Get Over It.
These are strange times...
Ladies and Gentlemen, it's 2015.
I can turn on my TV and scroll through a seemingly endless selection of movies with my voice.
By merely tapping the screen on my phone a few times, I can be face to face with anyone, anywhere around the world.
In front of my computer screen, almost anything is possible.
In 2015, the world has never been smaller.
In 2015, technology has brought us close together.
And yet, in 2015, we have never been more far apart.
2015 has been a very tumultuous year, and like the subtitle said, these are strange times.
Over the last few months, things have been a-changin.
Let me just remind you of a few headlines that have lit the internet ablaze.
Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner.
Gay Marriage was legalized throughout the entire country.
The confederate flag was removed from government buildings.
Police Brutality and the ensuing riots divide communities, shining the spotlight on Ferguson and Baltimore.
And ya know what? I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting some stuff.
Things have been changing.
And yet, the more things have change, the more they have stayed the same.
Freedom of Speech.
Let's be real for a second.
Change is normal.
Things are changing, as they have always been changing, and as they will always be changing.
There will never come a time where the world stands still and says, "Meh, I like things the way they are".
Ironically, the only thing that doesn't change is that everything is changing.
Or at least... I wish that were the case.
See, the one thing that never really seems to go away is intolerance.
And I'm not just talking about the ancient intolerance that has rotted along side our society since the beginning, your garden variety racism, sexism, homo and transphobia.
I'm talking about something else, something that might be worse.
We have grown intolerant of the true meaning of "Freedom of Speech."
See, here in the good ol' U. S. of A., we preach the importance of freedom.
The freedom to worship who you want, love what you want, do what you want, yada yada yada. And people will proudly do all of those things!
However, what they won't do is allow other people to do those things.
There's nothing more human than to be afraid of what you don't understand folks, it's that easy. And in all reality, the problem isn't not understanding. Hell, the problem isn't even fear, fear is natural. Fear, very much like pain, exists to protect the mental and physical health of the body.
The problem isn't fear.
The problem is that nobody wants to understand what they're afraid of anymore.
Nobody wants to understand anyone else's point of view, everyone just wants to get their point across.
Nothing is more dangerous than being absolutely sure about something.
Nothing is more dangerous than being completely positive that you're right.
Because if you think about it, claiming to know anything for sure is pretty silly.
If the average person lives to be about 82 years old, and... well, I won't get into how old the Earth is for political reasons, but to make everyone happy, we'll say the world is at least 6,000 years old.
Six thousand years!
You think that in eighty-two years, you can figure anything out?!
That's barely one percent of the time that a portion of humanity believes the earth has been here!
We're like Fruit Flies.
Fruit Flies live for little over a month, would you listen to a Fruit Fly describe their beliefs?
Probably not, because they're bugs!
Even then, people have wholeheartedly believed some silly things over the years.
In fact, they still do.
You probably think humans have five senses.
You probably think Penguins are monogamous.
You probably think I'm enjoying writing this article?
No? You can tell I'm in a crappy mood.
I appreciate the concern.
Just remember, people were positive the world was flat for the longest time.
Think about that.
Think about how ludicrous that thought is.
Yeah, but if you had been born back then, you also would've believed it.
You probably would've thought the whole "round world" conspiracy as bonkers too.
See? It's all about perception.
As Socrates said, "He among you is the wisest who knows that his wisdom is really worth nothing at all".
Btdubs, not calling you stupid.
I'm not calling anyone stupid, I'm only trying to make clear to everyone that pretending to have some infallible knowledge of everything is silly.
Let me explain.
I like professional wrestling.
Yep. Cheesy, fake, corny "Whatcha gonna do, brother" wrestling.
I could sit here and explain why I like wrestling until someone explains to me why "until the cows come home" is an expression, but that's a subject for another hub.
It makes me happy.
I don't care what you think of it, I don't really care what you think of me, I just care that I watch wrestling and enjoy myself.
That didn't sound the way I wanted it to, but you know that.
You know what I can't watch on TV?
It bores the living hell out of me. It moves too slow, it takes too long, and there aren't enough home runs!
If I could, I'd never watch another baseball game on TV again!
But... Just because I don't like baseball...
That doesn't mean you can't like baseball.
Just because you don't like wrestling, doesn't mean I can't like wrestling.
This seems really simple, right?
"Love what you love" and blah blah blah?
Well then why can't people just live and let live.
Why does it fucking matter to you if Caitlyn Jenner feels more comfortable as a woman?
Why does it matter to you if a flag gets taken down from a building that is nowhere near you?Why does it matter to you if people who love people of the same gender get married?
Guess what, if you don't like people getting sex changes? Don't get one. Don't watch Caitlyn's reality show.
And ya know what else? If the confederate flag means something to you, get it tattooed on your face, spraypaint it all over your house, name your kid "General Lee", and run away from Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane alllllll night long.
And the beautiful part about all marriage being legalized is that two consenting adults can be just as miserable as all the other consenting adults. Nobody is going to force you to get married to someone of the same sex!
In a time where we should all be coming together as a species, how about we give each other a little breathing room and just mind our own damn business.
Let people be happy.
Let people be comfortable.
Realistically, if we all just showed the most basic compassion for one another, showed off some simple empathy and respected the happiness of strangers, we would live in a much better place!
America is about freedom.
The laws that were put in place were put in place to be amended as necessary.
The laws that will persist for the rest of our time as a country were not put in place to make everyone feel cozy and comfy, they were put in place to make everyone free.
You have the freedom to be an asshole.
You have the freedom to be closed-minded and bigoted and to antagonize progress all you want.
You have the freedom to be whoever the fuck you want to be.
I just wonder why you would choose to do that when you can help instead.
When you could be nurturing empathy and compassion and open-mindedness.
It's a personal choice to make the world a better place. Doesn't that make more sense?
Honestly, do what makes you happy, and as long as that doesn't hurt someone else, you're making the world a better place.
Thanks for reading.