Lemme take you to an age before the days of Netflix
A time before you and I, when people made their own bricks
That’s right you pussy boys and girls – “Hold on a sec what year is this?”
One fucking seven, mother fucking seven six
That was the year that we stood and said, E-NUFF
“Take your shit back to Brit, this weak ass tea and other stuff”
“Hold on hat, you don’t like that? Go on get out your handcuff”
“I’m sick of all your taxes rather jump off Martha Vineyards bluff”
Waaaaait boyz, come on give me a break
The world’s been sleeping soundly now it’s fine’ly bout to be awake
Haven’t you heard? Healthcare should be a human right
Or could I be wrong? If so I don’t know why we fight
We’re changing the world, we stand here holding up our fists
All of you girls, get up and shame misogynists
We don’t like a President who judges people by their skin
Thank the God that we don’t think is real that none of us are Indian
Hooooold up, this isn’t what we fought for
We’re so ashamed at what became we’re rising out of Rushmore
It’s obvious that all you dweebs are needing this here crash course
So thank God you’re talking to the fucking eagle-blooded source
This. Isn’t. What. We. Had. In. Mind.
All. You. Do. Is. Bitch. And. Whine.
Man the fuck up, grow some balls and make this country free again
Turn off your TVs and fucking re-learn how to reason, men
Um, excuse me please, but you just sound like a big jerk
America today is different, watch us dance and watch us twerk
So get used to this new way of the world and new reality
How dare you scoff at human rights and my gender mentality
HA! Look! We’ve got them right where we want
They’re so accused of being used they can’t tell New York from Vermont!
Now it’s time to move while they have this dumb discussion
We shall crush them all with haste and make these morons Russian!
Hello friends! Matt here.
Okay. So it seems we might have reached somewhat of an impasse, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s take a look at things from its highest level.
In its most basic form, we have the left versus the right. Now, that’s the general description. Mind you, some people believe in right stuff and maybe a left thing or two and vice versa, but ultimately, you get the point. SO! Knowing that we all have different stances on one thing or the other, let’s take into consideration the concept of perspective. This is probably going to sound like elementary to some of you, but this is literally what is apparently being required. So don’t blame me.
Now, let’s start with the fundamentals. There are three sides to everything in life. They are:
- Side 1: Your side.
- Side 2: Their side.
- Side 3: Reality.
Let’s review. Every argument ever will have two opposing sides, both of which will try to articulate why they are correct.
Now, your thoughts and beliefs on what is “right” and what is “wrong” may differ from that of your opponent’s. Let’s take abortion, for example. Some of you think aborting a fetus is killing a soul. Some of you believe it is not, and it is merely a few pieces of biological tissue. So there are your two sides. The truth is, we do not know. That is reality. We don’t know if there is a soul in that fetus, just like we don’t know there is a God. It is a faith based system. This is not sacrilege, this is common sense. Any Christian will tell you that their religion is based on faith, not proof. I chose this example because its the best to dictate the point here: there is a Side 1, a Side 2, and a reality. A reality which we cannot fully, 100% say is true or false.
So, back to the getting along part. In order for anyone, anywhere, ever, to get along – you must remove yourself from being offended by people who believe in Side 2 (Their side). You must be okay that other people do not think the same way as you, and thus must respect their “perspective”. This post should serve as the perfect exercise, since so many people become “offended” when you even consider the fact that we might be alone. Believe me, I don’t want that to be the case. In fact that would quite literally terrify me. But I’m confident enough in my convictions and beliefs to the point where if someone else tries to explain their point of view and how it conflicts with mine…I wouldn’t get offended. I can honestly say I perfectly respect people who truly think Gays shouldn’t marry. I can respect the ones who say abortion should be legal. Because I know that we live in an imperfect world, and my opinion will never be the absolute necessary one to apply to reality.
This stuff is very simple. It really, really, is. Just stop getting offended. Talk about your point of view with the acknowledgement that the other person might think differently, and if they do, you are still going to live. Don’t feel compelled to control the minds of other people. Don’t disrespect them for having their own beliefs. Now, will someone find a way to read this and say well X is why we can’t get along? Yes, that is going to happen. Unfortunately. But again, that is going to be due to their inability to simply be okay with a conflicting perspective.
Anyway, this is a very simple system. And it should be most easy to follow. If, of course, we allow ourselves to.
I hope you enjoyed The Guide to Getting Along.
It’s been awhile since I’ve written about social things, what with all this poetry business and so on. But I just finished watching a really interesting documentary on Vice called “A House Divided”. It basically went over the Obama presidency and how he did and didn’t accomplish things he planned on accomplishing back in ’08 when he was first elected (it’s on HBO, check it out if you find time).
