This old saying about a glass being half full or half empty is completely rethought here. A glass can be refilled. So that is something I am working on for myself. I have a glass that is in need of refreshment. Sometimes the third option is best.
OK, it’s Monday good people. May your coffee or tea get you through. Have a swell day. Let’s do this.
Reality can’t be hidden too long.
Today is Social Media Day which is observed annually on June 30th. In its short life, social media has redefined and revolutionized how people interact amongst each other, communicate and share with family, friends and the world. Social media has made it possible to stay connected and informed about with those important people in our lives.
Social Media is something to be used responsibly. It can be used for so much good but also for nefarious purposes. Every connection and communication is important and there are people on both sides of every post, Tweet and share. Keep on blogging my friends.
Serious question, do we live in the 21st century? There are lots of things that indicate we don’t. There have been some advances but not as many as one would hope.
People are still holding fast to the ideals of an earlier age. Banners of the losing team still fly as to intimidate people. Is it possible that another war like it would come to pass?
Old men are telling women what to do with their bodies and lives as it was the 19th century. LGBTQ people still struggle with acceptance. Transgender people are getting murdered. Intolerant religions seek to impose their values on those who don’t even believe as they do.
Racism is still the pandemic it always has been. Speaking of the pandemic we are going through a plague of our own now that has killed thousands.
Billy Joel once sang “We didn’t start the fire” that might be true but there comes a time when a generation has to put that fire out. That fire still burns and it’s been too long.
There are other problems, too many to list. When will it be the 21st Century, your guess is as good as mine because I have no idea.
Coronavirus and George Floyd without a doubt are the two stories that have dominated the public consciousness over the past few weeks. The virus and racism are things that are serious illnesses that everyone is contending with these days. It would be safe to say that both have caused much chaos in the order of things.
Can we say that the chaos we are experiencing is going to create lasting change. Perhaps a new way of living and thinking is being born. Normal life is being recreated and in my mind its for the better.
For too long the status quo has ruled the day but I recognize that is a highly personal situation. However in a universal sense the status quo got us to where we are in this point of history. There was no way anyone could have predicted a year ago the pandemic but racism has always been there. Racism of any type is wrong. It is the great sickness that has cost humanity dearly. Why are black people treated so badly?
My friends we are going through some hard times in the world we live in. How we answer the call and face the challenges will be recorded in our history books. Now is the time to learn to love more and hate less. Be mindful of the needs of others. We cannot afford to mess this up. The future of our world depends on it.
Right now we owe it to those who have lost their lives due to the virus and racism to make things better for everyone. Yes my friends Black Lives Matter. May those who need healing get it freely. As a person of faith I pray for all to be well sooner rather than later.
This blog has a heavy social justice element to it. As a person who feels deeply and cares about what’s going on around the world I want to post about it show support and awareness. Be warned I come from a center-left perspective and if what I post is too much then you have my blessing to unfollow. No hard feelings. Right now the world is in need of advocates for people who want to have rights and resources to make their lives better and I am answering that call. Some posts will have comments turned off because I don’t want any conflict between people. Thanks for your understanding and interest in what I have to say.
Everyone reading who reads blogs, Tweets, timeline posts, or watches vlogs and the like is actively involved in social media of some sort. There is a difference between opinion and fact, truth, and lies. Right now there is a bunch of gray between what is reality and fantasy. My friends having some certainty and stability in the chaos of this life we are all leading is so necessary right now.
My opinion of Donald Trump is that he is a vile, evil, son of a bitch who has no empathy or care for anyone other than himself. Others would differ.
With all that being said we live in a time when it has been documented that he and other politicians live somewhere between true and false statements.
In the pandemic age we live in we need facts and we are getting them from public health professionals who have studied and prepared for a time like this.
When it comes to democracy making it easier for people to vote and participate is necessary for any nation to choose the right people to lead and hopefully serve. To spread lies about mail-in voting does great harm.
My friends the regulation or deregulation depending on the circumstances of social media is a slippery slope. Especially when it’s coming from a person who uses the technology to bully, intimidate, lie, and to undermine our society. When you are supposed to be the leader of the free world words matter and his words seem to do great harm to many.
I am concerned because without checking the facts what can be said on Twitter might as well be the gospel truth in the mind of those who choose not to research further and to get more information. All of this is scary and everyone who is a content creator of some sort has to stand up and speak out. For many, their livelihoods are at stake.
My friends, be vigilant, and use the tools you have to make your voice heard and seen.