So, lots going on today. Most of it not good. I really, really, really would like to comment on a lot that has been going on . . . but I would just piss people off.
People on the Left, people on the Right, and people in various social and political camps.
And, you know, it’s not that I’m afraid of pissing people off . . . it’s that the majority of people have ceased to be of significance to me.
I could share my opinion, but it’s like everything else these days — people of limited cognitive abilities get annoyed when you don’t agree with them unconditionally and 100%.
Say one word they don’t agree with, and the reaction is instantaneous: they get defensive, then angry, and then they stop listening and retreat into their made-up world.
It’s getting old.
That said, as much as I’m ignoring much of the drivel oozing from opposing ideological camps, it’s a bit difficult concentrating on writing as we hold our breath waiting to see if our constitutional Republic can stand our current stress test.
Consequently, the “W” stories are probably two to three days away (we hope).
Meanwhile, a piece of advice: if you hold allegiance to any particular group or party (Left or Right), don’t let it be unconditional. Machines are unconditional, unthinking, uncaring . . . people shouldn’t be.
If you find yourself never questioning what your group does or says, stop . . . stop, because you’re not just part of the problem; you are the problem.
Honest, I don’t give a shit about what you believe as long as I have an inkling it’s a belief informed by reason, research, and an honest desire to evaluate ideas different from your own (even if you end up not agreeing with them).
Paraphrasing an old saying, I’ll defend the right for you to hold and express your belief, but not if you’re parroting some bombastic pundit or “liking” some oversimplified thing you read on Facebook. And not if you’re advocating violence (today it’s the Right, but previously it’s been the Left . . . neither should feel smug or think they have a clear conscience).
Just for a moment, step back and ask yourself a simple question: what if what you believe isn’t 100% right? What if it’s only 75% right? Or, 50% right?
Holy shit on a cracker! . . . what if you’re not even 50% right!?!
Scary, isn’t it? . . . welcome to adulthood; don’t live your life never having reached it.
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