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The word “saved” is misused by American culture


Letter from ItiA

I used to be a big advocate of the word “saved”. I was able to save peoples souls, I believed that doctors saved lives, and that counselors saved relationships.

Over the last 7 years I have realized that “Saved” is a mythical word. No one has ever saved anyone! Everything we do here is temporary, so the concept of saved, which is a permanent word, really is meaningless. No life guard or doctor has ever saved a life. They may have postponed death by a little bit, but giving the attribute of “saved” to their actions is much like handing a homeless person a dollar and telling them that they are rich. Its like giving your child a new car and telling them that they now have transportation forever. Its exactly like telling someone you love them and that you will be with them forever. Its just not true.

We are temporary beings. We are all suffering from a terminal illness called mortality. Because our language uses permanent words like saved, we are deluding ourselves to over exalt our achievements, and to pacify the simple minded. After all, if you are saved, your problems are solved forever! No need to work on the reality of today, you are 100% focused on an imaginary future.

So I am living in a culture of saved people. Living in a society of heroes and villains, all living in a dysfunctional dream world that our permanent words like saved are perpetuating. What do we do when reality conflicts with the dream world? What do we do when grandma is dying, showing her mortality and fear? We hide it. Let her die alone in a nursing home so we can go on with our dysfunctional dreaming. What do we do when soldiers come back from war in caskets? We hide it. Let them go to their graves without ceremony so we can go on with our dysfunctional dreaming. What do we do when the hungry and sick pour onto our streets and cities, showing our inability to care for our own? We make laws and hire cops to cage them and bus them away from our neighborhoods so we can keep living in our dysfunctional dream.

Its really quite insane.

Help, I am ItiA (Inside the insane America)

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