I'm happy to tell you there is very little in this world that I believe in
. Listening to the comedians who comment on political, social, and cultural issues, I notice most of their material reflects an underlying belief that somehow things were better once and that with just a little effort we could set them right again
. They're looking for solutions, and rooting for particular results, and I think that necessarily limits the tone and substance of what they say. They're talented and funny people, but they're nothing more than cheerleaders attached to a specific, wished-for outcome
I don't feel so confined. I frankly don't give a fuck how it all turns out in this country - or anywhere else, for that matter. I think the human game was up a long time ago (when the high priests and traders took over), and now we're just playing out the string. And that is, of course, precisely what I find so amusing: the slow circling of the drain by a once promising species, and the sappy, ever-more-desperate belief in this country that there is actually some sort of "American Dream"
, which has merely been misplaced.
The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you are emotionally detached
from it. I have always viewed it from a safe distance, knowing I don't belong
; it doesn't include me, and it never has. No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group
. Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighborhood, improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it
. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to
So, if you hear something in this book that sounds like advocacy of a particular political point of view, please reject the notion. My interest in "issues" is merely to point out how badly we're doing, not to suggest a way we might do better
. Don't confuse me with those who cling to hope. I enjoy describing how things are
, I have no interest in how they "ought to be." And I certainly have no interest in fixing them
. I sincerely believe that if you think there's a solution, you're part of the problem. My motto: Fuck Hope!