Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hunter S. Quote

A passage from Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angles (1966): 
But in a society with no central motivation, so far adrift and puzzled with itself that its President feels called upon to appoint a Committee on National Goals, a sense of alienation is likely to be very popular--especially among people young enough to shrug off the guilt they're suppose to feel for deviating from a goal or purpose they never understood in the first place. Let the old people wallow in the shame of having failed. The laws they made to preserve a myth are no longer pertinent; the so called American Way begins to seem like a dike made of cheap cement, with many more leaks than the law has fingers to plug. America has been breeding mass anomie since the end of World War II. It is not a political thing, but the sense of new realities, or urgency, anger and sometimes desperation in a society where even the highest authorities seem to be grasping at straws. 
I am not really sure what happened to the generation that thought this, to me it seems they did not really do anything to "fix" the American dream. However, maybe that was the point, they just checked out and let the rest of the pieces fall where they may.