Maybe conversation about what is happening in the world is not what you want to hear from me. Maybe you want something normal, something plain.
But not acknowledging reality is enabling it all to continue. Trying to end this upheaval is a desire to make it all just go away without change.
That is unacceptable.
Here, now, in this moment, defines who we are. We are the ones tearing the wall down, brick by brick, or we are the wall.
Don’t be the wall.
Have a productive Friday advocating for the humanity of all, and carry it through until Monday.
Short one today, because the message is short: empathy matters. You may never experience what others experience, but listen. Care about it.
We’re all people thrown together on this big rock in space, and somehow we let our differences matter more than the reality that we’re all the same, underneath, we’re all just people and we all deserve respect. We all deserve equality.
We all deserve not to be killed arbitrarily by police.
This is NOT “all lives matter.” That is a phrase meant to deflect, to change the subject, to erase. This is a reminder that someone who looks different than you, who lives in another part of the country, who may have a different religion or no religion at all is still a person and still deserves life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Have a contemplative Wednesday.
We seem to be trudging toward a very dismal future, unless something intervenes and as of yet nothing seems inclined. But let’s be clear: where we are falls solely, solely on the shoulders of Republicans.
One thing that genuinely irks me is when people blame Democrats for the Republicans’ actions, and then say there’s no use in blaming the Republicans because they won’t do anything. And that’s exactly the point of it.
Blame them. Hold them accountable. Make their compliance with a regime that wants to deploy the military against US citizens the worst decision they ever made. Push back.
Don’t complain that Democrats didn’t say the thing you wanted them to say in the words you wanted them to say it. Take the fight to the people who are actually causing us harm.
Only the Republicans can stop Trump at this point. Only the Republicans, because they hold the Senate. Only the Republicans can say this has to end, that using federal police to tear gas a peaceful crowd exercising its First Amendment rights is too far.
I’m sure that they won’t, but hold them accountable. Name their names., including the ones advocating active killing of dissenting Americans. And come November, make sure they lose for their lack of loyalty to their nation and their constituents.
The time where silence is not violent has passed.
Have a reflective Tuesday.
Here on this gray Monday, after a week of peaceful protests turned to riots by aggressive, brutal police and organized white supremacists, I can’t help but wonder how this will all turn out.
I hope we’re on the path for change for good. We can see it, all see it, in sharp relief, the truth. So how will we move forward with it?
The people itching for a civil war seem to be getting one, and it’s hard to know how the story will end. These turbulent times were not necessary, they could have been avoided.
We could have made so much more of the 21st century.
Anyway that’s it for me today. Have a reflective Monday, and honor the humanity in all of us.
It’s brightly sunny and cooler today, true May rather than true August, though May is not hanging around for much longer. Some of the restrictions will be lifted next week.
We’ll see how that goes.
It’s been a long haul, and with so many people uncommitted, it seems this is not going away. Not great, that’s for sure.
We’ll just have to remain cautious, remain vigilant, and get rid of this regime in November, as we won’t survive any longer.
Though I just got an email that my salon is reopening. With a whole lot of restrictions. Still, I think I’ll have to try to get in. We have to sign a waiver for a service, though.
Ah, this weird new world.
And in some ways, same very old world, where oppression is the hobby of those with power. That’s tough to escape right now.
Anyway that’s me for the week. Have as great a Friday as you can and a fantastic weekend.
It’s been a long short week, and I thought it was Thursday this morning. It is not Thursday this morning.
The weather turned hot, and I can’t get the temperature right, I’m too hot or too cold, and the news of the world shows no signs of improvement.
I’d say my mood today is glum. Fitting, I think, given the state of things.
It’s weird how people have just decided the pandemic is not a thing, and 100,000 people dead or not, off they go to be normal, with a great big shrug to life or death.
As long as it’s someone else’s life or death.
That doesn’t bode well for humanity.
I told you I had no wisdom to spare today. Or to even fill my own cup a quarter of the way. I guess that will happen in the apocalypse.
Anyway, have as great a Wednesday, which isn’t Thursday, as you can.
Here we are at the far end of May, Memorial Day. When we started this month it felt like it would last forever, yet another stretch of sheltering in place.
But it was gone in a blur, a series of slides of the view from my window, a collection of lounging clothes.
Outside today it is blue and green and dotted with what remains of the flowering trees, my favorite part of spring, missed until next year. Parks are still closed, as they should be, I was walking on Saturday and people crowded the sidewalks, many without masks despite the requirements.
I don’t know when or if this will ever end, not with the packed scenes online, people on boardwalks and in pools, jammed together defiantly.
We’ve entered a realm where reality is not reality, and the masses agree, whatever you think is what it is, until it’s not.
Meanwhile, a moment to honor the men and women who have lost their lives in service to this country, and the many who have lost their lives needlessly at the hands of this regime.
Have a peaceful Memorial Day.