Sometimes I just don’t understand the human race.
Most of the time, I try to view the world through my own particular weird brand of rose-shaded glasses, finding humour in odd and oftentimes totally inappropriate places. As my grandfather used to say, “you can either laugh or cry,” and I always chose to laugh, because it saved on tissue. But lately I’ve been finding it harder and harder to chuckle off some of the injustices and pure crappiness of Earth’s inhabitants.
I just can’t fathom why people act so justified in behaving like they deserve more than others, or are cruel, insensitive or downright mean-spirited.
And everyone has an excuse. From the guy who takes up three parking spaces (or is able-bodied and parks in a handicap spot), to those folks butting in line at the supermarket, or the young adults screaming “f&%* you” all night at the campground we stayed at over the weekend in Cultus Lake. But that’s paltry compared to what’s happening in Russia with anti-gay laws, or here in North America where gay rights are still a hot-button issue for many. If you want to know what’s right, just substitute “black.” “Christian,” “Jewish,” “woman” or any other group for “gay” in these discussions and you’ll see the ridiculousness of it all (i.e.: Today, Russia imposed a ban on Jewish propaganda).
And racism is still alive and well, thanks to the same narrow-minded folks who judge people based on the colour of their skin or their religious views (and no, homophobia is not a religious view. Either it’s all God’s will — including homosexuals — or it isn’t).
The straw that broke this camel’s back was a story in the news about an autistic child’s grandmother in Ontario receiving a letter from someone in her neighbourhood telling her to “move or euthanize” the “wild animal child” she was caring for. Seriously? These people are the reason humans have not yet evolved into balls of light and floated away from all this mortal-coil mess.
I wish I had a solution, or the power to change people’s hearts and small minds so they didn’t feel so righteous, superior, petty and entitled.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any of those things, just a desire to see us all wake up and evolve a little, because none of us will ever be truly free until we all are.