Below you will find the famous rant made by TV news anchor Howard Beale in the movie “Network”, which was released in 1976. Little seems to have changed from back then and I could make a good argument that the world is in fact a far worse place then when that speech was given.
How many of us today feel like Beale did? How many of us are feed up with reality TV, tabloid journalism and the networks’ “do anything to bump ratings” approach to news reporting. Can we even trust the news anymore?
The world has gotten a little weird and the recent US elections are proof of that. Today, politicians seem more interested in their campaign contributors than the voters that they are supposed to be representing. Today, people seem willing to just make stuff up and say anything in order to win and they are not even embarrassed when they get caught and they do get caught. What happened? How did we allow things to get like this? I’ll let Mr Beale say the rest…
I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.”
Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say: “I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!”
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’
I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad! You’ve got to say, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!: Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!”
Air Miles Pushed Me Over The Edge
For some reason, that recent Air Miles fiasco was like the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back for me. What that company did and tried to do to us really got to me. I’m tired of people/companies taking advantage of us, lying, cheating, however you want to describe it. Their arrogance and holier than thou attitude sickens me and now they have come right out and said that they will punish us because they didn’t get their way.
If we want things to get better, we just can’t sit back and allow something that we know is wrong to continue. We are better than that and from now on, when I see something I don’t agree with, I plan on getting involved and help push back a little. I will not be using my Air Miles card anymore because I don’t like the way they do business. They can keep their toasters and blenders because like Beale said “I’m a human being” and I’m not going to sell out my dignity for a few trinkets. I may have done that in the past, but not anymore.
Consider Joining CARP
Please consider joining the movement, we can create positive change by working together. Find ways to contribute, refuse to accept what they are trying to sell us. For you boomers consider joining CARP like I did, there is strength in numbers and we can amplify our voices, but only if we chose to connect and participate.
PS. I promise not to whine anymore!