Feeling pretty out of sorts and intolerant these days, and it’s showing up in strange ways. Like this blog post. So be forewarned–and if you’re not up for it, close the window. Because this is a ‘get off my lawn’ kind of post.
And it’s also showing up in other ways:
I’m pissed off at the way some of my friends are parenting their children.
I’m angry because I see through to the self-centeredness of some people I know.
I’m frustrated that people I thought had half a brain don’t even have that.
I’m not yet resigned to the fact that racism is still rampant in this country of ours. I have had to reluctantly admit that it is. How did that happen?
It didn’t happen, it just never changed. Not really.
I’m getting crabbier and more intolerant, lately, and I finally figured out why.
What’s going on in this country is sending me over the edge.
The last thing this child of the 60s expected was that battles she thought were over and done with, or at least mostly won, are now back in play. Up for grabs. Reversed.
Abortion foes worked for decades to flip the Supreme Court, and thanks to some big freakin’ mistakes, they succeeded. RBG is partly responsible. Oh, I’ve had the battles online already, so don’t tell me that RBG deserves sainthood. Yes, she did a lot of good on the court and off, but she pretty much ensured the overturn of Roe by refusing to retire when it was clear she was dying and could very well die before the next election.
That unwillingness to give up her seat was a fatal blow to abortion rights, and while it doesn’t negate all the good she did, it certainly colors the view of any thinking person today. It was a mistake. She should have retired. Let that be a lesson. So yes, I’m crabby over it.
Then, there’s the fact that the people elected Trump. Yes, including some I know who voted for him as a ‘joke” or because they “wanted something different.” Yeah, well, that election turned over a rock, exposed the vermin and we can’t seem to rid the country of them. They’ve been empowered. So…are they stupid? Well….here’s something:
A friend who works in neuro tells me
that people with a constant diet of “Faux News” channel are being preyed on by experts in fear-mongering. That the threats they present cause a rush of cortisol in a fight or flight response, which turns off the brain. The brain has been hijacked by fear. And the intensity of feeling causes us to believe it’s true. It’s the way we are wired to respond when we sense a threat and that channel is very good at presenting threats.
Well, that could explain it. How so many people seem to be unable to think logically. Are they stupid? No. Their brains have been hijacked by a steady diet of Faux News.
Apathy continues to reign supreme on the left and that outrages me. Oh, we sit back and post memes or outraged commentary on line. Would it kill us to donate $5 to a Blue campaign? How about giving up expensive coffee for a week and donating more? How about really putting our money where our mouth is? How about showing up for candidates who share our values? Supporting them? Volunteering?
The self-centeredness of so many Americans has never been clearer than in their response to the pandemic. “You can’t force me to…” fill in the blank: “get vaccinated!” “wear a mask to protect myself!” or even “wear a mask to protect others!” Yeah, that last one really gets me. If it’s not a mandate, so many won’t do it and if it IS a mandate some will fight to the death for their right to kill themselves and others.
WHEN did we get so self centered?
So illogical? So…willful? What happened to the Golden Rule?
The thin veneer of civilization was ripped off when that awful man got elected to the oval and now? Anything goes.
I really struggle with what I am seeing around me.
The people I know are just regular people. Not bad people. But some of them? Frustrate me. They’re just ignorant. Or self-centered. Or willful.
I feel betrayed by the world around me.
And get off my lawn.