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The History of Now

24 EpisodesProduced by Christina MooreWebsite

The History of Now – Social commentary on modern life told with a touch of humor.

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I am the Problem

I am the problem. I don’t want to be. Yet, here I sit.

All weekend I struggled to find my position. I live. I breathe. I have cash in the bank. I own a business with revenue and our people are paid their wages. 

To wear a Guy Fawkes Mask or declare I am Charles Hebdo or anyone else is entirely insincere of me. My property is secure. I am safe.

The next obvious position is that I have no position. Do I silently proclaim this is not my fight. I am not a participant. I am not in the streets. I neither hold the baton, nor at risk of being beaten by one. 

I am not firing rubber bullets and I am not being shot by them either. 

Instead, driving though my old hometown to visit a friend and my mother’s grave, I found myself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And I in find myself in a beautiful house.

And I asked myself, “Well… how did I get here?” David Byrne reminds me to ask, “How do I work this?”

I chose not to be on the sidelines. 

And I must face the day honestly. I have carried a badge. I have worn uniforms. I vote. This is my government. This is my democracy. Therefore, this is my problem. 

I must seek within, study my actions, my thoughts, my history, my family then accept what I see. 

My family has always voted. I vote. My family speaks and writes. I speak and I write. We engage in public service and fought in the wars. I have been a public servant and I fought in the wars. I pay my taxes. Therefore, this is my democracy. This is my county. 

And I don’t like it. I feel shame. I feel horror. I wish to hide. I wish to run. 

Yet, the philosopher tells us we must acknowledge a problem before fixing it. 

Please, please join me in acknowledging there is a problem. It is our problem. The problem doesn’t belong to someone else. It is my problem. I am the problem.

There is my power! Instead of singing “same as it ever was, same as it ever was.” I must stand with utter humility, a bit of shame, and a sense of empowerment to say: I am the problem.

I am the oppressor. 
I am the cop. 
I march on the streets.
I am the observer. 

I am the journalist.

I am the business owner. 

We are the problem. 

We are the oppressor.

We are the marchers.

We are the cop.

We are the journalist.

We are the business owner.

We are the employee. 

We are the problem. 
We are the People. 
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights that among these is LIFE. 

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