"Tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love."

2012-11-26 17:19

The slogan or philosophy  that forms the basis of this article - “Tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love" was the longest running title of Lois Long’s column.  Long was what is called socialite and the founding columnist of the New Yorker Magazine. She was a social columnist of the New Yorker from 1925 up until 1968 when she retired: that is full uninterrupted 43 years of dedicated column writing.  Her views about life in general have contributed immensely in shaping today’s mores. Today it may seem that the name Lois Long is not a classic household name, but Lois Long is definitely well known within cultural and humanities think tanks. She is referenced in cultural relativist journals as a person who let a long effective crusade against accepted established traditional values and social fabrics.

Back in the 1920s Lois Long was appealing to a small group of readers in the dark corners of America’s life. She was directing her writings to flappers. The word flapper was taken from a bat flapping in darkness enjoying the darkness. A bat is a bird that flaps in darkness, it enjoys night life. Bats are birds but they look like rats in actual fact they are flying rats.

Because of the life that she wrote about – Lois Long was always writing under pseudonyms. She never revealed who she was – people read her articles not knowing who in person is behind those articles.

And so Lois Long’s column was directed at the flappers. The flappers were those sought of people who were complaining about God and in general America’s strict values and standards based on the Bible. They wanted to be free to flapper around without any restrictions or moral standards as expressed in the Ten Commandments which were the moral standards of America as America was a Christian country. Even today if you visit the United States Supreme Court you will find the Ten Commandments emblazoned on the walls. So the flappers were rebels. They enjoyed darkness – night life of parties and drunkenness that were denounced broadly in America. And Lois Long through her column consoled these people that it is not wrong to live this sought of life of darkness. Her slogan in every article was: “Go on:  tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love."

Today we are not talking of flappers in the dark corners of the world. The mainstream social and accepted life of today is composed of flappers who live the slogan of Lois Long openly:  "Tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love." Today in the modernized world it seems there are no ultimate strict standards of conduct and behavior that descend from God that we should respect with fear and trembling.

We are living in an overly permissive excessively loose tolerant nothing is wrong attitudes. This is the life that is celebrated in newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio programs. This hedonistic life is so entrenched in the hearts of people to an extent that anyone who publicly expresses concern for decency invites assaults and scorn. Any expression of concern for solid values is mocked and ridiculed. That is what life and enjoyment means today. It is whatever feels good should not be restricted. That is the underlying dimension of most of the aberrant behavior going on in the lives of people today.

The nucleus and central life is flapping, parties, social gatherings and so on seeking fun. It is fun – fun is the word derived from being funny – is funny living people are attracted to. It is enjoying life:  "Tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love." Back in the 1920s that life was condemned and cursed broadly – but today it is celebrated – appreciated and all people are fighting hard to get into it – to have fun.

Lois Long’s articles infused the world with a dark energy of sexiness and fashions. I am not implying that, that darkness was not there but she brought it to the open public en masse through her long running column. We are right now experiencing that dark wave in every facet of life. There is no conscience about it anymore. Whenever conscience rise up inside to voice its approval, speaking against this sought of life reason rise up and say: but this is fun, this is pleasure: "Tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love" until conscience inside is no longer speaking just keeping quiet. But death and time of reckoning is coming.

In the public it seems one is reluctant to demonstrate that certain things are wrong. We think the highest ideal is simply to teach people how to love one another and get along. That may sound good. A lot of wrong things sound good and what this mean in practice is that even things like anal sex are now accepted. Today loving one another does not just mean “loving”. It means being forced to accept as normal those sordid lifestyles that are absolutely abnormal.

The collar to this is that self restraint and patience have also been consciously discarded in the all-out pursuit of fun and “freedom” and hedonism. The result has been widespread single-parent child rearing, poverty, and an increasingly dysfunctional society. Glorifying single-parenting – unwed motherhood and casual sex is shibboleth, deviant and hideous. Today, in particular the black communities (more so in the professional middle class), the symphonies of unwed motherhood have reached a mind numbing crescendo. Why are these things happening? Why are these things celebrated? Divorce and out of wedlock children are transforming the world not for the better. Those things in the real normal world are basically and simply wrong. There is no point to turn them into critical inquiry or discourse about their meaning.

The things that we used to find repugnant are now accepted and celebrated. Let us face it, there are things in life that every decent person with common sense and normal natural conscience knows are wrong. And on the other hand there are things almost everybody understands they are absolutes right and comprises uprightness. But today people seem to think that should not matter. It is horrifying to realize that a pattern has developed and has crystallized here that one can only be attributed to a genuine pathology of psycho-social imbalance emanating from a dearth of conscience.

It is a feel good world! A pleasure and fun living world! A world where fun and pleasure are the most powerful gods worshipped by all participants: “Tomorrow we may die, so let's get drunk and make love"!

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