I have come to a realization while working tonight. Call it bleakly optimistic, as that is the way I describe it. When I last spoke of my thoughts, I recall many people saying things like "We'll make a republican of you yet," and the like. This time it goes far beyond the petty party lines (ok, it actually breaks them apart), and hopefully you will find meaning in what I have realized. If you at this point feel like not reading any further out of shear boredom, please feel free at any time to go back to the non_av. I'm not forcing you to read anything by opening this thread, I'm just simply asking you to hear what I have to say.
My realization is this. Right now, as America exists today, In my region of the world known as Suburban Middle America, the people all suck. Every one of them in this society sucks. Now, at this point you are saying to yourself, "wow, this kid is full of rage." I really do not like to consider myself an angry person, I really think that I am not full of rage, But full of longing. A Longing for what can be, for what we as a human species can accomplish for our world. Look at what god (or who/what you consider to be your creator) has given us: The intelligence and ability to become something better than ourselves, by reaching out and helping others. I believe however, that many people have taken these words to be a bit too literal in the biblical context, and then these people have caused many subsequent atrocities, for example the Halocaust and the Native American Genocide, and because of all this, I am firmly against evangelical prozolatisation.
I see people coming through my checkline every day yapping on their cellphones, even had an interestingly frightening person on a cell phone come through today talking about "well, did he die of the gunshot or of blood loss?" They genuinely believe that life is all about them, that they are the most important, that they are what everyone must worship. These people do believe in God, they believe that they are God. These people are the angriest I have ever seen, and I wonder why they could be so? Are they in a hurry? That's no reason to be angry. Did they have a bad day? Why are they taking it out on me? Why not do something productive with that anger, like turning it into some creative form of art? The people of which I speek blindly follow all things GOP (no offense to GOP members here, that's not what this is about), and vehemently condemn all things that even remotely contradict all things GOP (i.e, me). Can you imagine what I felt when a person who came through my checkline said "Blame it on those stupid liberals." Can you imagine what I felt when she referred to me in that context, and how I had to hide my feelings lest I get myself fired?
I see people cutting people off in traffic. Classic road rage. Why? they get themselves 5 seconds ahead? What does that satisfy? How will this help? Are you so blindly cut up in yourself that you must act macho all the time?
Now here is my real question. God has given the human species the power and intellectuall learning capacity to far exceed the animal kingdom in terms of the way we behave towards others. We have also been given this amazing ability to create a better world for ourselves, to create the capacity for peace with all nations. But instead, we have used our intellect to create weapons of unthinkable destruction. Why? Why are we so wrapped up in ourselves that we can't benefit society as a whole?
If you have continued reading this far, I congradulate you, as I was barely able to type this out myself. Again note that what I consider my creator (God), You may not. If you are not christian and don't believe in god as the creator, that's fine with me and I hope you are happy, and you can replace my creator with yours in the above.
Thank you for reading.
And all at once the crowd begins to sing: Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same