Raging against the Dying of… Humanity

Posted on | October 12, 2017 | 3 Comments

First, I am angry.

Then, I am sad.

Eventually, I make my way back to angry again and I sit there, soaking in the sweat of my disappointment and rage.

How did we get here? As a country. How?

It’s not just about “respecting the flag” or “locker room talk” or Hollywood moguls and presidential candidates taking advantage of hopeful starlets and pretty women. It’s not just about a President using social media to insult other politicians, or split media factions painting stories in red and blue with nothing in between. It’s about…

it’s about…

What the hell is it about, you guys?

Is it that white males are feeling the press of equal rights, encroaching on their happy world of privilege? Is it that men in general are wanting to exert that last gasp of power? That push to say “we’re here, we’re stronger, get used to it?” Are they mad that women and people of varying shades of skin tone are in greater numbers in the work force?

I’m sick to my stomach with the hypocrisy of it all… the anger over a black man quietly protesting for the sake of his community vs. the shrug and sigh of “accidents happen” when yet another black man or woman is shot by a police officer. Where is the anger over a man saying he can grab any woman’s genitalia or kiss anyone he wants? Is it hiding behind Hilary Clinton’s emails? Is that why we’re mad about them?

It’s not liberal and conservative, people. It’s not. You can say that it is all you want, but it isn’t.

It’s common decency and respect for the lives of people and their right to say “No” vs. What, exactly? What do you stand for? Do you stand for “The Flag” or do you stand for “I hate professional athletes or singers or actors disagreeing with my politics.” Because if what you stand for is “The Flag” then you do know that these protests aren’t about the flag or the anthem, and were NEVER intended to be disrespectful toward the military, right? Do you stand against Harvey Weinstein and what he did to young women? Or do you stand for Donald Trump and his boastful bragging about groping unwilling women whenever he wants.

What. Do. You. Stand. For?

Me?

I stand for humanity. In all it’s colors and shapes and genders and orientations and ages. If a portion of humanity is hurting, then it has my attention and my devotion to doing whatever I can to make it better. Because that’s what we should be doing. As citizens of this gorgeous planet we’re slowly killing. People are hurting here. In the world. In America. Because the force in charge, the status quo, the 50-70 something white male who runs most of our media and politics and movie studios and hell, everything… that force is pushing away instead of pulling in.

Don’t be that force.

Don’t push away the people who are hurting.

Pull them in. Embrace them. Listen to them.

Because if you don’t? Don’t kid yourself.

YOU are the problem.

Comments

3 Responses to “Raging against the Dying of… Humanity”

  1. Kelster
    October 13th, 2017 @ 4:57 pm

    Quote of the day!
    “Where is the anger over a man saying he can grab any woman’s genitalia or kiss anyone he wants? Is it hiding behind Hilary Clinton’s emails?”

  2. Lola M.
    October 13th, 2017 @ 10:47 pm

    Amen. I wish I could stop this painful downward spiral. Stop all the noise in everyone’s heads and hearts with one well delivered, impactful sentence. We all need quiet so we will see that there is something else at play here and we’d best turn around and look it in the eye before there isn’t an “us” anymore.

  3. Sharon
    October 18th, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

    Yep.

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