Friday, November 20, 2015

Where’s my soapbox?

Ah. Here it is. One sec. *steps up and clears throat* If you don’t like ranty Chrissy, please excuse yourself. Go on. Shoo. I won’t be mad. Promise. GTFO. There you go. Ok, Bye! That’s better. Hello to the rest of you! It’s been a little bit since I blogged. So here’s just a quick rant. I gotta get it out. Pardon me… 

Whatever you want to call it, it has no place in our world anymore. It never really did but I like to think we simply didn’t know any better. Ignorance is bliss and all that. It was part of a primal defense mechanism that has long since lost its value. Now we know what it is. We know what it looks like, what it feels like. We can identify it and stop it in its tracks before it causes harm. Unspeakable and immeasurable harm. This thing has cost us, as a species, countless lives. Think about it. No, I want you to stop. Just stop. And think about it. A state of mind has cost us human life. Destroyed families. Has left people heartbroken or alone or both. How does this happen? How can a way of thinking kill people? How could we allow such a travesty to occur? We are intelligent, complex, unique, and beautiful creatures. Yet we have let this thing consume us, change us, and compel us. 

I’m talking about discrimination and prejudice. *adjusts footing on soapbox* In the rawest sense. Hate mingled with disgust and justified by the numbers who agree. The collective efforts of racism, sexism, religious prejudice, and homophobia. Along with all the prejudices of otherness that plague our society on an appalling scale. Some people are even discriminatory against disabilities. DISABILITIES for fuck’s sake. What. The. Fuck. Also, how dare you? 

How in the actual fuck do people feel ok about looking at someone, picking something that differs from their own selfness, and hating that person for it? Do you know how ridiculous that seems? How could you hate a person, based on something so inconsequential, to the point of verbal harassment or physical violence? I’m having trouble comprehending how this occurs, please tell me. 

*Clears throat for dumb-dumb Neanderthal voice* “You’re different from me. You must die now.” “You’re a boy and you like boys, so I fucking hate you.” “We have different color…everything. Hate you.” “My god is better than your god. Ha-ha.” DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW RIDICULOUS THIS IS? Fucking idiots. 

One Christian does not represent all of Christianity. One Muslim does not represent the entire religious body of people in practice. One white guy doesn’t speak for all of them. One black woman does not represent the entirety of her race and/or gender. One stuck up white girl wielding a Starbucks redcup and daddy’s credit card from uptown wherever isn’t an accurate mouthpiece for all the rest. 

Yes, we learn from our experiences and interactions with others. We take that information and try to take appropriate actions when we encounter similar situations. I get it. But enough with the fucking stereotyping. It is necessary that it ends now. We’re smart enough to know that everyone is different. No one individual is a representation of their entire race, gender, religion, general world ideation, or sexual orientation. It’s ridiculous and shameful that we still think like this. 

This blog is sparked by, and meant to address, the overwhelming amount of ignorance I’ve been seeing and reading about since the heinous and deplorable Paris attacks. Muslims are not responsible for the people that lost their lives that day. The collection of people that coordinated and carried out those horrific attacks are the ones responsible. They may claim to be and do things in the name of the Islamic faith, but they do not represent Muslims as a whole. The prejudice and discrimination against the Islamic religion, and those who practice it, needs to end. We are smarter than that. We are better than that. The actions that a person takes are a representation of that individual. Nothing more. The end. 

Since when is it ok to hate an entire group of people based on one person’s actions? 

Jeffery Dahmer was a white guy from Wisconsin. He ate people. Does that mean all the white guys from the Midwest should be drawn and quartered? Mmmm, I’d say probably not. 

Kim Davis (in case you missed it, here’s her wiki - ) denied marriage licenses to gay couples based on her own Christian beliefs. She was both celebrated and condemned for her actions. Does this mean all Christians are hateful, hypocritical, crackpots? Definitely not. 

Mother Teresa spent her life making the world a better place. She strived to spread love and good intentions wherever she went. Does that mean every old woman is going to love you and be all nice and shit? No! There are some mean old bitches out there! 

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prevailing force in the civil rights movement in the 50’s and 60’s until his atrocious assassination in 1968. Does that mean that we are destined to put out every light that shines through the veils of hate we create to divide ourselves? I certainly hope not. 

Is it so hard to see that the prejudice and discrimination that plagues our world is unjust, barbaric, and a prehistoric ideation that needs to end? Why does it still exist? It’s counterproductive and must be snuffed out. I hope our advances in technology leading to the realization of global communication helps to impact this disease that has been passed down to us. We are one world. We will always always always have our differences. Forever. It just is. Why are people still using that as justification for hateful actions? Diversity isn’t going anywhere. It’s just not. There will always be people different from you or me. It’s impossible to escape. Things will always change, it’s part of evolution. Have you not noticed? And you’re still letting it bother you? You’re a moron and you need to focus your energy and time on something that matters. Contribute to making the world better or GTFO. Seriously. Don’t waste your time fighting change, progression, or all the otherness that makes our world such a beautiful place to be. You’ll lead a wasted life. When you could be leading a good one. A beautiful one. A life filled with happiness and laughter, good food and good friends, smiles and joyful tears. If you choose to breed hate, I have no time or pity for you. I will not interfere with you, but I cannot love you. I can’t even feel sorry for you. Also, you suck. End rant. 

*hops off soap box*

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."- Mother Teresa