But they brought up some very good points. The “American system” has completely changed over the past few years. It’s almost as if the world is growing at such an absurd rate that the structures and institutions our society relies on can’t keep up.
Take the election, for one. The tech revolution has given people such an enormous array of news outlets to choose from – from syndicated news, to bloggers, to Facebook statuses posted from parents basements. It’s a HUGE field of content that more often than not completely plays to one side or the other, depending on the creators politics. Sure, we all joke about the media and how unreliable it is, but this is actually having a real effect on the world and our reality. Take a minute to consider your own views. How are they formed? What sources do you rely on for information? It’s easy to overlook these things day to day, I know. But it’s more important than most of us probably think.
Perhaps the most chilling comment of the show was when one of the political analysts made the sobering (albeit true) remark that all great empires have a rise and fall. He followed that up with the fact that he was literally moving his family to New Zealand or some Scandinavian country (I forget) because he thinks America is basically in its declining stage.
Now, I’m not trying to fear-monger, but I am trying to reflect on the bigger picture implications of today’s society. The world has flashed forward at an unprecedented pace, and I think we’re beginning to see the growing pains with this recent election, Brexit, and all the institutional problems we’re seeing today. But where do we even begin if we are to try and figure out what’s going on?
I honesty have no idea. One thing I do know, however, is that the world I knew growing up is most definitely not the same one we live in now. And I imagine that trend isn’t going to let up anytime soon. These are exciting times, no doubts there. I daresay we’re at a very pivotal point in our species timeline. Let’s hope we don’t muck it up.
Relief. Fear. Excitement. Disappointment. Intrigue.
Just when we thought we’d reached a boiling point, emotions (and with them, tensions) are at an all-time high in this country of ours. The entire world looks to us as it wonders what we will do next as a nation which has historically set the example of how industrialized society should conduct itself. It is difficult to argue that the United States has, over time, carved itself into the role of older brother to the rest of its peers – the innovator, experimenter, and deviant who paves the way for others to follow. It’s economic, cultural, and military influence has long dominated the planet, creating a massive responsibility for itself of upholding the core values upon which it was founded.
For those in my generation, we have witnessed a very depressed version of The American Dream – as our only perception of society since entering the work force has dealt with near-unprecedented economic decline, political corruption, and heightened social tensions. We’ve witnessed mass murders on a frequency never before seen. We saw the financial collapse of ’08 just as we graduated college. We experienced millions having their homes helplessly stripped away during the housing & mortgage crises. We watched as civilians were killed at the hands of those sworn to protect, simultaneously begging the question of whether these incidents were simply exacerbated by a cruel and manipulative media seeking to create a distraction. Heck, one of our first adult memories was 9/11.
Perhaps those reading this will think I’m being too harsh. Regardless, one thing is true: people my age have never been fortunate enough to experience the America our parents told us about. Our narrative has been dominated by violence, divisiveness, and the greatest wealth gap in our history.
Yes, it’s suffice to say that we could all use a break.
Thankfully, our country is vehemently fighting a crucial battle of tipping the scales; one that will quite literally dictate life as we know it in the coming years and likely decades. This “we’ve had enough” mentality, for better or worse, just resulted in what I daresay was one of the greatest political upsets in the history of the world. For once, no amount of money, power, or corruption could subdue the voice that the masses so loudly cried. You may not support the president-elect, but any respectable person has to agree that those who hold high society in contempt have finally gotten what they asked for – someone they believe will fight for them. And soon, as the world looks on in both frightened & hopeful anticipation, we will discover if that historically muffled voice will be heard.
Its going to go one of two ways. The man will rise above the hate, pushing the doubts aside and become one of our greatest leaders ever – or he will epically stumble and fall. Regarding his journey of overcoming unbelievable odds, I can’t help but be reminded of the metaphorical dog who finally catches that car he’s spent a lifetime chasing; that moment of now what? Donald Trump has at last caught the one position with which he’s spent a lifetime flirting, and only time will tell what he does with it.
I, for one, am hopeful. Maybe it’s my mother’s optimism shining through. Perhaps it’s childish naïveté. In any case, hope is all we can cling to as we ride this wave into the unpredictable waters ahead. As citizens, however, it’s incumbent upon us to give the man a chance. If we shut down, cross our arms like children and refuse, then we embody the exact judgmental attitude that we all claim to despise. It’s imperative that we maintain open minds if we expect this place to get any better.
I think we can all agree that one thing is true, no matter where we stand.
There has never been a more important time for us to stick together.