Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I'm so tired of this mess!

Can we just burn it all down and start over?
I'm a pretty positive person. I believe in the power of positive change. I get up every morning with a smile on my face and great hope for the future. I'm also tired, you guys. I'm tired of watching good people be manipulated into believing lies, half truths and gossip. I'm tired of big business running this world and pulling the wool over our eyes at every opportunity.

So, this blog post is personal. It's not meant to be a perfect example of how one should write a blog post. You don't have to agree with me, or even like what I have to say. It's just about what's bugging me these days. So, here we go. And this is the short list.

I'm tired of people's creature comforts and outdated traditions getting in the way of making simple changes that would save the planet.

I'm tired of people ignoring me when I talk to them or greeting my enthusiastic, happy greetings with grunts and groans and nasty attitudes because they are having a crappy day that I'm trying to make better.

I'm tired of people who don't, won't, can't or simply refuse to think for themselves because it's easier to follow the crowd and go with the flow.

I'm tired of personal gain being the determining factor in some people's decision making process. I'm tired of the “show me the money” mindset that seems to have invaded the hearts and minds of many, otherwise good people.

I'm tired of the higher and higher monetary demands simply staying alive places on people so that they are forced into working themselves to death to support their families.

I'm tired of being poisoned on a daily basis when we have known for a long, long time that chemical solutions and shortcuts are neither sustainable nor safe. I'm also tired of the lies perpetrated by those who profit from chemical usage and the fact that our government goes along with whoever stuffs their pockets fuller.

I'm tired of hearing that going to college and making lots and lots of money to be spent on lots and lots of personal, yet meaningless possessions is the be all, end all of life. I'm tired of kids being pushed to conform to a warped and broken society or poured into perfect little soldier molds. I would love it if we were all respected for the different things we bring to the world, rather than being forced to conform to someone else's idea of who we should be.

I'm tired of listening to (and sometimes participating in, out of sheer frustration) petty arguments over trivial matters while the earth we depend on for survival crumbles at our feet. I'm tired of complacency and a society that pushes us into meaningless battles with our friends and fellow human beings so that the powers that be can easily get one over on us and turn a huge profit.

(I do respect those who are willing to put their lives on the line for what they believe is our freedom, even though I don't agree with war as a solution. I'm just tired of all of us being lied to about what we are fighting for. It's the almighty dollar, not our freedom that's on the line in most cases these days. The enemy is not always who we are led to believe it is.)

I'm tired of watching big businesses and banks rub their greasy little bloodstained hands together in glee while we fall directly into their trap, having been lied to for so many years that we can't discern a lie from the truth.

I'm tired of textbooks being written and/or sponsored by those who profit monetarily from our belief in the things they contain.

I'm tired of people who are supposedly working to improve the planet being bribed, coerced and forced into doing the wrong thing for fear of losing their job or their life.
I'm tired of poor people being blamed for the problems created by some of the ultra wealthy and I'm tired of some of the ultra wealthy taking advantage of their station in life and using it to slyly increase their income to unnecessary proportions purely for personal gain.

I'm tired of people who are trying to do the right thing being mocked, ridiculed and ignored while the people who take advantage of us all are praised and put up on pedestals and more and more of us fall victim to crowd mentality.

I'm tired of people putting others down or having “fun” at someone else's expense or for their own entertainment. Especially when they brag about it as if it were something to be proud of.

I'm tired of proving one's point being considered more important than being kind, trustworthy and of good character.

I'm tired of rude, insensitive bigots being admired for “speaking their mind.”
I'm tired of persecution and discrimination in all of its' ugly and hate-filled forms. Prejudice is wrong. Period.

I'm tired of spitting contests over who has it worse or which cause is more worthy of our attention.

I'm so, so tired of people not willing to budge from their sweet little lives or make any sacrifice at all that would help others to simply survive. It's rude, selfish and unforgivable. And I have been there myself, which is what I'm tired of the most.

So, I'm not doing it any more. I'm not pandering to this ridiculously selfish society we have created out of greed and insecurity. I'm sharing what little I have when I have it to share. I'm working toward real change with diligence (and sacrifice if needed.) Because why does it matter how safe and comfortable we are when 20 years from now, we may very well be extinct due to our own arrogance, lust, greed and gluttony?

Do as you wish. Live as you wish. Close your ears and eyes to the truth if you wish as well. Ignorance is your prerogative. Just remember, the consequences of your complacency and blind obedience are looming in the not too distant future. You may be gone when they hit home, but your kids and grand-kids and mine will be here paying for your choices.

The Iroquois hold a belief that seven generations feel the consequences of both our positive and negative actions in this life. That is, if our selfishness, pettiness and greed hasn't wiped them all out by then.

But how you live is your choice, of course. Except it isn't. Because your bad choices harm all of us. We're in this together.

Note: This is dedicated to my Dad, a man who never made me question his motives or character and who made unselfish sacrifices for the greater good and for us kids every single day of his life. Wish I had told him when I had the chance just how much he shaped my life and what his example meant to me. We could use a few more like him these days.

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