Sorry for my absence, for those of you who care. End of the year school activities had me unable to form complete sentences.
A lot of very touchy subjects are in the news spotlight right now. It’s enough to make me want to swear off Facebook and media in general. Everyone is pissed about something. Many are about pissed about everything. Some are pissed about nothing, but I don’t know any of those people. As I’ve constructed my opinion on these matters, whether just in my head or verbalized to my friends who I know will agree with me, the conclusion I’ve come to is that I’m pretty laid back about everything. Or just too lazy to be really passionate about any one of these topics. I have opinions, and I like to express them, but they aren’t always based on years of research, or some staunchly held religious belief. I just think them because I do. I have some rationales, but not always. I generally don’t try to persuade people to my side of the fence, so I think it’s ok to just have an opinion. In any case…
#1-Gay Marriage-or as you’ve heard some call it, “Marriage” Truth is I can’t say anything smart that you haven’t already heard in the past week since SCOTUS made their ruling. I think it’s just fine and dandy if homosexuals want to get married. It doesn’t bother me one bit. Not in a religious sense, not in a political sense, not in a sexual sense, not in any sense. Some will say I have no sense. And I’m ok with that. My religion does think being homosexual is a sin, although we don’t exactly talk about it much. It was a 5 paragraph article on the 4th page of the quarterly national newsletter. The equivalent of “Cat Show Spectacular in Tuscaloosa” news coverage. I don’t agree. Plain and simple. I think God made homosexuals just they way they are and they deserve the legal benefits of a binding marriage contract.
#2-Sub-text of #1 Gay Marriage opinion-I also think homosexual couples should be allowed to adopt children. The homosexuals couples I know that are raising children are doing a bang up job. Whereas on the other hand, I’ve witnessed some seriously fucked up heterosexuals doing their best, yet pathetic, version of a sideshow act of parenting I’ve ever seen. I’m not saying sterilization should be legal…but I have a really long list of those who should be first in line should it ever come to that. Lots of unwanted children out there, give them a loving parent, gay or straight, and they have a fighting chance in this world.
#3 Confederate Flag nonsense-Stop flying it over government buildings like a badge of honor. Otherwise, leave it be. We can’t rewrite or make disappear all the shitty history we’d rather forget. We don’t have to worship former symbols of hatred, but rather teach what was and learn to be better. And Dukes of Hazard rules!
#4 Gun Violence- We own a handgun and several WWII display rifles. I hate all the gun violence that rips families apart on a daily basis across our country (not just Detroit, folks…). It shames me that our country’s price for our right to bear arms is such tragedy. Like the war on drugs, I’m fairly certain there is not an answer to this question that will EVER work. Law abiding citizens will never give up their right to lawfully own guns while criminals will abuse that right and kill innocent people. It just makes me sad.
#5 Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy-refer to previous statement about sterilization.
#6 Rob Stark being killed off on Game of Thrones-The red headed witch lady better bring him back to life next season or someone is gonna be in a world of hurt.
#7 USA Women’s Soccer Team-They won the World Cup in glorious fashion! Being a soccer household, of course we were watching, but I know plenty of non-soccer freaks that also were engrossed. Win for the sport, win for the ladies, win for USA!
So here is where I leave you today. There will be friends and family who disagree with my opinions, and that’s perfectly ok with me. They of course are entitled to their opinions as much as I am. My opinions are not up for debate any more than theirs are. What these hotly discussed issues have brought to the forefront of my mind is that I need to be as respectful of those who I feel are on the “wrong” side of the fence, as I expect them to be of me. And in that vein, what I’ve found that works is seriously just to stop reading. I get sucked into the comments on a Facebook post, full of “racist bastards, sodomites, faggots, gun toting rednecks” and verbiage that makes me seethe with anger.
The vehemence and name calling and attacks and fury and outrage is just exhausting. I have trouble enough getting my Keurig power button not to stick, this shit is too much for me. I hate the fact that I lay in bed last night unable to sleep due to swirling thoughts of the widespread, ongoing and irrational reactions to these issues. So I step away. And the truth is, I can’t change them, and arguing with them sure isn’t going to get me anywhere. So respect. Or at least blissful ignorance. Can’t we all just get along?
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.” –John Lennon