Friday, January 3, 2014

Theatre of the Absurd

“A politician divides mankind into two classes, tools and enemies.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Rehearsal is ongoing, the stage is set and the actors are in place, or more accurately, the politicians are in place. In place to perform their hollow acts of political theatre to keep the fiction alive that they have a clue as to what they are doing. 

Theatre of the Absurd is exactly what it sounds like, people performing on stage with no point, no plot and no logic. Sounds a lot like what’s going on in Washington these days. We are not being led by competent leaders but by corporate power with an insatiable appetite for power and an unquenchable thirst for the chaos they bring about with their apocalyptic visions. Absurd drama subverts logic, politicians defy it. There is a sense of primeval anguish to the meaningless exchanges that have become nothing more than a vehicle to legitimize their inaction and disguise their incompetence. 

Politics has been reduced to a mere sport for the celebrity zombies rather than a forum for citizens that are engaged. The line between propaganda and reason is blurred as the media produces and nurtures a culture of stupidity with diversionary spectacles of entertainment sports, reality television as we are mesmerized by the empty lure of celebrity. Political amnesia works its way through our sycophantic culture and we find ourselves in a celebrity induced stupor rather than focusing in on the dangers of policies that rob us of any real political power. 

Politics isn't something to think about only during elections; it’s something to think about every day because it affects our lives every day.   Waiting for Godot is an absurdest play that essentially tries to convince us that life is meaningless and that things are determined by chance. 

Throughout the play the characters sit and wait in vain for someone who is not coming, it’s time to get off  the bench and let Washington know the reviews are in, the waiting is over and that we need a new cast, one that knows how to act.