Monday, February 20, 2017
(2/20/2017 01:43:00 PM) - Al
Alternate title: I was so busy being consistent and standing up for what was right, I forgot to be depressed like they had hoped.
Another day, another bad decision by a teacher.
This is what the push back looks like.
It's likely not a coincidence that when Trump decides to inform the old media he'd not going to roll over and take it anymore, his supporters decide they're going to do the same thing.
On a semi related note, when I was in 6th grade, we were doing some sort of math problem, and the teacher kept insisting the answer was different than what we were all coming up with. He asked several students, they all told him it was one answer (the same one mind you) and he kept insisting we were doing something wrong. We then broke for lunch, or recess, or art or music or something.
When we returned, he said he had been approached by a single student, who told him that the answer was indeed what everyone had been saying it was. Sure enough, when he worked it, he got the same answer...the answer key he had just assumed was correct was not. He said, "Let this be a lesson to you. If you believe something is right, stand up for yourself. This won't be the last time someone insists you're wrong, but you're not."
The irony is, for years, on the subject of gay marriage, I would tell people how I felt:
1. The government should not be in the business of marriage. It's a religious custom, and unrelated to keeping us safe and making sure we have the ability to be successful.
2. However, if the government does decide to wrongly get involved in this issue, any two consenting adults should have every right to get married, or whatever you want to call this custom.
I was called a darn goof by many. Told I went against God, the bible, the natural order of things, and most of all, that it was "just icky" to think about. I informed them that while I was not gay, that freedom was far more important than all their silly little problems with it. After all, if the government could regulate who you could marry, they could also tell you where you can live, how you want your eggs prepared, and if you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle or a seat belt in a car (the individual has every right to jump out of an airplane, but by gosh, we gotta protect them, because...wait for it...we know better).
So, over the last 30 years, the feelings on this has completely changed. While 30 years ago, I was in a tiny minority, I am now in a huge majority. Turns out, most people now think that freedom is a pretty darn good thing. Of course, for a variety of reasons, the tide has turned the other way on other freedoms I listed, because we have added thousands of new rules, regs, and laws because...wait for it...the government, the same one that struggles to deliver the mail (and loses $50M a day doing so)...knows better.
If you think out your position the first time, you don't have to change your mind every time the breeze changes directions, or when the polls change. If you believe in something, you're probably right. If you stupidly jump on every trend, fib, and fake news story you see, you're going to embarrass yourself, and probably quite frequently.
The sky is not always falling, and there is not always a wolf in the flock.
There's a message to many in there, but sadly, I doubt if they understand it. You can't help those that won't help themselves. I'm too busy enjoying myself to concern myself with your fictional sadness.
2/20/2017 01:43:00 PM