Why are we all evil and stuff?
Apparently 620 WTMJ conservative talk radio thinks we’re evil, but as it turns out, we’re not sacrificing goats on alters made of Girl Scouts. As a matter of fact, you can hear more negativity in ten minutes of talk radio than you’ll find on this entire site. Here is the boring reality of it, which is far less sinister than the skeletons in most people’s closets:
Many of us here in Wisconsin have grown up on the stories of Ed Gein, the first time in modern history that humanity was forced to acknowledge the dark depths we were capable of. The incidents that inspired some of the most shocking and terrifying films ever made were our bedtime stories. Many of us still have friends, family or neighbors whose lives were somehow directly or indirectly affected by Ed Gein.
We have been raised on a profound example of what desperate loneliness and extreme religious bigotry are capable of doing to the fragile human psyche.
Folklorist Robert E. Gard wrote in his book Wisconsin Lore that our state has more ghosts per square mile than any other state in the union. Many of the great minds involved in Wisconsin’s alternative art and culture have been uniquely shaped by these and many of the other bizarre tales of UFOs, strange creatures and backwoods madmen.
Wisconsin is responsible for two of the world’s most deranged killers and cannibals, driven by repression, intolerance and the sheltered inability to communicate or relate to others. Beer and football are acceptable but art and pursuit of enlightenment are not.
Wisconsin Sickness does not represent an obsession with evil, but is instead a study – an exploration of the collective unconscious through art, film, music and other forms of expression.
How many of these artists have killed people? Considering Nate’s Satanic obsession with Wisconsin’s porn stores, he probably has a dead hooker or two in his closet, but we’re all decent people coming together to support each other.
Who is really doing more harm?
Nothing good has ever come from living sheltered lives suppressing what is basic human instinct on the grounds that someone might not understand, or expecting others to be ashamed of their different perspectives and free thinking.
You can live inside your box if you want to.
The box is a cage – I’ll take my chances in the wilderness.
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