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I’ve gotta get some stuff off my chest.
Why does it seem that society is getting more and more messed up on the daily?! Perhaps, it’s cause I’m getting wiser… doubtful… or maybe it’s cause the world is more connected and Dumb is very easily spread.
Anyways, here are some things that have been bugging me lately.
This is a picture of a toilet in one of the caged homes we visited in Kowloon. Photo by Sean Creamer
American police shootings.
It makes me sick how little people value other people’s lives. Seeing repeated news stories of policemen executing children is gut wrenching. Also disturbing, are the ugly reactions seen in online comment sections.
When you read a story about a person getting shot, or killed, what is your first reaction? Is it to call the victim stupid? Or is it to feel sad that another life was lost? Almost daily I read comments like, “That’s what happens!” or “He shouldn’t have done that!” as a first comment after seeing that a youth was killed.
What’s wrong with you that your first and only comment after reading about a death is to judge the dead person?!
Of course had you known the victim, it’d be different! It’s so easy to sit back and judge people.
Black Lives Matter
It’s painfully obvious that the police in America treat African Americans differently than they do white Americans. It seems like almost daily there’s another needless police killing in the states. And it’s unfortunately very clear that blacks are shot a lot more often and easily than whites.
So a movement in the states started called, #blacklivesmatter, bringing some attention to this serious problem.
So how do you respond to this if you’re white??
It’s easy! You acknowledge it!! You show empathy towards it! It’s disgusting!! It’s a problem that needs fixing! Right?
However, that’s not what some people do. They reply with, “All lives matter!”.
This is the equivalent of seeing someone walking down the street with a pink ribbon bringing awareness to breast cancer, and yelling over to him or her, “All cancers matter!!!”
You either care or you don’t!!
It’s sad how little people care these days.
It seems that people are so self driven that they are either 100% A or 100% B. They are so stuck and dedicated to winning their discussion/argument, that they absolutely refuse to acknowledge any aspect of the counter argument.
For example, vaccinations. I know. It’s a heated debate and some people can’t handle this discussion. For me, honestly speaking I’m in the middle regarding vaccinations. I fully understand the importance of them now and in the past. I also have a mistrust of big pharm and their morals and business ethics. They have clearly shown that they are willing to put forth products that are detrimental to society and individual’s health solely for the sake of profits.
However, when you try having a conversation about this topic you are met with either someone calling for the lockup of all parents not vaccinating or someone saying that vaccinations cause autism.
Why is it that pro-vaccinators are not able to acknowledge that mistrust of big pharm and paid off politicians is a problem? Look at any comment section on this topic and I guarantee you, you will not see any middle ground. You will see two sides completely shutting their ears to the other side’s points. You’ll see vicious name calling and some of the most immature arguments online.
If you’re an anti-vaccinator and can’t admit that we don’t have proof that vaccinations cause autism, or a pro-vaccinator that argues that we shouldn’t even question big pharm, don’t bother! You’re not helping anything!
Donald Trump. Granted, Donald Trump is spouting ignorant and hateful viewpoints all over the airways 24/7. He’s repulsive in so many ways. However, at the same time, he has brought forth the conversation about money in politics, which is such a plague for America’s growth. In my opinion this topic is the biggest problem facing America because you see politicians having an almost 100% track record in voting for who paid them. Corporations working in the prison complex, oil and energy, the food industry, war, big pharm, banking, guns, etc. etc. are all heavily buying politicians and making it nearly impossible for the United States to move forward.
Do I like Donald Trump? Not at all! I’m a Bernie Sanders fan. However, I do appreciate that he is bringing this important issue to the forefront. Hopefully they’ll be able to overturn Citizens United and ‘Make America Great Again” with Bernie Sanders!
Rant over! Thanks for making it to the end!! What gets under your skin?! Let me know in the comments below.
Have a great week everyone and if you’re in Hong Kong, stay warm!