It’s one of my favorite movies. If you haven’t seen it, you must. The metaphor is stark and relentless. It’s a brutal statement on the absurdity of this System we live in and under.
The phrase Being There also applies to the following quote I’ve lifted from James Howard Kunstler’s latest blog post entitled The Uses of Disorder here. The following is a screen print of the applicable comment.
Below is the KTLA link to the news story.
A teenager from Utah hurt in this week’s explosions in Brussels also survived the Boston Marathon bombings – and was on a church mission in France at the time of the terror attacks in Paris as well.
Mason Wells, 19, of Utah was 20 months into his Mormon missionary trip in France and Belgium during the attacks. He was one of four missionaries hurt in the blasts. All are expected to survive.
Wells’ parents say their son suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, shrapnel injuries and burns on his face and hands.
“He shared with us that he was extremely close to the blast where he was burned by it,” Chad Wells, Mason’s father, told ABC News. “It’s a blessing from God he’s alive.”
Strangely enough, the family says it’s not the first time they’ve been in the center of a terror attack.
In 2013, Mason and his father were about a block away from the first explosion at the Boston Marathon. Mason’s mother, Kymberly, ran the race.
“I’m dumbfounded to be honest,” said Chad Wells.
Chad Wells said the Boston terror attack didn’t quell Mason’s desire to serve his church internationally. He also believes it helped him stay calm during the attack in Brussels.
Wells was also in France, but was not hurt, during the Paris attacks.
“The way we get back on our feet after something like this happens is a true test of character,” Chad Wells told ABC News. “He was blessed significantly by God. We see a blessing by this, not a terrible curse.”
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have given this too much thought, but it comes on the heels of the comments I made to the previous blog post about Mormons. And, right on cue, we get this “news story” about the many brushes with death of a teen LDS missionary. As Being There asks, what are the odds? Unless.
As if anyone cares at this point. Boring podcasts by boring people are so much more fulfilling. But, for the very few who do care, and actually have eyes to see and use them, it’s for you. I’m sharing with the few as Being There has shared with me despite my testosterone.
As you read, think to yourself, have we reached the point where news-making now includes concocting the event that becomes the capitalized spectacle? I think it’s very possible we’ve arrived at that point and creating realities is quite literal.
Or, it’s just a coincidence this poor sap was at the wrong place at the wrong time not just once, but three times and the good Lord saw fit to protect him but not everyone. I don’t know, but what I do know is, Disaster Capitalism is alive and well and it only makes sense, it’s the next logical step, to concoct the event you want to cover and turn it into a spectacle that will pay numerous dividends. If we’re not there yet, we soon will be, and at this point, or that point I should say, I really think most people won’t care if it’s a planned event or not.