Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Pt. 36 - Failing Hard.

Day 77 - May 30th

Untitled     I have so much on my mind this morning - as does most of the world, I would think. Riots over violent and racist acts against people of color are raging across the country, and there's some speculation that they're being started (or rather, hijacked) from the wrong side. It's so hard to know what to believe. The yogi in me recoils at the sight of violence and wants to stand by the idea that violence doesn't solve violence, but unfortunately, our country has been pushed to some ugly limits. The other day I saw a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that his son put on Twitter to remind the masses. "A riot is the language of the unheard." There's been too much oppression and ugliness. Of course this is happening. On a much smaller, insignificant scale I think about how I ask my kids to do something multiple times and they don't hear me until I yell and then they say, "geez, you didn't have to yell!" and act like I'm crazy for being "out of control". You can't expect people to remain poised and civil if you refuse to hear them so you can continue on in your blissful, comfortable, ignorant state. My kids ignore me so they can keep their blinders on to the messes in our house, avoid cleaning or doing chores, and keep on having fun with their toys and games. The people of privilege in this country want to stay in their positions of power, keep their easily accessible, quickly delivered items of luxury and indulgence, and ignore the suffering people that make all of that possible. Remaining ignorant to the ways they are harmed, abused, ignored, minimized, and discriminated against. I hate the way this country is set up. And I realize that I get to say that from a privileged standpoint, but I'm so incredibly embarrassed to be an American right now. America is failing, and it's failing hard.

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