Saturday, November 29, 2008
Regarding "The Apex of Cultural Stupidity"
One of the wisest lines I've ever heard was delivered by one of our finest actors in one of our funniest movies. Sorry I don't have a clip, but I do have the quote.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it!" - 'Men in Black'
What happened in Valley Stream is simply the latest example of the mob mentality. It's the same phenomenon that fueled lynch mobs, looters during the NYC blackout and the death of a thirteen year old girl at the hands of dozens of grown men armed with stones and the infallible word of their God.
Let's not forget that the worker who was trampled to the ground in that Valley Stream store died because of the frenzied commercialization of a religious holiday. The "Peace on Earth. Good Will Toward All Men" holiday. If that guy were still alive, I bet he'd be having a good laugh at the absurdity of the situation.