So, what about people?…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s special noises are: clang, clang, rumble, clang, crack, clang, and rumble.

‘Yes dear?’
‘Why are people so awful?’
‘Oh, that’s a funny question dear… Do you think they are awful?’
‘Yes, most of them.’
‘Oh… Have you got your own theory as to why this is the case?’
‘Yes Mum, I have…’
‘Would you like to share it with me?’
‘If you like. It’s all the fault of capitalism and marketing.’
‘Is it?’
‘Yes it is… It relentlessly encourages people to consume, and be greedy, and to not value what they have…’
‘Yes, it makes them want stupid new useless things… and it makes them borrow money to buy them… new things, that they can’t quite afford and they…’
‘What sort of things dear?’
‘Things that they think will make their frantic miserable lives better in some way – but of course they won’t, they just…’
‘But dearest, that just makes them sad, but not awful people…’
‘Ah yes Mum, but they are encouraged and conditioned by the great fat advertising machine to be competitive and arrogant, making them think that they should strive to be somehow better than everyone else… It’s a rat-race greasy pole situation Mum!’
‘A rat-race greasy pole situation dear?’
‘Well, I wish I could tell you where your theory falls down…’
‘Yes, but I can’t, you are obviously right… but we seem to be stuck with it…’
‘Oh okay…
‘Yes dear?’
‘What should we do then?’
‘Oh, just try to ignore the advertising and bullshit, try to be nice to people, and join the ranks of the cynical alternative underground…’
‘Wow! The cynical alternative underground! The C.A.U!… That sounds fun!’
‘Yes, it is…’
‘Cool!… Thanks Mum…’
‘You’re welcome dear…’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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