the strongest here, in the USA. Right here in the little podunk town I live and work in - population 8K - there are no less
than 25 different churches, ranging from the boring Cathloic (although pretty buildings they do make) to the downright odd (waving & weaving & talking in gibberish they call 'speaking in tongues') to the institutionally insane
(Dominionists, Scientoligists, and snake-venom sipping idiots I forget their name).All
of whom pay no taxes, all of whom get their panties all in a bunch if you even suggest their beliefs are a bit 'odd', some of whom it's widely known as dangerous
if you cross them in any way.
We are well on our way to one of two things (in my humble opinion):
1. A theocracy
2. Civil War
After 9/11 - in combination with the ecomonic meltdown - the level of fear I get from other Americans is greater than at any time I can remember in my short 53 years. Fear
of the next terrorism attack, Fear
of losing their jobs (or of ever getting one to begin with), Fear
their kids can't get medical attention they need, Fear
of losing their house to foreclosure, Fear
that they'll never work again when they get laid off in their 50's (not unjustified - the news reported a while back that if you're over 50 and laid off, you might as well give up, as 80% or more of people in that
catagory will never
work a quality job again)...
Our political elite is fanning the flames of Fear just to get (or stay) elected. Churches are laying claim to the solution
of living with fear - just show up and start praying
. While church attendence per se isn't going up, those that do
attend are going more often and listening very
closely to what the men in white hats are saying - the brainwashing is in full swing, and many, many people are (in my view) beyond hope of ever living their lives in a rational way..
The country is soaking
in Fear. Under such circumstances, people are capable of anything
, of any atroicity. People who 20 years ago would never consider owning a weapon are arming themselves - with multiple weapons, with guns in every room of the house.
Every day it's growing worse. Even at my workplace (a small college), out of our 3000 students, the largest student group (the christian club) has 700 members, while the Humanist club has less than 20...prayer meetings on campus are common and well attended - with a significant percentage of the faculty attending.
All this from an institution that's dedicated (supposedly) to critical thinking....
I have no
hope for this country, not anymore. If I could afford to, I'd leave - but what country worth living in is going to take a partially disabled (auto-accident damage to lower body, I use a cane) 53 year old married man with no young kids to add to the workpool? Even though I'm a highly skilled Network Engeneer/Level 3 Computer Tech, as far as I can tell, countries a bit saner than the USA won't take me as a citizen/permanat resident - oh, they love my money as a tourist
, but that's about it.
Depression is easy for me to fall into, under these circumstances. Sometimes, it's overwhelming (and has
required medical assistance).
Welcome to the USA - home of the idiots, the home-schooled evolution deniers, whack-a-loons, and religious nutjobs.
If you need directions to the nearest prayer breakfast, I got ya covered.