I think it would be a great time for Ashevilleans (or Ashevaliens) to reflect on the condition of our society.
It’s obvious, being in Asheville for any period of time, that the people here get along with each other on a deeper level than other places in the South. The feeling of “being here for a reason” is rampant.
Sadly, intoxication and poverty are also rampant. Not that I’m a fascist by any stretch of the imagination—anyone who knows me can tell you that. What I’m suggesting is that habits we all indulge ourselves with (whether they be drugs, bars, religion, money, power and yes, even music) will only perpetuate the status quo and are not unique in any way. From the outside, one can see only see selfishness and confusion that continues to drive wedges in our community in every way, while the world around us is bought and sold.
We need to be free to experience all degrees of consciousness without being corralled like livestock. In a time when extreme Orwellian doctrines abound, we should consider that groupthink has historically had a damaging effect. We will never be the change we want the world to see if we can’t think clearly. All power to the people! Thanks, Mountain Xpress.
— Dallas Taylor