Why the Hell Can’t We Grow Up?

American’s dislike and distrust of their government and their politicians is at an all time high. Such sentiment is echoed around the world against governments everywhere. Occupy Wall Street has exploded across the United States and across Earth. People are disgusted, fed up, mad, and scared. And we Americans are polarized between ourselves as never before, with the possible exceptions of the 1850s and 60s and a hundred plus years later the 1960s and 70s. Both were periods of intense civil strife and turmoil.

“The solution to the problem is pretty simple,” wrote Michael Scott Brooks as he expounded upon what I assumed to be his reference to our local, national, and global challenges, “People just need to grow up.”

He’s a friend and a local leader in the mythopoetic men’s movement. This is perfect synchronicity, I thought, as my wife Kristina and I had a similar conversation hours earlier. But I challenged him.

“We’re all at different levels of evolution,” I posted back. “Gotta learn to work together as we are with what we have. Now that’s hard work!” Remembering our shared love of poetry and its power through the ages to move sages, warriors, and common folk alike, I signed off with “It’s time for a Poem.”

“I think some of you are missing my point,” he retorted to all of us.

Well, y’know what? Scott’s on to something. Why the Hell can’t we grow up?

After I came up with the current title for this post, I deleted it and replaced “Why the Hell…” with “Let’s Build Bridges.” Yep, “Let Us Build Bridges.” One minute later and the original title went back up.

Why can’t the Middle class get off its ass and mount a third party challenge to the political status quo? What can the Greens and the Libertarians do to successfully work together as a hybrid coalition or alliance? Wouldn’t it powerful and supercool if Congressmen Ron Paul (R-TX) and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), passionate patriots yet both outcasts in their respective parties, run on a split ticket? What can the Transpartisan Alliance of Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats do to move beyond meetings to work together in public? How come the WinWin Revolution and Americans Elect didn’t really take off – yet – and aren’t soaring high – yet? What happened to the Tea Party? And why was the Coffee Party such a joke? What about beer, whiskey, and Coke? Well, none of those are good for ya. We all need water anyway. Fresh, clean water. And now the Occupy movement rolls along, and the 99% keeps turning on itself instead of working together while the 1% have long forgotten the world turns around itself and not them.

What will it take? We’re a bunch of toddlers in a sandbox squabbling over the “gold” the kitty cats left behind.

It is time for us to grow up and learn to work together. It’s long overdue for us to stop fighting and killing and maiming and raping each other and stealing and pillaging and looting from each other.

Remember the “Great War to end all wars” for the First World War and “Never again!” from the Second? And Rodney King addressing the nation in 1992 to appeal for peace in the wake of bloody riots, “Can we all get along? … Let’s try to work it out.”

Our global civilization converges toward the edge of the Abyss. Rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic, to quote a perfect cliché, only leads us closer to the malevolence of what geographer and human evolutionary biologist Dr. Jared M. Diamond terms “Collapse.” And that may well lead to what philosopher John Somerville calls “omnicide.”

Why the Hell can’t we grow up?

What will it take for us as a species to grow up?

Maybe we need to Occupy our selves.


William Dudley Bass
28 November 2011
Seattle, Washington


Copyright © 2011, 2016 by William Dudley Bass. All Rights Reserved until we Humans establish Wise Stewardship of and for our Earth and Solarian Commons. Thank you.


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