Sorry about the naked dudes lol. This song was the first thing that popped in my head when I considered writing about this. It’s funny because there is a song for almost everything I write. I should start posting them lol. I just relate everything to music, it’s such a bad habit of mine lol. And I really like Blink 182. I know they’ve been criticized but shove it lol they’ve always been awesome in my book. And I have a big book with high standards.
This isn’t about a naked band or whatever, I promise.
I “liked” another page on FB that is SO inspirational. I really should stop being so lazy and getting the links for these things I speak of. You know what? I’m gonna do just that. Because you’re awesome. Here ya go: The Optimism Revolution. See? It even sounds legit. I’m on it. I’m all about optimism. As a matter of fact, one of the science pages I follow (might be ASAP Science?) solved the “glass half full or empty” dilemma. It’s FULL. 1/2 water, 1/2 air. Now have a seat. But yeah, this page posted this:
Real quick, before I continue. I have SO many grammatical errors in my blog. I’m not illiterate. I’m lazy. There is a huge difference. Post before last, I mentioned that my crush was “wondering” around. I know it’s “wandering”. I just don’t feel like it lol. There’s a difference between not knowing any better and not giving a shit.
So yeah, that quote above pretty much was taken right out of a section on “Kristi’s life philosophy”. Basically. I’ve always been this way. The grown folk would always call me “wise beyond my years” because I could carry serious conversations with grown folk as if an age barrier did not exist. I’ve always been like that. I’m still like that. Even when speaking to people far younger than me, I don’t have that natural “authoritative” demeanor like, “Youngen, i’ve been around the block a few times”…… Even though I have, so sit down lol…… but really, I don’t even feel it. I don’t feel like i’m above teenagers. Yeah I look at their problems as being RIDICULOUS and they are so reckless it’s scary…… but I admire their energy. Especially this generation. Oh man. Way different from when I was a teenager. No one gave a shit about shit back then. Now, young folk actually stand for things…… even if I don’t always agree with what they stand for, at least they stand for something, right? I just admire the drive and ambition, the “You can’t tell me no” attitude. I respect the opinion of my peers. I admire the wisdom of my elders. I don’t see age, really. I mean that, sincerely. If you see me speaking to the elderly, i’m not trying to be polite. If you see me having a conversation with someone my mom’s age, it’s not out of respect. I genuinely like associating myself with all sorts of people…… no matter what age they are.
I have a certain set of world views, yes. But I respect that everyone else does, too. I don’t look at teens as being “worse than we were”. It’s all in context. My parents were rebels just because my Dad smoked pot once in college and grew his hair long….. and my mom went behind my grandpa’s back and changed into some go-go boots and a mini skirt for a football game. Whatevs. They did some wild stuff back in their youth. So did I. I dressed as a homeless black man and met a stranger off a chat line…… and he took my friend and I out to shoot pool. Just like that. I threw an entire birthday cake at the drive through speaker at McDonalds because they always chopped and screwed my order. It happened. I’ve charged dudes and tackled them, I’ve gotten out of my car and fought at a red light, i’ve been so high I thought my left side didn’t exist anymore, i’ve punched a rare african plant that was worth a lot of money because I thought it looked like an alien pod…. I’ve done DUMB stuff. So who am I to judge these cats? lol. (yeah, i’ve got stories to tell haha)
I don’t fault my elders for their ignorance in social justice. It’s how they were raised. It’s all they know. Once someone has been indoctrinated, it becomes a prison that few ever escape. How can I fault them for something that is sometimes beyond their mental capacity to change? I can’t. Like it or not, the majority of the population simply can’t process very many original thoughts. It’s like they top out at a certain point and once they’re there, they’re done. Turkey’s done, it can’t cook any longer lol. They don’t grow. No progress. They regress. I can’t knock them for that. Ignorant white folk who think black people are lazy welfare leeches…… they’ve been INDOCTRINATED from the time they were young. Black folk who think all white people are racist, KKK, rednecks that smell like wet dogs? I just can’t be mad at them for it. This is what they were always told. I don’t agree with any of it and i’ll stand by what I feel is right, but I just can’t get mad because someone can’t expand beyond their culture or ethnic group or religious group or