The Reality of Living In a World of Pinocchios

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While woodcarver Geppetto may have fantasized about his marionette becoming a real boy, ordinary Americans are trying to make their real-life Pinocchios return to their make-believe world, where only a Wizard of Oz can give them the means to become a true member of Congress, a scholar and a courageous leader – a mind, a heart, and the courage to accept responsibility and accountability.

THE REALITY OF LIVING IN A WORLD OF PINOCCHIOS

By Al Garcia

While woodcarver Geppetto may have fantasized about his marionette becoming a real boy, ordinary Americans are trying to make their real-life Pinocchios return to their make-believe world, where only a Wizard of Oz can give them the means to become a true member of Congress, a scholar and a courageous leader – a mind, a heart, and the courage to accept responsibility and accountability. 

America is living a nightmarish Disney animated movie.  The storyline is simple – spoiled rich and power and vote-hungry members of Congress, living through the bloated body of a man forcibly retired to Florida.  The kicker is that the Peter Pan-minded man -- who cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction, truth or lies, right or wrong – has now become the Puppet Master.

The reality of living in a world of Pinocchios has become a nightmare come to life for an unsuspecting America.  While our real-life Pinocchios try tirelessly to prove themselves to their Puppet Master, America has become the epitome of a bad Laurel and Hardy movie.  No laughter.  Just a study of slapstick and farce at its very worst. 

For over five years now, our Pinocchios have incessantly lied, relentlessly deceived, and unremitting intimidated and harassed everyone and anyone who dares to doubt or question their behavior as manipulated marionettes, without character or substance.  Any attempt to expose their actions or antics, has only served to embolden and encourage their childish outbursts and their brazen juvenile and self-indulgent actions.  If only they had a mind, a heart, and the courage to know better, and be better.

The reality of living in a world of Pinocchios may seem fanciful and whimsical for those disillusioned, disenchanted and fanatical fundamentalists who enjoy seeing Pinocchios attempt to manipulate and subvert the mechanisms and structures of the very government that empowers them with the right to be irresponsible, thoughtless, witless and even racists.  What happens when the Puppet Master decides to pull in the strings and put all his Pinocchios back into his toy box?  Betrayal is neither whimsical nor patriotic. 

It is chilling to live in a Disney nightmare, where dreams die, hope shrivels, rainbows fade into threatening shadows, and Confederate flags and statutes of traitors and conspirators are shielded from the scrutiny of history.

The reality of living in a nation filled with Pinocchios has made living the American Dream a surreal experience, at the very time when we need men and women of substance and character, unhindered by the need to deceive, or betray their oath to “. . . faithfully execute [their office] and . . . to the best of [their] ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  

It has taken the dwarfed mind of rich and power-hungry boys and girls in Congress, who want to live in a fantasy world of their own-making, to make us aware of what we had, and what we’ve lost.

In Disney’s fantasy, in order to become a real boy, Pinocchio had to prove himself brave, truthful and unselfish.  In our real world, our Pinocchios have not proven themselves worthy of becoming the real Congressman or woman, or Senator that America needs, and America demands.  Our Pinocchios are greedy, power and vote-hungry, persistent and incessant liars, and egotistical and narcissistic sociopaths.  They have learned nothing in their time in Congress, but instead, have decimated centuries of American culture and structure.

Disney’s fantasy ends with laughter and tears of joy, while America’s reality of living in a world of Pinocchios is playing out in the broken hearts and shattered souls of those who have lost loved ones to the Corona Virus, and in the scarred and traumatized minds of those marching in our streets seeking equality and the right to breathe free, and in the devasted lives of those forced from their jobs because of the arrogance of power and conceit.

The ending to our Pinocchios story is being written.  But unlike the Disney version, I cannot envision a happy ending.  For in our version, we have all already lost too much, including the dignity and the nobility of our America.  Our nation’s bravery, truthfulness and generosity and graciousness has already been tattered and tarnished.

Not all stories have a happy ending.  Not everybody lives happily ever after. 


Submitted: June 17, 2021

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LE. Berry

Perhaps a truth of many societies world wide?

Fri, June 18th, 2021 7:31pm

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Absolutely -- but not a truth we never thought we would ever see thrive here in the USofA.

Fri, June 18th, 2021 12:44pm

Bert Broomberg

Good essay. Ah, here's the idea of the puppeteer I mentioned in another comment.

Tue, June 29th, 2021 1:55pm

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