I can see the conductor now, leaning out the doorway of one of the passenger cars as he scans the crowded platform below. His head shakes in amazement and his lips are twisted in a sardonic grin. He can’t believe so many people are still falling for it—but as long as he keeps getting a paycheck, he’ll be happy to herd them all onto the train like so many unsuspecting cattle. Hundreds, thousands, even millions of people are pushing and shoving one another in a frenzied rush to join all the others—as if this was the last train out of town before disaster strikes!
But this train isn’t really going anywhere and the disaster they’re all fleeing is really just a cruel figment of someone’s imagination. Not one of them realizes it, but they’re all clamoring to climb on board for an ill-fated trip on the Drama Train.
We see its mad rush every day—in our personal relationships or in our day-to-day interactions with people at school, work, or elsewhere. And we certainly see it on so-called social media and television. Everyone has their latest fears, worries, troubles, or gossip to spread, for misery does indeed love company!
Isn’t it amazing to see how everyone seems to be under such incredible pressure to be somewhere, be somebody they’re really not, or do something, anything, in fact, because there aren’t enough hours in the day—or so they say? We’re so pressured to achieve something that every minute has to be occupied. We’re constantly prodded into spending the last of our hard-earned dollars or going into debt to buy what we’re told are the latest “must-have” in personal adornments, techno-baubles, and distracto-gadgets.
Some may be thinking, “But what about all those wonderful hours we spend relaxing in front of the TV? After all, we can kick back and be entertained—right in the comfort of our very own homes. Surely that’s time well spent!” Hmmm. If one can honestly call a multitude of cleverly disguised, manipulative sales pitches interspersed with shows that put down, divide, frustrate, and promote conflict as being worthwhile, then I suppose that’s right. But between the news, with its focus on violence, crime, disaster, poverty, illness, partisanship, lack, and fear, violent sports contests, and “reality” competition shows where people habitually snipe, snub, and backstab one another—all for the sake of self-gratification, celebrity status, “bragging rights”, or outright monetary gain, I’d say that they’re all just taking another ride on the Drama Train.
Unfortunately, too many people don’t see the train for what it is—a one-way trip to global and self-destruction. If you’ve ever seen one of those old western films where the train plunges off a collapsed bridge and into the chasm below, then you’ve seen exactly where this train is headed. And no matter which way you turn, you’ll find these trains and their stations everywhere. They’re just waiting for everyone to clamber on. But don’t worry—the ride’s absolutely free and there are always plenty of seats!
The good news is that people are finally waking up. More and more are realizing that they’ve been controlled, fooled, tricked, and even hypnotized into believing that they need to be going wherever the Drama Train goes. They’ve been trained to fear the unknown and expect the worst. They’ve learned that they must fight against everything and compete against everyone if they are to ever achieve the success they want or the things they’ve been told they need. And most of all, they’ve been conditioned to just be “one of the crowd”—that they need to fit in and conform, at all costs. After all, there’s safety in numbers, isn’t there? And if everyone else is doing it, then it must be the right thing to do.
So please, hop aboard if you’re so inclined! Everyone is free to make their own choices and whichever choice you make will be the right one for you. And if you find yourself already on the train and having second thoughts about it, then no worries—just get off! But if you do decide to get back on later, I can guarantee there’ll be plenty of opportunities to do so—and I won’t judge you, either way.
As for me, I’d much rather walk. It’s much slower to be sure, but there’re lots of sights to see and interesting experiences to have along the way. And I won’t have to be concerned with crowds, deadlines, or collapsing bridges. No, this is one train that’s clearly not for me.
Uh, oh. Looks like this train’s about to leave. The conductor’s checking his list and it looks like he’s not too happy with the fact that there are still some empty seats. If you’re going, you’d best get aboard now!
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