Monday, April 09, 2007

Oh Look!

The Most Shallow Human Beings on Earth have been located!

George Gurley writes in the New York Observer of his conversations with folks about Iraq at Bungalow 8, a bastion of thought and international goodwill. A snippet from the conversations.

Exhibit A: “Unfortunately, the ‘fabulous people’ get a bad rap,” he continued. “Just because we live life in a certain way, they think we don’t have compassion for other people. It’s just not the truth. But you know, what really upsets me, honestly, is the propensity of the media to focus on Lindsay Lohan going in and out of rehab. I don’t care about celebrities and what they’re doing. I’ve met them all.”

Exhibit B: “I am upset by the Iraq War, but I don’t focus on it, because it’s a negative energy,” she said. “I think we are overanalyzing the situation. I mean, here we are at Bungalow 8!”

Exhibit C: “A rack? You mean titties? Like a really big rack?”

Exhibit D: “The people who are there fighting—it’s their journey. This is our journey,” she continued. “People are dying all around the world. Forget Iraq—they’re dying in this country. And their parents are suffering with them, and our parents suffer for us because we’re at Bungalow. There is no separation in the trauma.”

Exhibit E: “I don’t see myself as an American,” she said. “I see myself as a child of a higher being, and I feel privileged to walk this earth with my daughter and my family. The war in Iraq just reminds me of my everyday war. The only way that I can make a difference is being really grateful for the good, the bad, the ugly—what I can do for me. If I’m straight and I love everybody in a grateful world, that’s the only contribution I can make. And I can teach that to my daughter.”

Exhibit F: “I’m a little bit ashamed, because you go abroad now and everyone hates Americans,” he said. “I was in Florence, Italy—it was my birthday; I’d just turned 21—and everyone was like, ‘Oh, America—fuck America!’ And I was like, ‘No, not fuck America. There are a lot of great people who don’t back Bush, so don’t judge me.’ “I live this debauched life of partying and fun,” he added, “but you have to think about Darfur, you have to think about Iraq, you have to think about the pressing danger of Iran. I think people should enjoy themselves—which I’m not going to stop doing—but at the same time, there should be a level of guilt.

Ms. Theologian is in favor of a debilitating level of guilt.