Crazy world, huh? I feel like I need to make a few statements....which is unlike me - as I like to keep things bright and breezy! BUT it is increasingly hard to be blind to the hate filled cloud of despair that is hanging above us all!
Truthfully, as a person of GREAT privilege, I really feel stupid talking about how scary the world has gotten lately.
I am a man, I am white, and I grew up in a middle class Canadian suburb. That is the very definition of privilege.
I am both truly grateful and ashamed of it.
I cannot fully understand what the world is like for a person of colour. I cannot fully understand what it is like to be a woman in a man's world. I cannot fully understand what it is like to be poor and disenfranchised. I CAN try to have empathy, I can try to be accountable in my every day dealings with people, I can strive to help in any way I can.
Granted, as a gay guy, I am more attuned to being the recipient of hate. I do understand being afraid for my safety because I am different. I have always felt the effects that come from being hated or feared because of something I cannot change. So maybe that is why I feel so affected by the horrible state of the world.
Or maybe it is just because I am a person. A person who lives in the world.....and hopes for better. Better from myself, better from my friends, better from those who CHOOSE to think less openly, and better from legislators and the people in power.
Let's just be better than this.
Let's love more.
Let's stand up to the bullies and hate mongers and all the jack-wads that say ignorant things because they are small minded.
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