THE MORE THINGS CHANGE …

by Ross Sharp

I must make my witness.

I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad.

It’s a depression.

Everybody’s out of work. Or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street, and there’s nobody anywhere seems to know what to do and there’s no end to it.

We know the air is unfit to breathe, and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our t.v.’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

We know things are bad, worse than bad.

They’re crazy, it’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house and slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms, let me have my toaster and my t.v. and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything, just leave us alone”.

Well, I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad.

I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to write, I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write, I don’t know what to do about the depression, and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street, all I know is that first you’ve got to get mad!

You’ve got to say, “I’m a human being! GODDAMMIT! MY LIFE HAS VALUE!”

So.

I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get out of your chairs, I want you to get up right now, and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell …

“I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

I want you to get up right now, get up, go to your windows, open them, and stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Things have got to change!! But first, YOU’VE GOT TO GET MAD! …

From 1976, “Network”, directed by Sidney Lumet, Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky

I need a vacation.

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