When you’re viewpoints change, and your beliefs about the world changes with it, you begin to really grasp how reality really is from the outside looking in. I remember when I first took my women’s studies for my class elective (Yes, it was because I had to. Not because I wanted to.) I took into account the social issues that become of today. The inequality of humanity, and the passiveness of society. Granted I only gave two shits then because I wanted an A. Now, as my views change…I slowly feel a deja vu of my women’s studies course. I then realized that what I think I didn’t give to two shits about, I actually give ten shits about, and I shocked myself, tying the relevance of those issues I learned in that course and applying it to my real life. I actually learned a few things.
The Automatic Walkway Analogy
I learned about this article in class. It says, when it comes to discrimination and humanity, you can make two choices. They applied the automatic walkway analogy. That walkway that’s like an escalator in which you could either stand and wait to get to the end or walk through it as it moves. So the analogy goes, when it comes to facing discrimination and human rights. People make two choices. Either you walk with discrimination and inhumanity passively in the same direction, or you walk against it. Meaning, when there’s some big social issue, most people say they “support it”, but feel as though by just saying so, they’ve done their part in taking sides. Yet, the racial jokes, and your little “secret” stereotyping is still there. Walking in the same direction of the issue. Being passive is the parallel view with the walkway.
The article says, to face social issues, you have to face it. Walk against it. I thought it was bollocks then. Then in a very loud, yet faint way. I saw it. See, I started to become involved with Falling Whistles. A non profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating the economy and the people of Congo against the rebel soldiers who rape women and abduct children to fight their war and gather materials for the technology we use today.
So far, with my support and voicing my opinion, reality sinks in for me. Far bigger that what I thought reality would be when I was younger. I thought eventually, life would have this happy ending somehow if I just follow all the rules. When really, you follow the rules, you create a smaller peripheral for your world. Shutting out all outer challenges.
I got vocal. Is the point I’m getting at. Showing my support through social networks. Trying to slowly show the progress. Somehow though, my post about the “beautiful blue skies, white sand, and infinity pool” of my trip to cabo san lucas gather’s 20 likes. Yet, articles of JFK, my posts about Falling Whistles gets about 1 or 2. Sometimes none.
The thing is here. Optimism and KEY. Strength and belief is KEY. Courage is KEY. I feel like I came into committing to this scared, with fear of criticism and no support. I came in with negativity and I shouldn’t have that coming in. Negativity creates a ripple effect to current events. Damn my personality for giving a shit about what other people think. Damn my personality for caring about other people period. I get so frustrated with people sometimes. I want to get angry and mad, and be mean for being so damn ignorant about the reality of our society, and how dammed it’s going to be if we don’t fix it. Point is, people don’t give a shit about world issues and social issues, because they don’t have some sort of duty to do right or help fix it, or help each other at that. I feel like people all think there are others who are there for that, and others who should take the beating when really we’re all supposed to fight against the beating together.
I now realize the kind of people some of the people I know are, and the people I live around. All perfectly cut and predictable. Just the same. No sustenance. No wisdom to share. No culture. No argument. Purified dense matter.
Will I ever laugh again?
When something is really, really funny.
24th birthday was right on the Ides. It was perfect.
It may not have been my birthday, but it sure was a good day for me too.
It’s bad that I know the inside joke to this ad..
I want this book so bad. It talks about endless ways to design a contemporary eco friendly home. I just got lost in this book after picking it out from the bookshelf in the library. I just didn’t want to put it down…but of course, I just had to let go or the school will kill me. I’m totally grabbing this book.
One of my goals is to own a sustainable home. I mean it’s amazing what you could do, and how much you could save! But it’s not just about that, it’s about saving the world, and THAT is where I will start. ;)
It’s so ironic how things turn out. You think or hope something happens one way, and the complete opposite happens. The universal laws of nature and the irony of life, makes you resent shit. But all I can do is accept it in a positive way. embrace it. take it and turn it into something positive. a sign maybe. But now, it just makes me second guess a bunch of other things….