^ There is my politics summed up on one quote.
My favorite lesson in history is, without a doubt, the American Revolution. In my opinion, it’s one of the most important events in mankind’s history. That, or this…
Anyway, as I was saying… A slight tax increase on a beverage caused group of mere farmers and businessmen to rise up and defeat the largest empire in the world at the time. Shortly after, we wrote a document that states we can think what we want, say what we want, and own the exact same type of weapons our government has so that we can always keep them in check.
I really couldn’t care less about what goes on in Germany, Denmark, Canada, etc. Those places are always nice to visit, but that’s all they’ll ever be to me. Just nice places to visit. I love America so much because it’s my home. That, and I love the ideals which it was founded upon.
However, I believe this country has entered into some dark times, and it’s either going to take lots of hardship to get out of them, or we may never get out of them. And I don’t blame any single politician or group of people for this problem. I do, however, believe there is a greater force at work, concocted by many politicians, corporations, and media, striving for control, by keeping us divided, as they take more control. And we’re bending over, stretching those cheeks, and letting it happen.
It’s this mindset/way of thinking we’ve developed. A lot of factors play into this (education, media, social media, etc). I want to make this as short and simple as I can, so I’ll go ahead and some it up with some bullet points.
Before you continue, I’m going to issue tr…..tr…..(*throws up in mouth*) trigger warnings. I seriously cringe every time that phrase is used. But yeah, some of this probably applies to you, so be prepared.
This is also an opinion piece. I’ve put citations where I deemed necessary, but it’s mostly a glimpse into society, from my eyes and ears…okay, for real this time, here we go:
– Education has become less about exploring our world, and discovering new ideas. Instead, it’s all about absorbing what your teacher/professor is shoving down your throat, and regurgitating that information on to the exam, without questioning any of it.
– We’re willing to skip out on a damn good chicken sandwich or a nice pair of running shoes, simply because of the opinions of their CEO or advertising department differ from ours.
– We claim to support the constitution our founding fathers fought and died to create, yet become outraged whenever someone exercises one of their rights (Kneeling during the anthem, owning an AR-15, etc).
– We assume that just because OUR politician did it, it was the right thing to do. Or, because it was the guy we didn’t vote for, it has to be wrong. Trump or Obama can literally do anything, and we’ll blindly support it (or condemn it, depending upon the situation), no questions asked.
– We believe that the actions of a few individuals account for the demographic as a whole. This includes cops, illegal immigrants, catholic priests, Muslims, people of color, trump supporters, etc… “Oh, TEN out of the THOUSANDS/MILLIONS of them behave this way? This must mean they ALL do!”
– We blame the crime on the object used, or the group as a whole (as stated above), instead of the individual and their upbringing. At some point in time, we lost our value for human life. Seriously, back in the 50s/60s, there were often ads for firearms. Yet mass shootings were far more rare. Perhaps we’ve made violence all too casual in tv, movies and video games. Or we just stopped teaching everyone to respect human life.
– We blindly follow our biased media, without questioning whatever it’s telling us. We assume that the one article or headline we read contains all the information we need. We’re not willing to read articles that offer new information or a different perspective, in order to protect ourselves from that weird feeling we all get when new, contradictory information is presented to us.
On September 11th, I saw a post that really resonated with me:
Unless we make some changes, I don’t believe we’ll ever see a day like 9/12/01 again. At least not to that extent. There is still some good in this world, but today, many of us would focus on who to blame, or whatever new regulation (infringement on our freedoms) needs to be passed in order to prevent another one from happening again. Some assholes even use it as an excuse to say “Ha! I was right! I told you this would happen!”(Isn’t that sad? Some people actually want bad things to happen, or our leaders to fail, so they can make themselves feel smarter.)
There is still some good in this world, despite what the media may tell you. It’s alive and well. Take the Cajun Navy for example, a group of rednecks from Louisiana with some boats and badass trucks, ORDINARY PEOPLE , NOT GOVERNMENT, going around and rescuing hurricane victims. There are over seven billion people in this world, I hope you will not let the actions of a few bad apples frighten you.
Instead, lead by example, and help spark a positive change in our world. Study the United States Constitution. Greet everyone you see with a smile and a firm handshake. Do something nice for someone every chance you get, whether they’re wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, or have an “I’m With Her” sticker on their car…and if you see a Bernie 2020 sticker, buy them an economics and a history textbook!
The change in this world does not start with who we elect to office, it starts with US!
WE THE PEOPLE!
Thanks everyone! Tune in next time!