These are some of the thoughts that have run barefoot through my mind today …
Bigotry in all its forms is a result of ignorance. We fear that which we do not or cannot understand. Unfortunately, some people are weak and can be easily convinced to fear almost anything. Politicians play on that weakness, hence you have people who are scared of immigrants, scared of LGBTQ+ people, scared of anyone basically who does not act, look, and think as they do. If you are uncomfortable about immigrants, talk to some of them, learn about their culture, try their foods – you won’t regret it. Our neighbors moved here several years ago from Iraq and spoke only about 10 words of English. We communicated through some signing, some Google Translate, laughter and compassion, the language that knows no boundaries. Today, they are our best friends – we have learned a bit of Arabic, they have learned a LOT of English and all 5 family members passed their citizenship tests in 2020. We share meals, laughter and love – I wouldn’t trade that experience for all the money in the world! If you are frightened by LGBTQ+ people, get to know a few, try to understand that who they choose to love really isn’t your business. About half of my friends are LGBTQ+ and they have enriched my life, my understanding, in too many ways to count. But you have to open your minds and your hearts to understand people of other cultures, views and beliefs … if you don’t, you are the one missing out!
Life is what you make of it. A reader commented yesterday that life on earth is hell. Well, admittedly things around the globe are in a dark place right now, but … I don’t think that makes it a hell on earth. That just means we all need to do our part to change things. If you don’t like the stack of dirty laundry piled up in the hallway, you can get off your arse and wash/dry/fold it, or you can spend an equal amount of time sitting around whining about it. Your choice. Don’t like the way the country is being run? Then vote the bastards out and vote in people who are possessed of a conscience, who care about people over profit. Don’t like the price of fuel? Drive less. Wait it out … it will stabilize. If you want to lay blame, put the blame where it belongs – on the oil companies who are raking in record profits. The best thing we the consumers can do, seriously, is to drive less, therefore buying less fuel. Law of supply and demand … when the supply exceeds demand, when oil companies are selling less fuel, miraculously the price will drop. Turn the thermostat down, turn some lights off, and stay home more!
Politicians are like prostitutes … they sell themselves to the highest bidder. They’ll still take your paltry $20 contribution, but you won’t get a damn thing in exchange, for you cannot compete with the millions of dollars they receive from the rich dudes. So, don’t waste your money … give instead to organizations that help feed hungry children or house the homeless. Give to environmental groups that are working toward saving the future of the planet for our children and grandchildren.
Some of the unlikeliest candidates on the ballot this year are puppets. Take, for instance, Herschel Walker. Mr. Walker knows very little outside the sports arena, as he’s shown us nearly every time he’s opened his mouth. He lies, he has no policies, no values, but is saying he stands for whatever his handlers, the puppetmasters, are telling him to say he stands for. What would he do if he won a seat in the U.S. Senate? He would vote in whatever way his handlers told him to. A vote for Herschel Walker is actually a vote for Mitch McConnell who would ‘advise’ Mr. Walker how to act/dress/vote in every circumstance. The same can likely be said for a host of others on the ballot with an ‘R’ next to their name. Whatever happened to the day when candidates had some relevant education and experience?
And finally … let’s remember we’re all on this planet together. We share the same resources, and what happens to one happens to us all. “America First” is nothing but exclusionary trash talk. We need all people in all countries to work together to solve the biggest problems facing us all: the environment and world-wide poverty. There is no “them vs us” — we’re all people. People with flaws, but most of whom care about others enough to change the world, if only we stop allowing ourselves to be ‘led’ by religious leaders and politicians who have their own agendas. Choose peace over hatred & violence. Your grandchildren will one day thank you for it.