Yeah I'll have another San Miguel, thanks.
...is it? Is it? I don't know; what do you think? Just look at the news, man. It's all there. Global warming, riots, viruses, wars and even cops choking the life out of people. Cities on fire. Just like in the Book of Revelations, or like that YouTube video about the reptilians, or like that one website my internet provider keeps blocking...
...Global warming is a thing man. It's getting hotter and hotter all the time. It's getting hotter and hotter and we're all like frogs in a pot of water. Someone's turning up the heat real slow, and we don't even know we're getting boiled. And the thing is, we're also the ones turning up the heat - but the dial only goes one way - hotter and hotter and hotter - and it'll only turn back, on its own, after we've been boiled and the Earth is well rid of us...
No man, I got this. You bought the last round.
...riots too, you know. People think they're fighting the power. Maybe they are. I don't know. I saw that video too and it pissed me off. Made me feel angry and powerless and vengeful that someone could do something like that to another human being and think their badge would protect them. But now we've got these guys burning down stores and police stations and whatever else signifies authority. And yeah, you can't help but wonder where this is all going. Who are they going to replace the men in power with? What's their plan? Do they even have a plan? Or is it just frogs jumping around? Naked in the streets, wearing face masks and stealing lamps. They're all angry, so angry. A lot of them don't even seem to know who or what it is they're angry at...
...maybe it's all this virus business. Waiting and watching for death. Hospitals full of bodies. Countries blaming each other. Is it because some people eat strange animals? Because their markets aren't clean? Because they're all too close together? Or because of a rich man's scheming? Biowarfare? A virus to end the imperialists? You look at Facebook and you get one answer, you look at Reddit you get another. You've got to adjust your feed, man. You've got to minimize the view. Some say if you block out all the fake news the truth becomes apparent, but what news isn't fake? What news isn't designed with a very specific audience in mind? What news would we even have the patience - or the stomach - for in "these difficult times?"
What? No, I'm getting tired of beer. How about some of that Jim Beam up there?
...some say this isn't even the worst of it. Some say there are wars on the heels of the virus, and other viruses on the heels of wars yet to come. They're clamping down on the rebellious, they're sending soldiers to their mountain borders, they're sailing back and forth across the globe, awaiting provocation. And where are you and I in all this, man? Are some of the missiles pointed in our direction? Are the powers that be singling us out? Are we unknowingly in the next hot spot, with only luck and our wits to save us?
...the other day my friend saw his kids off back to America and I didn't know what to think. Are my kids any better off here? Are yours?
Excuse me. Let's just move these glasses out of the way.
...so much frustration in the world. So much anger. And it's all dull, unwitting frustration and slow, insatiable anger. We could burn and burn and burn and we'll never get to the end of it. There are too many historical wrongs on the table; too many issues which divide us. We're all too different and there's no point in discussion. The man can't understand the woman. The white man can't understand the non-white. Our countrymen (and yes, countrywomen) can't understand those outside their borders, those beyond the sea, and those beyond the ideals we profess...
...and on top of all that there's the election. Will it even take place? And won't exactly the wrong person win? And what will people's reaction be, when half the world is inevitably disappointed?
What's that? Oh yeah I do remember you. That class at the university, right? How are you doing?
...it's enough to drive you to drink. I'm deleting all the news apps off my phone. Except those I agree with. We're living in the Book of Revelations, but I'm learning about the lizard people from YouTube, and also from that one web site my internet provider keeps blocking. I'm trying to stay informed, even if the facts of the matter are always the same...
And when I'm tired of it all I come here, and talk to you. Hopefully you understand what I'm talking about. I mean really, what's coming next? When will it be our turn to be victims?
Another? No, I'm out of money. It's late anyway. I should be getting home.