Yesterday, 80,000 out of the expected 100,000 people didn’t show up to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C.
That’s a major miscalculation. A huge one, actually.
On the one hand, I can understand why officials estimated as high as they did. After all, this is a true American icon and iconic moment we’re talking about here. And since 50 years is a big anniversary to celebrate, why shouldn’t 100,000 Americans show up?
In the commemoration’s defense, participants were subjected to a bit of rain, which doubtlessly dampened some enthusiasm. But I doubt it had such a profound affect as to slash expected attendance by four fifths.
Something else was doubtlessly to blame for yesterday’s poor turnout.
In part, I’m sure it was due to the fact that millions of Americans knew all too well that the rally would be a leftist affair filled with race-mongering and pity-parties instead of the unifying event for equality and action that Martin Luther King Jr. meant it to be 50 years ago.
(Why else was Tim Scott, the only seated African American in the U.S. Senate – who just so happens to be a Republican – not invited to attend?)
But I think it had a lot more to do with the growing number of Americans who can’t be bothered to care about anything other than themselves… and then only in the short-term.
To be fair, it’s hardly just Americans who take that destructively selfish attitude. It’s the West in general, fueled by nitwits like Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and the rest of the MTV culture.
Perhaps one exceptionally vivid piece of proof that people aren’t taking history very seriously is the site, “Selfies at Serious Places,” which documents self-portraits snapped in highly inappropriate places like at the Holocaust memorial, or Chernobyl, or Auschwitz or funerals.
Making kissy faces and smiling and posing all cool or cutesy-cutesy for the camera in serious spots marked by death and destruction and terror is hardly appropriate behavior. But these kids aren’t being trained to care about anything important. So naturally, they don’t.
Worse yet, this lack of proper education is a trend that’s been going on for some time. So we not only have egotistical children but we also have self-absorbed young adults and narcissistic grown adults, none of whom really care about Martin Luther King Jr. or his speech.
They’re too busy taking selfies and asking everybody to make it all about them.