I wake up every day in the same bed, with the same stupid, self-deprecating thoughts. These thoughts range from very specific interpersonal events right on up to dialogues that encompass our societies as a whole. Maybe it is just me, but, it seems like there is an extreme cognitive dissonance that is growing in this world. Just look at our political systems. Collusion and special interest groups have replaced transparency and the democratic process. The media, and news especially, run stories that fit into their own political and economic agendas. The disinformation spread by social media is a plague on the conscious observer. How are we to make informed, coherent decisions within this system? It all seems so hopeless. Again, maybe this is just the rambling of a broken mind. Perhaps, this is a waking nightmare that I paint every day. The thought that I might wake up from this one day is comforting. Today, I can't shake the feeling. Thank you for taking the time to read these shambles.