This world is beyond repair— mass shootings, divided politics, unchecked racism litter newsprint— I'm exhausted. People are selfish. If it doesn't benefit them— especially financially— why should they care, why would they sacrifice? We are all damned, awaiting the trumpet sound to trigger fire raining from the sky. I light a cigarette, take a drag, then exhale and flick ash onto the front-page headline: "POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN ROAD RAGE SHOOTING THAT PUT NINE-YEAR-OLD IN HOSPITAL." People are beyond saving. How much longer will we watch the world burn before it's cleansed?
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