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What’s It Like To Be Me
August 28, 2008, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Culture, Politics

If you’re like me, during high school you got all self-righteous about how horrible Nike is; with its sweatshops and all. Still, you bought Nike hats, carefully removed the Nike swoosh logo and then wore them as plain black hats.  After all, there were no other plain black hats to buy.  They were perfect plain black hats, after you removed the logo.

If you ‘re like me, you still feel that way about Nike, but you also own a pair a Nike jogging shoes, with the logo still on.  But you don’t feel very good about it.  Secretly you wish you lived in the kind of world in which you could wear Nikes with a clean conscience.  But you know that you don’t live in that kind of world.  And you still wear them.

If you’re like me, from time to time you wish you lived in the kind of world in which Michael Jackson didn’t ruin himself with plastic surgery and turn out to be a pedophile.  You secretly wish he kept releasing albums as good as Thriller.  You know that’s stupid, but you still feel that way.

If you’re like me, you wish that our ancestors didn’t conquer and cheat the indigenous peoples of North America.  But you’re happy to enjoy the benefits.  If you’re like me, you wish our past wasn’t tarnished by the slave trade.  If you’re like me, you’re upset about China’s dealings with Tibet, but you also realize that we did the same or worse to the indigenous peoples of North America.  So you feel, at once, fired up with anger, and yet strangely resigned to the inevitable flow of history.

If you’re like me, you wish you didn’t live a fallen world.  And you wish it in the weirdest ways.

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Okay … I don’t get the Nike thing, but I’m 100% with you on the Michael Jackson and American Indian wishes!

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