Posterity, Schmosterity

Daily Prompt From the Collection of the Artist A hundred years from now, a major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was during our current historical period. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?

“What hubris!”

“What’s hubris?”

“Oh c’mon, Dude. You took Mrs. Zinn’s AP English class. You know what that is. It’s pride that blinds you so you end up fucking up your life.”

“Yikes! Have you had that?”

“Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh man, whew. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Question is when HAVEN’T I had it?”

“So what does your brochure say?”

“I have no idea. I don’t really understand this ‘particular’ historical ‘moment’. Veni, vidi, vici.”

“Did you really vici?”

“No, probably not. Veni, vidi, veni maybe.”

“You came twice?”

“Stop it.”

“So you’re not writing this.”

“No, it’s stupid. I’d either rant about the stuff I don’t like or extol the stuff I do like — not sure what that is which is depressing. The thing is, as the Repub Natl Comm called Hillary Clinton yesterday, I’m an old woman with drain bramage. A crone. What do I know?”

“You have drain bramage?”

“I might. I’ve had more concussions than she has. I’ve had at least three.”

“So you support her for president?”

“I absolutely do not support her for president and I don’t think she should run, but I think her running will bring out the not-all-that-latent misogyny in the Repubs which will be interesting to see. Maybe the whole idea is that when I write my brochure about these times I can write ‘The US finally elected a black president and a woman president.‘ Tokenism, IMO, but…”

“Yeah, Lamont, I see why you’re not writing this prompt.”

“Nope. I think I’d rather write a works cited page to a 20 page essay on the pros and cons of the death penalty.”

“That sounds horrible.”

“It is. Shudder. But here’s a REALLY funny song from the 60s about Oedipus the King, a play that is often used to teach the essence of hubris to young children.

5 thoughts on “Posterity, Schmosterity

  1. Funny, being an innocent European I was wondering what my friends over the pond thought about Hilary Clinton. I am not an expert on the politics of the states, I just think if I lived there I would be a democrat, just to keep the Bush people out of the White House. Hilary Clinton impresses, the way she talks and discusses, but who I am to say she is good. I would not have to live with her.

    • My reaction to her is mostly irrational and visceral, but mostly I think she can’t win. Our elections are more like horse races than anything else. All the Repubs are Bush people, I think, but I think all the Dems are, too. I think they’re all “owned” by some outside entity (the Chinese? the Saudis? the Koch Brothers? extraterrestrials?) who knows exactly how to “market” them so they either win or lose. Like McCain being compelled to run with Sarah Palin — designed to put Obama in office… My paranoid theory, but…

  2. You know that Tom Lehrer is alive? As well as can be expected for anyone that old, and living in California? I tracked him down. Garry was still working, so I hoped he might get an interview. It didn’t work out, but we have all of his “albums,” now CDs.

    I never thought I’d reach this final cynical point in which I have lost all hope of positive change from political leaders. I urgently want someone to prove me wrong. I’m not seeing it.

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