It’s Monday, and I’m under the assumption that you all utterly hate this day of the week. Your weekend ended, you didn’t get everything accomplished that you planned on, and you’re all headed back to work.
I’m also sure that 100% of you have had it with the political posts; whether they be in support of the current events or not. I’m here to bring you some good news surrounding all of this.
As you are most likely done with all of the rants, the person who lives next door to you probably is too, so there’s something you have in common.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because lately, I’ve felt as though I live in an alternate universe, one that is rather small and insignificant; one that everyone knows about, but wants nothing to do with.
As I’ve scanned through my social media accounts, I can’t help but feel a little queazy. I can’t help but read and read, hoping for a resolution to my endless questions and inquiries. I can’t help but feel so sorry for myself…it’s clear to me that I know nothing.
I feel dejected that I’m not lucky enough to have all the answers. I’m jealous of all of you who have the world figured out; so much so that you’ve selflessly taken it upon yourselves to enlighten those less fortunate with your unyielding wisdom through the godsend that is the comment threads. I feel insignificant because my opinions are mine alone. Worst of all…I feel so foolish as I had no idea that opinions were not allowed anymore.
So here is where I’ll say thank you. Thank you for making me feel so blessed that I have permanent residence in my near desolate universe. The universe where there is a distinction between facts and opinions, where the latter is welcomed with open arms, and an open mind. Where other people matter, and we spend more time discussing the things we have in common than the things we do not. I like my universe.
Yeah yeah I know, I “need to step into the real world”. I appreciate your concern for my well being, but I must say; I spend plenty of time in the real world…but if anger, and hatred; humiliation and degradation, disrespect and vulgarness are essential elements of this “real world” than I’d rather not be a part of that world.
There’s no doubt about it, we all have one thing in common, and that’s that we all feel some sort of way about the recent events that have taken place in our country. In the universe I live in, the fact that our feelings are different is okay. Here when someone says “we are all entitled to our own opinion” they actually mean we, not me.
There is a massive and crucial difference between those two words, and it’s even more important in that sentence. One says you accept and appreciate all points of view; the other says you say you do, but really only mean yours or those similar to yours.
One great philosopher said “if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” Okay, so it wasn’t a great philosopher, but it was Walt Disney’s version of Pocahontas. Was it an accurate interpretation of events, no; but the quote is still quite fitting. I have no intention of judging anyone. I don’t believe that my ideas are any more right than yours, I simply feel like it’s important that I put this out there.
Most of us have no idea what the hell the word opinion means. We certainly think we do, and we most definitely preach about how we all have them. However, if we actually knew, we wouldn’t be participating in the never ending political battles that have plagued our world. The fact is, most of what is happening are people fighting over who’s opinions are right and if I may interject; that’s utterly insane to try and decide upon.
We are humans. As humans we are different. We live different lives, have different values, smell different, walk different, talk different. Really, the only things we do the same are blink and s**t; involuntarily and out our assholes.
At the end of the day, we will never agree on everything.
We also cannot expect the other side to stop preaching about something they are passionate about; whether you like ideology or not. You cannot expect them to stay silent, just as they cannot expect that from you. You both have an extreme amount of passion…and that is a wonderful quality, whether I agree with your viewpoints or not.
I’m all for pleasant discussions and kind back and forths. Personally, I think life would be fairly dull without it. What I have a hard time seeing, is when this turns into brutal battles targeting people because they believe differently. I can’t tell you the amount of times this week I’ve seen so many contradicting and dare I say it, hypocritical posts. Posts slamming others for their beliefs and how they share them, posts about why I’m right and you’re wrong, posts about how “inhumane” or “unnatural” someone is.
I’ve seen countless ones claiming: “I’m entitled to my opinions, and if you don’t like it stfu” typed in all caps as if that makes their lack of appreciation for someone else’s’ any more okay. I’ve seen these exact people preaching about their deserved opinions, spewing out insults to others like they’ve got “diarrhea of the mouth” as my old music teacher would phrase it. Isn’t your ranting about others ranting counterproductive?
One thing I feel confused about, and this is the most political I’ll get; is since when were the words “liberals” and “conservatives” used as insults? I’m unsure of when Merriam Webster defined these terms with a negative connotation. If there is no existence of this, then why are we using them as if they are perfect insults?
What the hell happened to “do unto others”?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware that many of you fit into one of these and some of you loathe the other sides’ beliefs; but since when did that change the way they are meant to be used? They were never meant to be insults yet somehow we’ve made them into that.
Somewhere along the way, we have lost the line between opinions and facts. We have somehow abandoned reason, and declared ourselves rulers of knowledge. We’ve decided that we know everything, and anyone else with different beliefs, anyone who has lived a different life, or made different choices is all of a sudden unimportant. They play no role in humanity, and have no say in what happens in the world. They are merely tiny, trivial parts that hinder your plan for the perfect world; one that without them, you’d certainly have.
We’ve lost our humanity, and our respect for our fellow humans.
So, I will remain in my unrealistic, dreamist universe where I have the freedom to preach about my passions and talk about what I believe in without fear of being shunned. I’ll stay in my universe where you and I could possibly have coffee and talk about the new movie that just came out, or the book you think I’d like to read. I for one, would rather live here than in this other universe.
I hope you choose to cross over into my universe; I will certainly welcome you here.