I suppose it is appropriate after writing about proper etiquette among our four-legged fellow travelers that I should revisit our attitudes about them in a different light today. Sometimes I wonder if humanity is capable of proper balance at all. We either create a false sense of balance by giving equal weight to all arguments, or they throw balance completely out the window, showing more respect for a cluster of cells or for flightless avians with brains the size of my thumbnail, than for a born human being. In particular I find it distressing because so much of this lack of balance among the left stems from an unwillingness to address our own privilege. Continue reading
Once upon a time there was a mindset among the fortunate that they had a certain responsibility to the less fortunate. Oh, I quite understand that the magnitude of their generosity was mitigated by personal greed and a certain ignorance of the magnitude of the problems of the poor, but there was a time when the upper middle classes and above wanted to make sure that the lot of those “beneath” them was not completely unbearable.
I really wonder about people sometimes. Some of the things I read on Facebook in the comments on posts and I just shake my head. For instance, I read under a photo of a protest of Chase bank that envy is what causes people to not like capitalism. This is funny because the photo was specifically of a sign that read: I don’t have a problem with capital, I have a problem with theft. Continue reading
More often than not in my work the people I speak to at least feign sympathy with those whose lives we are trying to make better. At least once or twice a night I get outright belligerent doors. Sometimes these people are on board with the cause but do not like to be bothered at home. Sometimes their ideologies are the complete polar opposite and they do not appreciate someone like me (ie a “librul”) coming to their doors. Sometimes people are just having a bad day. In any case, I don’t let those people bother me. Who knows why they slam the door in my face? Who knows what battles they are fighting? Continue reading
I try to be open-minded. I try to think that, even when someone holds views different from mine or behaves in a way I see as harmful to myself or others, deep down they are OK people. Mitt Romney sure makes it hard to keep believing it. Continue reading
Fair Warning: This post is deliberately meant to challenge certain long-held ideas. It is intended to shock you into awareness. I will try to do so as kindly as possible, I know most of you are not willfully ignorant, but I want to help you to be the best you can be, even if, maybe especially if, that means getting you to give up something you love. I also do not want to out you to your children, so please, don’t let them read this without reading it yourself, and even then, only after you have seriously reflected on it. Continue reading