I'm bothered by the fact that I don't know more about history. I was making lunch plans with a friend and he suggested a restaurant that closed at two. I never eat there but I knew it closed at two. Why do I know that but I know nothing about the civil war? It's not that I'm not interested or wasn't taught about the civil war; it just didn't stick in my mind. So why did this restaurants business hours stick in my mind? It's not like I love restaurants or obsess over the hours they open. Maybe I remembered that one because a restaurant closing at 2 is such an odd hour to close. As I'm writing this I'm trying to think about some fact I know about the civil war. I know they used bayonets and they had to fill their rifles with gunpowder after every bullet fired. But I can't remember the important parts. The who, what, when, where, why. Was the civil war the one with Paul Revere and the red coats? God, I feel like an idiot! This should be common knowledge! This is important shit to know! Anyway, Eggs N Things closes at 2.
I am mournful today knowing that war will not only fail to dismantle terrorism--it will not address the root sources of terrorism nor prevent the growth of existing or new terrorism. And it is almost guaranteed that it will incite more terrorist action--please tell me if I'm missing something in our recent history but when has any warfare succeeded to dismantle terrorism and halt it to insignificance?
And consequently, we will learn of more deaths of innocent people, more fuel added to the fire of Islamophobia that will cause more pain to brown-skinned/Muslim/Arab-looking people punished for the ignorance, racism, cowardliness and hatred of those who are white and western, who feel so powerless and faithless they cannot bear the thought of seeing goodness and fondness in our darker skinned brothers and sisters because extremists exist in the world.
I think of my brothers and sisters around the world who fear their lives already and now fear it more. I think of the grieving, the healing, the educating, the unlearning, the legacy of work that will never finished being done as we dig our collective debts of humanity deeper and deeper. I think of how devastating every day has been for those living in countries where terrorism has claimed the lives of the innocent frequently, not once.
And I pray that the people in power change up their game quick. Because over a decade ago Al-Qaeda was announced as a major threat, then ISIS and Boko Haram...has going to war stopped terrorism, reduced it, made the world feel safer? Oh yeah, and the govt is probably flagging this shit because we don't have that security anymore either. I hope Hollande and his govt know what they're doing but I'm not very optimistic...
Life can sometimes be a very difficult experience for people to go through, for many different reasons, and I think that everyone should try to encourage other people in a positive way, instead of being unkind, or bullying them. I believe that saying good and positive things to each other, and telling people something you like about them can make people feel happy, and maybe help them to feel better in moments when they may feel unsure about themselves. I think lifting people up in a positive way, and letting others know that they are valuable and worthwhile is very good to do. I don't think people encourage and lift up others in a good and positive way enough in this world.
You know what I'm sick of? I'm sick and tired of people deciding for other people what is acceptable to believe and think. I'm sick of people calling other people "hateful" or "bigoted" if they disagree with the other person's point of view or beliefs.
I'm tired of weak-minded people who, because they can't elucidate their own beliefs, end an argument by crying prejudice or bigotry.
I'm sick of political correctness in all its forms. Why can one person or group say something revolting and no one objects, yet if another person or group says something objectionable they are publicly castigated.
We live in a time where public discourse doesn't exist. Only certain privileged people can speak their mind. And even fewer people take the time to understand their own belief system, or more importantly, that of other people.
A free society doesn't allow lives to be ruined over political/social differences. We've lost the freedom of expression in this country. I'm sick over the fact that not enough people seem to care.
I hate the fact that our government is run by people who have no understanding of the next generation of creative individuals and our different minds. It feels like in the short passing of a decade there is no understanding of how we think , act or simply live. The next generation of adults is not meant to live or work in the same way as previous generations. The fact that we are constantly pushed to do things in a way that we do not want to, need to, or would be happy to learn if not forced, is the most frustrating thing on this planet. Hopefully societies and governments and the previous generations will realize life changes , traditions can change & change is a good thing.
Did you notice that the dollar bill used in the progressive insurance commercial is a "Counterfeit" It's true! The next time you watch on TV try & read the writing on the bill.
"I'm giving up on Tinder...this last girl I met just got out of a halfway house!" - Hayden Fongheiser