Lady Gaga’s “Applause” came on the radio and I can’t help but think that, without the vocals, this sounds like it was written for one of the classic NES games.
I love my family but sometimes their close-mindedness in the sake of sticking to their politics is too much for me.
Today my father posted a picture of the World Trade Center towers with a caption that read, “Our President wants us to support the people who did this. If you think he should be impeached please share this picture and click like.”
Dad, and everyone else who falls into this mindset right now, that statement is as accurate as stating that by attending church every Sunday you are a proud supporter of the Phelps family and their actions on behalf of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Why do I say this? The Muslim world does not condone the actions of the extremists who hijacked planes and flew them into buildings. They condone those actions as much as any good Christian would support the burning of holy scripture, regardless of the faith, in protest of those they do not see eye to eye with.
Guess what, nobody is ever going to see eye to eye. There are as many different ways of approaching an idea as there are people living and breathing on this planet this very second. Do you feel I am wrong? I am okay with that because this is my opinion and I am allowing you to have yours. I want to educate you though on why general, widespread hate is not the answer.
We cannot condone the many for the actions of the few. This is exactly what we are facing from the extremist factions of the Muslim faith that perverse their own scriptures. Sinking down to their level allows them to be that much more right in their mindset.
I am not saying we should ignore those who would threaten life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness wherever you may currently be. Pretending the problem does not exist does not make it go away. Lashing out against an entire culture only exacerbates the problem.
Yes, I understand that one dozen years ago my life changed radically. I had witnessed, on live television, what may perhaps be the worst, most widescale atrocity that could occur during my lifetime. Then again, I am fairly young so this statement may not hold true in a handful of decades. I also understand that the Muslim faith is a beautiful thing. Christianity is too. Difference of religion may have been the root of so may wars on this planet but when you dissect the major faiths you see their similarities.
Religion is an idea. I know there will be some backlash for this particular statement but hear me out. That is all I ask. Ideas are transformed by the people who hold them, who hear them, who practice them and spread them from one person to another. Some ideas are better, others not so much. Religion is the idea that we can be better than what we are, that we can aspire to be like those who would lead us, those who would save us. Because of that alone religion is a great idea. We should all aspire to be the best that we can be and to achieve this by helping others along the way. So what if they don’t share your philosophy? Does this make them any less human? Does this make you any less human in their eyes?
Times like this we should remember that it was not the tragedy that brought us together but the compassion for those around us. We are all one. It should not matter if we do not look alike. It should not matter if you and I love differently. It should not matter if you and I pray differently. What matters is that you and I are here on this planet together and through our actions we can make this a better world.
Oh, the humanity…
I have never served in the military but it has still had a great impact on my life. I grew up a Navy brat and feared during Operation Desert Shield/Storm that my father and some of the other fathers I knew were going to be given orders to go over. Having reached adulthood I am proud to say that I have had a friend in nearly every branch of the military (sorry Coast Guard, I am too far inland now for someone to be recruited here). My father in law was at Vietnam. My little brother went to Iraq. My brother in law has gone to Iraq. I have at least three different friends that went to Iraq or Afghanistan and the most recent tour just ended a few months ago for one friend in particular. Our vets have a difficult enough time dealing with what they experienced during these conflicts and they should not be disrespected like this.
My biggest worry for mankind is that after the zombie apocolypse happens a screwball politician will be screaming out for undead rights. “Gotta treat everybody equally, regardless of ethnicity, gender, color, religion, size, age or how many times they have died.” The same politician will probably try to get them health and life insurance too.
"Live with all of your might."
I love history and the more of it I get my hands on the more I discover I do not know. The image is the McEwen tartan, the clan from which my family descended. What I thought was taking pride in my heritage by exhibiting this tartan and also the family crest is actually an insult in Great Britain unless you have spent the time and money to register to display these. I am an American and was quite ignorant of this fact until two or three days ago. In the process of learning this I did discover that I can actually have my own tartan and family crest created from scratch though. Goes to show that it never hurts to keep your mind open to learn new things. Maybe one day you will see a family crest on here that I had a hand in designing.