In Stephen King’s wonderful novel ‘Black House’ (the second book of a two book Talisman series), he discusses the concept of slippage. A quaint term he used to describe the tendency for people, who desperately want to hold onto at least an ‘illusion of normality’, even when that is no longer possible. Slippage is like standing in the house known as ‘Rose Red’. A dwelling that appears to be OK at first glance but which is, in point of fact, quite insane. Some of us can perceive slippage rather well. Others of us are totally blind to it. Blind that is, until the pressure of forces beyond our control crash down around our heads and thrust us into a new and sometimes disturbing reality.
Here in the United States slippage is going on in full force for those of us with clear and penetrating sight. You can see it in the eyes of the people on the streets around you. No one wants to look too closely at anything anymore. Rather they sidle up to it, preferring a quick glance from the corners of their eyes. After all, a mere glance affords one a good feeling of normality without having to risk the queasiness that might come with true vision . (Something that can be said to be especially valid for some politicians who stumble about the great halls of Congress). Those who regard these individuals, in even just a cursory manner, cannot ever ever see what they are really up to.
Closer to home, I’ve begun to see evidence of ‘things that are not quite right’. Shelves at grocery stores that are no longer filled, apps line the one for McDonald’s online purchases quitting, closed shops, air stations that no longer work. Well, you get the idea.
Yes, even while slippage seems to now be in full force, many of us are still walking the daily walk, never having to deal with or perceive the foul visual stench that has become much of our government….