whatever else to see the bigger picture. Not many people can. Not knocking or anything but my SIL stated that she can’t be friends with a Republican because Republicans are all dumb. To me, that’s just crazy. But that’s how some people think. That’s how democrats think. That’s how republicans think. There is power in numbers……. and sometimes that power is used against your better interest. You’re gonna go down with your team. You rejoice in the victories, sure…… but understand that you also share in the failures. I have no problem jumping ship. I can be REALLY into a TV series but as soon as it starts to suck, i’m out son! I’m not sticking around like a dope head out of sheer “loyalty”. I’m done. I could be rooting for a team but as soon as they lose their way and begin shifting to shenanigans, i’m out. I have no problem walking away from anything. I don’t willingly tie myself up to shit. I think the strongest ties I have to this earth is my family. That’s it as far as this earth is concerned. I will cut ties with anything, anyone, any situation, doesn’t matter…… if I feel it no longer serves me well. If I feel my morals have been violated, it’s over. I have no problem standing up for myself and what I believe……. but I change and I can admit I change. I don’t do things “just because it’s always been done that way”. I could be DEAD SET on some ideology and then suddenly have an AHA moment and i’m like, wow? What was I thinking? So many people can’t or won’t do that. They will defend things until the day that they die so as not to admit that they were probably wrong or mistaken.
I feel sorry for the babies born in Iraq…… and guess what? All of those men that are over there killing Christians…… they were babies, once. Babies who became kids…. kids who become sponges….. sponges who suck up indoctrination. They are taught from a young age not to question things. Who is there to challenge them? They all think the same. They follow the crowd. Think about the Holocaust. How could so many every day folk just turn on their neighbors that way? Indoctrination. It’s dangerous. Group think is dangerous. You, right now, are susceptible to being indoctrinated. You are susceptible to doing awful, awful things to your fellow human being…… You just are. If you can’t boldly go against the flock…. if you can’t stand up and say, “I don’t accept this”……. and go against your family, your friends, your colleagues, etc….. then what makes you any different??
Take a look at your friends. Seriously. How old are they? Did most of them go to school with you? Do they look like you? Same color skin? Similar fashion sense? Taste in music? It says a lot about you. If you only ever expose yourself to the same kinds of people, if you can’t tolerate being around a “redneck” or someone from the “hood”……. if you can’t have an intense conversation with someone 3 decades your senior…… if you can’t hang with someone with a very heavy accent and totally different way of life….. well, it says something about you….. Are you “too smart” to chill with someone who never graduated high school? Are you “too righteous” to speak to your pagan neighbor? Are you “too pretty” to hang with someone severely overweight and not up-to-par on the fashion tip? Come on, serious questions here.
Try to expose yourself to a variety…… and not for your own personal benefit….. not because you want to be “well cultured”or because you want things to talk about….. lol….. do it because you genuinely desire to know and understand people….. to embrace our differences. I don’t care how forward thinking you are…… if all you’ll only associate with people like you, you’re missing out on such a rewarding, enriching part of life and the human experience in general. Not trying to point fingers here but progressives can be so very bad at this…. and i’m pretty progressive in a lot of aspects, not all, but many….. but hey, think about the last remaining indigenous tribes on earth…… the ones who have nothing to do with same sex marriage or solar energy or abortion or whatever whatever….. they are so far out of that loop, it’s not even funny….. and yet, they’re human. Real, living, valuable human beings…… who are here for a purpose. Yes, even THEY are here because they are supposed to be here, they’re valued by our Creator. They’re important…… and they don’t concern themselves with anything we’ve got going on over here…… Associate with people much unlike yourself and try to be open…… no matter how bad it hurts or how bad your brain wants to reject new ideas….. if anything, let it pass through. Just listen. You don’t have to accept. Just listen and learn about people. I really believe that is the beginning of healing the world….. when you can stop being so fucking critical of people who don’t think like you….. when you can just shut up for a second and listen……
And now, it’s raining….. so this is on my mind lol: