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The following is an opinion I’ve held for quite a while, but was recently brought up again by an incredibly awkward discussion at a restaurant that I had to sit through involving racial stereotypes. Could have been worse, but mercifully the topic was killed.
I don’t like the idea of race. At all. It’s a farce, and it’s been used as nothing more than an excuse, a weapon, or a means of propaganda.
I don’t care if you were born in New Guinea with three noses and hair the color of Ronald McDonald’s; I don’t care what color you are or your parents were. It is an arbitrary part of who you are, and nobody is going to change it in any way. And it’s woven into our culture beyond hope of removal, the same idiot culture that cries “racism” at the drop of a hat.
It’s my honest belief that most people could get beyond the idea of race if culture would let them do so, and simply abandon the use of race altogether. Don’t snuff it completely, treating it like some sort of awkward elephant in the room–all that does is turn everyone’s focus upon it. Try something rational. Don’t give it unmerited attention. Stop reporting on “The first Asian guy to win a gold medal in kickboxing”. Who cares about his genes? All you’re doing is reminding people that they’re inherently distanced from other groups by traits they can’t control! It immediately turns the story from “good for him” into “good for them“.
The idea of a Them built upon the unalterable is dangerous and isolating.
If it’s a story about the first winner from China, fine! Go ahead! It’s a matter of national pride, and half of the point of the Olympics is to win for your country, though the similarities could be debated. Granted, like any system with humans involved, this system wouldn’t be perfect, but it’d be a chance for people to bypass color and assert an identity of their own, rather than ones that have been foisted upon them by repetition.
But no. Culture continues to dredge race up like a bargeload of detritus. People are supposed to be proud of it.
What kind of fool would consider himself better than others for things he cannot change and whose cause he had no part in effecting? You might as well get a bunch of friends together and hold a parade based on your shoe size, or puff yourself up about the time you rolled three fives in a game of Yahtzee. We’ll give out prizes to people with green shirts, and offer free dinner to patrons who were born on the first floor of the hospital.
It’s a completely nonsensical devotion to a petty ideal.
Maybe you aren’t proud of your race; I’ve heard the argument that you can’t “cover up” past atrocities.
People do stupid and terrible things under the banner of both good and evil intentions; go ahead–remember their poor judgment until you stumble mindlessly into better things to do with your time. But I’d rather suck a streambed of grimy rocks than live in a guilt-driven world where I’m held accountable for other men’s acts, ones which I would not commit in my foulest dreams. I do enough stupid things on my own without having to bear the guilt of others. I don’t belittle the crew at every Wendy’s in America or expect them to pity me because last month one of their employees in Tulsa couldn’t make a proper burger. (That’s completely fictitious; I’m sure the Wendy’s in Tulsa has competent staff.)
Give up on pointing fingers, and let go of the grudges. Let the divisions die with those who caused them, and stop treating people of any race like tools. If this were a well-read site, I would be hammered with responses to the tune of “It’s easy for you to say”, but honestly, I wouldn’t care. I don’t regret not having any credentials with which to lend force to my statements when the only means of earning them is outside of my control.
Society’s effort would be much better spent focusing on the present and fixing it. It’s easier than solving yesterday.
Went on vacation. Got pictures of lightning, at night, in Florida. Broke my phone.
Not the worst thing ever; it’s somewhat frustrating to not know if anyone (including work) is leaving messages. Also the phone had a picture of a $3.79 can of “U.S. Senate Bean Soup” on it.
It’s a real product, and according to the internet a well-known one. I learned this upon googling “U.S. Senate Bean Soup”, much to my confusion. My initial impression was that with a name like that and a price of $3.79 it was some sort of joke, or possibly several jokes rolled into one.
Shoot, maybe it still is.
Of things you haven’t studied yet, no less.
First, according to an authoritative source (I know, it’s the internet, but I’m not fudging anything) both of the school’s hockey teams have the toughest (based on opponents’ skill level) schedules out of every team in the nation this year. Odd coincidence, if nothing else. And while it may sound fishy; if we were that good, you’d think the other teams would have the tougher schedule- it makes sense.
On the national stage, while I didn’t catch any of the president’s words about the recent shootings, I heard many positive comments about his response.
Though living on secondhand news is a characteristic of sheep, in this case it shouldn’t cause any problems; if those who are so often against a man’s views are lauding his words, it’s usually a good sign.
Also, and this is an old story- Some genius group thought it’d be a good idea to invent a punctuation mark for sarcasm, and to sell it as an addition to your standard font. This is great news(Insert mark here.) Nothing is better than having a joke explained to you(Again.), and all the more when you and your social flock are being charged money to have it done! It’s like paying some clown to stand next to a comedian and tell you when you’re supposed to laugh.
If nothing else, the children of the U.S. have enough problems with punctuation already. (I’ve probably screwed up a few places here too; there’s your irony for the moment.) Adding another unit to the system will not help.
And finally, the lists of top internet search terms for the year came out. As almost anyone could have guessed, a large number of the top terms were names of celebrities.
My one question: When people search these names, what in the name of Dolph Lundgren are they expecting to find? Are they searching for music (when it’s applicable), or do they have nothing better to stuff into their pathetic minds than statistics and hearsay on those who are famous?
The state ousted our scuzzy representative today and replaced him with someone who probably won’t support large-scale bureaucracy over his home state. And that’s cool.
In related news, the website of the hometown paper had a giant headline shortly after calling the race declaring absolutely nothing new. “Man Man in U.S. House Race”. They quickly decided verbs were a good idea, added one, and made the story much more compelling.
Variations on "LOL SHE’S DUMB" are worn out. Nobody touches things such as Obama’s "I’ve been to 57 states" comment (or to avoid singling him out, anyone else on his side of the aisle’s gaffes), but they’ll hang on her comments ’til either she’s gone or global warming claims us all. I’ll admit to not going after her, and were I to write for a newspaper, I would probably question my job safety after any anti-Barack jokes.
I get it. You don’t like her ideas, but she’s still acting all "uppity" and not getting out of the news fast enough.
So it goes. We’ve also got some brilliant folks who write in to the editor too. I must confess that I missed the initial correspondence, a letter titled "Where’s (name of local representative)?", one which was questioning his job performance, I’d guess. The rather angry response from some random defender (which I was able to view) detailed exactly where he’d evidently been, discussed how he’d been working to help the state and how great that he was, and implied by comparison that the Republican challenger was a pile of bison waste.
Get an argument, fool. That’s like arguing for a monkey. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect a monkey to get things right 50% of the time on yes or no votes. The problem with him is that, among the rest of his simian shortcomings, the guy voted yes on the health care bill, agreeing to start a new program operated by the same people responsible for managing Social Security and Medicare for the last however many years. And if you’d bother to pay attention, monkey, you would have noticed that those programs aren’t faring terribly well and the organization mismanaging them has an abysmal record of rectifying said problems.
Heck, a compassionate monkey can be expected to do better than 50%. And I guarantee you, if the challenger gets elected, he’s not going to go to work trying to help California or some other pathetic over-budgeted state, he’d probably remember who elected him and go with the wishes of at least 64% of the state’s voters, (according to Rasmussen – the number of those who favor repeal, those who would have rather not had it in the first place are certainly higher, as few people are moronic enough to want something and then immediately want to get rid of it.) But this is a Serious Issue and Washington is the perfect group to run this junk.
I hate politics. I’m not a fan of plagues, pestilence, or disease either, but last time I checked, none of those were about to disappear from the earth forever, so staying informed and fighting for a cause is pretty much the only option.