A Rant. (Or, Why I Wish I Could Bury My Head in the Sand Sometimes.)January 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Posted in rants, Stuff Outta My Head | 6 Comments
I, frankly, don’t give a shit if Lance Armstrong doped during any of his Tour de France wins. I don’t care that people feel “betrayed” by a guy who was too vehement, really, to believe that he was clean.
I ALSO don’t give a shit that someone from Notre Dame either made up a story about his girlfriend dying or someone made it up ABOUT him.
A month ago, 20 first graders and 6 adults trying to protect them were gunned down by someone who decided to inflict carnage before taking his own life. 20 parents lost their children in the most violent and unimaginable scenario possible.
And now, the parents and teachers and people who HELPED the surviving children are being harrassed by self-proclaimed “truthers:” conspiracy theorists, who somehow figure that the government STAGED the whole thing in order to take away people’s rights.
These grieving parents, husbands, wives, siblings are being HARASSED. In the midst of the nightmare that is the aftermath of losing their children. They wake up every morning and remember: their son, their daughter, is dead.
And then they get calls, and emails, and people telling them THEY MADE IT UP. They’re paid actors.
No. They’re HUMAN.
And I really just don’t understand.
Where the hell did our humanity GO?
Look, I understand that people believe lots of different things. I personally, believe in stricter gun laws. I disagree with the fact that athletes have “hero” status in our society. I believe that two people who love each other should be able to get married without obstacle. I believe a woman should have the choice to start – or not start – a family whenever she wants to, without interference.
But I also understand that there are people who feel differently than I do.
What I don’t understand is how AGGRESSIVE we are about it. And maybe it’s the prevalence of social media, but I see it everywhere: people trying to FORCE their beliefs on others. About religion. About politics. About parenting, and healthy eating, and gun control. About abortion rights. About gay marriage.
About anything and everything they believe.
And when there’s a disagreement? It’s PERSONAL.
When did it become OKAY to harrass people? When did it become okay to call someone who is planning vote for Mitt Romney an idiot on Facebook*?
How is it even okay to actually CALL someone who just lost a child in an unprecedented act of violence a FAKER?
Where did our compassion go? Our gentleness? Our patience?
We’ve turned into a society of haters and screamers.
And sometimes I feel like Rodney King in the midst of the fires of a riot, wondering aloud, Can’t we all just get along?
We’re all human. We love, we sleep, we eat, we cry, we feel pain. We live, we die.
I wish I felt like we all remembered that.
*I’m not kidding, either: the night of the election, a Facebook “friend” of mine posted that as her status update. Not that I planned on voting for Mitt Romney at the time, but I also don’t believe that people who voted for him were idiots.