Bigfoot, Bringing Us All Together
It would be so easy to lose heart these days. It seems we as a country are more divided than ever. But then I remind myself, we survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights struggle, Vietnam, the Cold War. We will survive the little orange dictator, too, and the vast reserves of disgruntled bluecollar anger he has tapped into (anger that needs to be addressed but not exploited). Even so, it can get depressing if one spends any time at all on social media or watching the news. Such division, such rancor, such petty squabbling. What we need right now is someone we can all get behind, someone who can bring us all together, regardless of our ideological differences. What we need is BIGFOOT!
I was thrilled when, while checking out the latest email newsletter from one of my favorite websites ROADSIDEAMERICA.COM, I discovered a brief interview with David Bakara, proprietor of EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT in Cherry Log, Georgia (which I visited a few months ago and chronicled here), in which he suggests that Bigfoot can unify the country and help foster concord and good will. “I went looking for Bigfoot, and instead I found myself,” Bakara said, echoing what so many of us monster hunters have experienced. “In the Bigfoot world, we all trust each other,” he said. “We find out we’re all decent people.” Can a shared love of Bigfoot and other monsters help us to see past our political conflicts and just celebrate each other as Americans and as human beings? Sure sounds good to me.