Excerpt from Chapter 6 - A past love tugs on Marceline's Heart.

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   "…This location is so beautiful Sarah; could we please sit here; I want to fantasize about a world of dream boats and debonair men for just a few precious moments."
  "Why not dream on forever, Marceline; on the other hand, I'm telling you that what you are doing is not good for your psyche. Besides, you don't want to get wrinkles thinking about rejecting Jacob and obsessing over Darôk. Your dream boat will come along as it happens and when the time is right."
   "But I need something glorious to happen to me before settling down to business world, Sarah."
   "Grand occasions occur all the time; mostly we don't feel that they are such. It doesn't need to be super-special, Marceline, Darôk will love you and care for you. Therefore, enjoy your dreamy visions of loving him under a Caribbean moon, and let any hint of forgotten male bimbos like Jacob fade, as they will into the shadows."
   "Well, Jacob wasn't a total jerk Sarah; he was just a strange sort of a narrow-vision spaz in training. You know as well as I that my problems with Jacob, as festering as they were during our 2016 Mediterranean trip, got worse after we returned to New York. Everything about our one-sided romance was tolerable until that fall when he went back to NYU."
   "You don't really believe college or university can change a person's outlook on life; do you Marceline?"
   "I most certainly do, Sarah; of course if a student is strong in heart and mind, that person might have a chance. But Jacob was caught in the web of his teachers' leftist approaches to life and bought whole package of their illogical and fuzzy thinking about politics. He was swamped with the idea that socialist liberalism is the only way to live."
   "Is possible, Marceline, that in Jacob's naiveté he believed his frat boy nonsense instead of thinking things through?'
 "Yes, Marceline, you've hit the nail right on its head. Being naive and impressionable had nothing to do with his acceptance of their ideas; basically, it was a case of collective survival and his acceptance by an in fashion group. Actually, if you think about it, Sarah, being left-leaning is not liberal in the classical sense; rather it is narrow, dominating thinking."
   "From my experience in the arts, young liberals are the worst, Marceline; you should see what I must put up with in acting classes and in amateur theater groups. They have transmuted a fascist hegemony of Nineteenth-Century German imperialist ilk into anarchistic and socialist thought control. Rational thinking is frowned upon, and they will hurt you for your effort, but if you suggest ideas that border on ludicrous or something against conservative ideas, your opinion is approved by the group and accepted as humane."
   A quizzical look crossed Marceline's face, as she asked Sarah, "How does anyone get anything done in those groups? Do you think it true that they tolerate no other viewpoints but their own liberal line."
  "Yes I do, Marceline, actually, they don't do, they just tell everyone that they do. That's what is great about social academia; you don't need to produce anything. I actually had a guy in my theater group crying like a baby when I asked him to do a difficult part in a play at Agerstone. Here is a warning; if you encounter liberals in a social context, just don't bare your soul and proclaim, America is or can be great; they will scream nonsensical communist diatribes at you and have fits. Say things that praises right wing activities or patriotic thought as little as possible Marceline; America seems to be a foreign country to those folks."

   "Based on our family's views of what it takes to be a true American, any liberal organization would throw Uncle Phillípe, my brother Rôméo, my Poppâ and me out the door in a New York minute."
  "It's a shame Marceline; the greatest country in the world and most of its citizens are muzzled for their beliefs by a small group of sophisticated malcontents who try to make a bad cause, minor event or anarchic activity seem like the most important moral course of action the world has ever seen. These sophisticates imagine injustice resides around every corner; such as thinking, environmental justice is the cure for all of Nature's ills."
  "I know Sarah, and mankind is the cause of it; just like AGW or anthropogenic global warming. We call that being intellectual and scholarly narrow, Sarah. I wish you luck with Gabriella Wentworth and her off-Broadway production crew."
  "Oh, no worry mate, she is a right-winger from the Goldwater and Reagan days. Gabriella has much power in New York City, nobody messes with her."
  "Wow; that is a revelation; the question then remains; Sarah, how does she get anything done, on or off Broadway?"

"No worry there mate; she is definitely a strong person and great director, and she will let you know about it if she thinks you are about to cross her…"

 

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