It’s time for another post. This one gets really rambly.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world," said Gandhi.
"A right delayed is a right denied," said Martin Luther King Jr.
"All we are saying is give peace a chance," sang John Lennon.
Why is it that the people who try the hardest for peace always end up getting shot? In case you couldn’t tell, I’m busy having a lot of feelings, and while I love all three of those lines and the ideals those men stood for, my favorite quote at the moment is, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” I’m not exactly sure who said that (Google keeps contradicting itself).
IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM.
I realize that I’m going to sound like a hypocrite when I say this. I realize that I’m not perfect and that I don’t always try. I also realize that I need to shape up and give a damn. And so do you.
Now that that’s been established, I need to explain what this is about. This note is about the LGBTQ+ Community, but it relates to all of us. Us: women, men, everyone who is both or neither gender, my parents, your next-door neighbor, queer people, straight people, writers, and giraffe-lovers because, hey, who doesn’t love giraffes?
I’ve been reading about things lately that make me really angry, but mostly sad. These things include, but are not limited to, the West Boro Baptist Church, anti-gay “correctional” therapy, and Lord Voldemort. Hate, whether purposeful or accidental, is at the core of each of these things (and yes, I did have to mention Voldy. It lightens the tone a little bit, right?).
Why does there have to be an argument over a Facebook picture of two women kissing? What’s with the name-calling? The Bible-thumping which, might I add, always involves taking words out of context and gives all Christians a bad name? Yeah, it’s all completely unnecessary.
Let’s stop arguing and do other active things. Like, positive things. Volunteer! Donate! Write! By no means am I saying “ignore the problem.” Never, ever ignore a problem. Rather, work for something good instead of wasting energy on people who won’t change.
I could say a lot more right now, but I’m afraid that it wouldn’t make sense because I’m tired. Thanks for reading!