RANT WARNING: I suddenly had an interesting thought…We leave in a society that rewards extroversion, over-confidence, risk taking; whoever’s the loudest wins. To me, that sounds like the personality of the average pre-pubescent boy. I think we’ve created a society of big boys. Just look at Congress…no seriously…think about…they act just like little boys. Sure, they have lots of money…but what else? Is that all that matters? There was time when people rewarded character. Ya know, honor, valor, integrity, intelligence. Think Abe Lincoln, or MLK, or Fredrick Douglas, W.E. DuBois, or Henry Thoreau…don’t see men around like that (in power) much anymore. Or even getting heard on the evening news… We also shifted from a society of manufacturers to one that rewards quick exchanges of (fake) money…just a big game really…anyway, just something to think about….
- Richie Havens, Rolling Stone, 1978