Over the past little bit, there have been several things I have been reflecting on, for better or for worse. I figured it was time to share them as I am coming out of a time of self reflection and introspection. So let’s get started…
Everything is not racist. In the past year, everything and everyone has been labeled racist. The national anthem is racist. The electoral college is racist. Trump supporters? Racist. Progressives? Racist. Theological conservatives? Racist. The list goes on and on. If everything and everyone is racist then nothing and no no one can be. Racism is real and it is ugly, but when everything under the sun is “racist”, then what is actually racist ceases to exist in the minds of people. I don’t think we need to go looking for things that are racist, I think rather that if we simply remain aware of what is going on around us, it will be evident. We also need to have some sort of real definition of what racist actually means, because if we are being honest, we don’t. The point remains however, that not everything is racist. Stop trying to make it that way please.
Stop acting out of fear. When did we become so afraid? Really when did it happen? We have the single most powerful military on the planet, so fear of external threat on a large scale should be minimal. We have a massive intelligence machine, so fear of internal threats should be minimal. We live in the most free nation on earth that has a system to limit power and prevent large scale oppression, so fear of that should be minimal. The list goes on. What are you afraid of? I get it, fear is real, and it is powerful, but truth is more powerful. What are you afraid of? What is the truth of the matter presently? I bet that in the overwhelming vast majority of the situations you fear, the truth should drive the fear out. Let’s act out of truth and not fear. Actions based in fear are rarely productive, while actions based in truth almost always are.
If your candidate won, it doesn’t mean that the system is perfect and if your candidate lost, it doesn’t mean the system is broken. The system simply is. It is not perfect. The electoral college certainly has draw backs, and I would not say otherwise. So does direct election. Their are arguments and counter arguments. Neither system is perfect. I’m not even certain that either system is better or worse. If you support direct election, that is fine, don’t try and discount or marginalize those who don’t and vice versa. There is a way to amend the constitution. Lobby your representatives to change things, or to leave them as is for that matter. Really, please be involved in the political system we have here. That is one of the great freedoms that we have after all, just stop treating those who have a view that is not the same as your enemy. For eight years, the republicans were the loyal opposition. Now for the next four it is the democrats turn to be the loyal opposition. The key word here is loyal.
Stop calling people names. That is all.
There was one Hitler. He’s dead now. Stop comparing everyone to him. While on the topic stop comparing nationalism to racism, to Nazi Germany, etc. Whether a certain amount of nationalism is right or wrong is not the question. What is happening here is not the same as what happened in post WW I Germany. If you think it is, please read up on your history again. thank you.
Before complaining about discrimination and persecution, please take a deep breathe and have a bit of perspective. Listen, this is not to say that there is not subtle persecution here, there is. It is to say that we need to look at it in perspective to realize that we are pretty lucky.
Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s a time to be thankful, hence the clever name. Let’s be thankful. Let’s take a deep breath and realize that the nation we call home is not so bad a place. It’s not perfect, and there is work to do, but it’s not so bad. If all we have is rhetoric, then we can not have honest conversation. If all we have are insults, then we can not appreciate each other. If all we have are accusations, then we can not possibly be brothers and sisters.