Although Ray McGowan of Nashville, Tennessee, doesn’t like to ruffle feathers or cause offense, he admitted to secretly thinking that the modern world has gone a little crazy.
“More than a little, if I’m really truthful,” he said. “Just between you and me.”
According to McGowan, the looming climate crisis, which scientists say poses an existential threat to humanity, has caused him to lose some sleep at night. “I don’t like to make a big deal out of nothing, but to me, this seems like a genuinely big deal. But other people don’t seem too worked up about it, so maybe it’s just me.”
For that reason, in polite company, McGowan refrains from discussing things like accelerating global warming, the domination of the “democratic” political process by money, the presence of television screens everywhere from dentist’s chairs and elevators to supermarkets and passenger cars, or the fact that the large majority of Americans are consuming some type of pharmaceutical substance on a daily basis.
“We’re drugged up and ruled by corporations,” said McGowan. “But other people don’t seem to mind it all, too much, so again, maybe it’s just me. I'm pretty sensitive to these things. But that's my own burden to bear. I don’t want to inflict it on anyone else.”
He added, “What’re you gonna do? Just take the good with the bad, I guess. I try to keep a good attitude about it all.”