Just when you think this Presidential election year cannot get any weirder, it just does.
Just when you think you could not possibly write anything more outrageously satirical and jaw dropping than you think you already have, reality goes one better.
Satire is a great way to write about human absurdities, using humour and excitement to create a novel that can really explore social, political and religious realities, inventions, extremes and the just plain bizarre. It is a way to intrigue, excite and create downright laughter, while leaving the reader with serious thoughts about their own lives and the lives of those who control them through work, politics and religion. But it is disconcerting and troubling when real life starts to become that satire.
When I started “THE BOOK OF BAKER” trilogy (Parts One and Two entitled ‘Dreams from the Death Age’ and ‘Armageddon’ respectively) it was my way of satirizing the strange phenomenon of Religious and Political cults in America, and the comedic yet dangerous web they can weave together. To try and understand the connection between the two and why people fall for what to me and much of the “outside world” appears to be extreme, illogical nonsense, and why they seem to particularly lose their minds when times get tough.
Set in 2020 during a Presidential election cycle “THE BOOK OF BAKER” trilogy follows a failed writer (Sean Baker) who finds ancient writings stored on flash drives in a forest in Oregon. The world is going rapidly downhill with crazy politicians, an unstoppable recession and an Earth rumbling toward Armageddon. A struggling Presidential Candidate seizes upon the Book Sean Baker writes based upon the ancient texts, and creates a cynical cult in order to boost his chances in the election.
I started writing the trilogy in the 1980s and have been surprised, astonished and troubled that, in many respects, the books that I thought might be considered a bit “out there” actually highlight and are frighteningly close representations of the existing Religious and Political nature in today’s America. For example, just this morning, in the UK where I am visiting family, I read about a couple of Republicans in the South and an incumbent Congressman whose views are straight out of the ‘dark ages’, positively medieval in nature.
According to the Associated Press: ‘Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”‘ He also believes that the Earth was created in six days 9,000 years ago.
The Associated Press also quotes a Broun spokeswoman: “Meredith Griffanti told the Athens Banner-Herald that Broun was recorded speaking to a church group about his religious beliefs.” Now what really puts the icing on the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Cake, is that Broun is a Medical Doctor who worked as an Intern at a hospital in Portland Oregon, and the irony is that he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Now according to the dictionary the definition of Embryology is: the branch of biology and medicine concerned with the study of embryos and their development.
A Doctor who doesn’t believe in the Scientific proof that the Earth is Billions of years old and who doesn’t believe in how embryos develop in the womb?
Yet another Twilight Zone moment.
Then there are the two bigoted Republican racist politicians from the South. Both wrote books in which they expressed their views, so it’s down in black and white, no pun intended. Well, maybe, just a little.
Chuck Bartels – Associated Press writes:
“LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims.
The claims were made in books written, respectively, by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville.” (read the article here http://yhoo.it/TgK8aM)
What more is there to say about those prehistoric, inhuman, ignorant and divisive views?
When I first came to America I thought it one of the most racist countries I have ever lived in. My view changed somewhat when Barack Obama was elected President, but is now drifting back toward my original view. Now I see there is a clear struggle between inclusive forward thinking Americans, and Conservative, evangelical, born-again, fundamentalist Christian Zionist Neanderthals.
I am not a Christopher Hitchens type scathingly proud atheist. I do believe in the goodness and purity of the great Religions of the world as they were formed in the beginning, before strange cults and extremist offshoots bullied their way to the forefront. I can see the ancient need for parables to illustrate an underlying desire to bring societies together in a common pursuit of peace, love and prosperity. But when that purity becomes mutilated by dogmatic literal beliefs, we are in trouble. And when those beliefs take over Government, we are in real danger.