I woke up and looked at my phone and saw thousands of people were listening to a police scanner in Florida. So I opened my ABC news app to see if anything major had happened. When major stuff happens my scanner app alerts me.
50 people dead and over fifty wounded at a gay bar in Orlando Florida. The shooter is dead. The shooter was from the Middle East so already the speculation is terrorism. And already there are arguments about gun control.
Life is horrifying. It seems to get more so every year.
I get annoyed at all the FB post when something like this happens. Changing profile pictures, I’m praying for the people of Orlando bullshit. Because it doesn’t change anything. It means nothing. It changes nothing. I certainly hope you are praying and, if you don’t pray, are at least thinking about them.
It is as annoying as those if you have the courage to believe in Jesus, or stand with the cops, or are against abortion, or you believe women should be able to control what happens to their body (although there are fewer of these) or if believe in equality share this post. Hello? That isn’t courageous. There isn’t a shred of courage involved to share those post. Courage isn’t getting onboard with what most of society agrees with anyway.
I remember when America was the greatest country in the world. I remember when America had the respect of the rest of the world. When we were the land of the free and the home of the brave. What the fuck happened? The decline of education. The withdrawal of freedoms slowly and insidiously. When I was a kid Americans could smoke anywhere. They could be as drunk, stupid, racist, sexist as they wanted to be but only in the mist of their own circle because we didn’t have internet then. Like their spew couldn’t really reach the wide audience it does today. And if you overheard such nonsense at say the table next to you in a restaurant, you ignored it, raised your eyebrows and rolled your eyes at your sister, and went on with your life. Unless they were actively in the process of hurting or oppressing someone, you minded your own damn business.
Archie Bunkers were everywhere. And you kind of hoped that the Gloria’s and Meatheads of the world would get in there and change their hearts and perspective. But you. You minded your own damn business and dealt with your own Archie Bunkers.
I’m not saying that it’s ok to smoke anywhere or be drunk, stupid, or racist. I think that stuff is wrong. I personally am not ok with any of that. However I’m also not ok with people not being allowed to believe how they believe and not fear persecution because they express their opinion. It’s not ok to have an opinion anymore unless the majority agrees with it Like, it is really, really bad. And the more “wrong” your opinion is the worse it is and I think that is why Trump has the support that he has. Because he’s saying the shit that nobody else has the balls to say even though they think it. Because he’s throwing that ignorant stuff on out there and people are feeling more free to feel how they feel and say what they think no matter how ignorant, racist, and sexist it is. If Trump has shown us anything, it’s who those people are. I even know some Trump supporters. I don’t dislike them all. I think in some instances, “Who knew?” BUT I respect their right to be wrong.
Freedom is the right to be wrong. Just like the kid who stands up and says “I’m gay.” has the right to be supported and respected. The person who stands up and says, “I don’t think that is OK.” has the right to his opinion too. We are free to believe in God. We are free not to believe in God. We are allowed to have our own thoughts and feelings no matter how right or wrong they are and if we could all just get on board with minding our own business I think the world would be a better place.
My that tangent took on a life of it’s own.
Oppression breeds anger, anger breeds hate, hate in a society that allows people to go to Walmart or an internet site and buy weapons, and doesn’t have adequate resources for the mentally ill create the society in which a person can go into a bar and kill over fifty people. And a society where we’ll all change our FB pictures to “Prayers for Orlando” with crying emoji’s for a week before we forget about it and get back on with our lives. If it’s even a week.