Me? I wear Converse instead of heels. I definitely spend more time on Tumblr than I do shopping. I continue to be interested in Star Wars. And you know what? Today, I bought two handbags. One of them was pink. That doesnâ€™t make me shallow, vapid, unintelligent or incapable of enjoying absolutely anything Iâ€™d like to enjoy. It just makes me someone with a killer cute pink handbag.
I like this idea that we don’t need to proclaim we’re “Not Like” something defined by the mainstream media because the truth of the matter is: NONE OF US IS LIKE THAT.
When Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, Mayor Bloomberg, and Rupert Murdoch are all in favor of somethingâ€”in this case, tougher gun lawsâ€”and thereâ€™s still no chance of it being enacted, you can rest assured that forces other than reason and partisan politics are involved.
This article simplifies a concept I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I get frustrated every day by our nation’s inability to force the extremes of either end of the spectrum out of the conversation. I feel like our country is full of rational, middle-of-the-road people who feel strongly about many things but also have the ability to discuss those things calmly. But instead we hear from the extremists which turns every issue into a Black and White issue where there is no compromise. Most rational Americans, whether NRA members or not, agree that we need better gun control. That assault rifles should not be easily purchased and need not be purchased as they go beyond basic “defense” of person. Yet are any of those people talking now? No. It’s only the extremists who make it sound like our choices are: TAKE AWAY SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS or GIVE GUNS TO ALL THE PEOPLE.
Hereâ€™s the reality: The breaking we as a species do is, by and large and for millions of humans every day, toward the good. People have astonishing, heart-full shifts and awakenings, from incremental to momentous, private to life-upheaving, every week, every hour, 50 more in the time it takes you to read this paragraph.
After the news of so many random shootings lately, it’s nice to think that maybe that’s not our human nature. That maybe, every day, people are coping with stress and emotional strife by being more kind and loving to those around them. I like that school of thought. I’m going to allow it to give me hope.
The Universe Is Weird
And finally? The newest song from Hank Green which is brilliant on so many levels I can’t even explain it: