Affluent and Neutered
by Alex Hutchins
It has been said by experts that one’s emotions and behavior are pretty much fixed by the age of 5 and will there has been data to support this claim, I disagree with it. For me, there are basically 4 stages in human evolution or develop, which are:
The 1960’s, was marked with musical lyrics that resonated inside our minds that caused sympathetic vibrations inside the fibers of our thoughts, expanding our horizons. These sensations were enhanced with drugs, alcohol, and sex, and a type of innocent freedom that none of us would ever experience again.
Paralleling this “fairytale like” freedom was the ravaging, brutality of the Vietnam Conflict (somehow it never rose the status of a full blown war) that was blasted out on the screens of our televisions with riveting articles and combat photos in our newspapers. The juxtaposition of the two extremes (Intellectuals and the War Eagles) resulted in the polarization of our society.
Out of this adrenalin rush of awareness, came the music of Bob Dylan, who laid the cornerstone of an American Dissident Movement, the likes of which has never been seen again and probably will never be seen again. Out from the bowels of our youthful thoughts, came:
The Students for a Democratic Society
The Black Panthers
The Chicago 7 Trial
Hypocrisy, Freedom, and Equality strongly resonated out from the voice of these groups as the “establishment” tried to silence their childish outbursts. The nation was immersed in an ideological battle where each side was caught-up in the quicksand of their own pre-conceived ideas and ideals.
Gone are Panthers
Gone are the Weathermen
Gone is the trial of the 7
Former dissidents, like Abby Hoffman, work on Wall Street as investment bankers.
We have been successfully neutered as year after year after year, the affluent successfully replicates its power and control.
This last stanza to Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man, says it all . . .