Wednesday's Three Word Wednesday

The words over at Three Word Wednesday are decay, graceful and riot.

Stimulus Package
The riots were just the beginning, along with the famine, the Ebola scare and that unfortunate incident in upstate New York where the kids died. All of them.
The country had melted into such a state of decay. And so fast, too.
One minute we were up in arms about universal health care and budget deficits and the next thing you know, people are dying, and I mean by the thousands.
It was graceful in its execution, if you think about it.
The exterminations. The control.
The fear-mongering.
It’s all anyone needs to rise to power. I mean, remember Hitler? Hello?
Command and control came swift, too swift for anyone to really do anything about it. It's how we planned it.
I mean, for every one person worried about the rise in ocean temperature (and willing to do something about it), there's 50 who were enraged that the famous pedophile pop star’s doctor got away with whatever he was charged with doing.
Worried about the riots? Sure, some. But most everyone else concerned themselves with the athlete who did time for the thing, signed a fat contract and took his team to the Super Bowl.
It’s all about deception people.
That’s my confession. A last will and testament, if you’ll indulge me. We did it. And you let us, all of you.
Not that anyone will read this anyway. Just a note written in No. 2 pencil on the back of a flier warning people not to gather, stuffed into a glass jar without a lid.
The fires are burning anyway.
The end of days.
Mercy.

25 comments:

anthonynorth said...

A great story, this. It was one of the cleverest con tricks ever to get us so infatuated by trivia. It will be the death of us.

Andy Sewina said...

Phew, there's a word of warning here!

gautami tripathy said...

This made me sit up straight.

graceful was no longer in fashion

Mark said...

Chilling and more honest commentary than many would like to admit.

Well done.

Missy said...

I love how you've taken news events and tied them up together in a great story. Things that seem so trivial yet clumped all together makes one pause.

Nicely done Thom

Seher said...

a cleverly done meme :)

Happy Wednesday!

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gigidiaz said...

So much truth. We don't really notice how much of our lives we let pass worried about the trivial things, the candy TV gives us to keep us pacified.

Great story!

sarah haliwell said...

Very cool, very well done. And so true. You've got me on the verge of thumping the table!

Donna said...

So you really think the Eagles are going to win the Super Bowl?? :)

"And you let us, all of you." Wonderful piece, Thom! Pure genius!

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent. Scary. Truth unmasked. I love this (your writing) - the dumbing down is almost complete, is it not?

Stan Ski said...

The Big Lie...the one we all believe...

Sweetest in the Gale said...

Dangerous distractions...this post really made me think. Very well done!

asleeponmyfeet said...

An apocalyptic vision with the ring of truth. I like it. The writing. And hate it. The reality of it. Grrr...

Bobbie Sandlin said...

I do not like the media. It destroys lives, and obviously distracts. News fasts do wonders lol.

Very good writing. Held me from beginning to end.

Lucy said...

I was so stirred I had to read it all over again Thom. very scary and a bit too much of reality for my celebratory week!!
well done!

travelmom said...

So happy to have found you here. What to say that hasn't already been said? Really fabulous. Thank you for not allowing your readers to sleep walk through your writing, or for that matter, our lives. I am awake!

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Do we read the same news sources? I'm praying it doesn't come to this, but I'm not hopeful. We're so close already.

Well done.

Jeeves said...

Enjoyed this

Just someone said...

yes - great story! scary too - got me worried!

Like the title that says 'stimulus package'

Zouxzoux said...

All of the above. And the crazy thing is, I can't tell which side you're on. That's good writing.
Wake up, people!

lissa said...

don't know what to think of this except that it's almost scary and not the kind future I like to picture

pjd said...

On what planet do you spend most of your time?

Seriously, I think Germany in the 1930s offers some pretty solid lessons for those who are wary. It is interesting how you've merged the two biggest fears--that (a) we will be overcome by tyrants who control us, and (b) we will not even notice because we're so involved in trivia.

amusing and scary

April Lindfors said...

Great writing, and yes a scary scenario. Got me thinking, most definitely.

Dee Martin said...

Holy crap Thom. Going looking for a cave and c rations and medical supplies, no forwarding address. I'm out of here...

Jane Doe said...

Terrific! It's all about distraction from the things that really matter, isn't it?