So, it’s an election year.
Apparently, this means it’s time to all pick sides, and then stand on our respective side while making faces and generally being mean to those who are on the other side. There’s lots of name calling, finger pointing, posturing and generally brattiness.
At least, that’s what I see. A lot of people acting towards each other in ways that, were my children doing it, would result in serious repercussions. The people who post about how horrible bullying is turn right around and do it in the name of politics. Or religion. Or chicken sandwiches. Or whatever.
I posted this to my personal FB page a couple months ago, because I was so.flipping.tired. of the rhetoric being thrown about. I’m still tired of it. I’m a big fan of people being able to be individuals. Of us having different opinions on things, different ideas of what’s right and wrong. It’s part of what makes us great, and helps us grow as a society.
I don’t want to be just like you.
I don’t want you to be just like me.
I want you to be you. I like me the way I am, and I like you the way you are! We don’t have to agree on everything for me to KNOW you’re a great person!
It’s OK for us to just be ourselves.
So, without further ado, my thoughts from earlier this year.
I've avoided saying much, but it's kind of a big deal, and I have opinions. Like everyone else, I'm afforded the right to share them.
I am not opposed to marriage equality.
I know lots of people who are, and for the most part, we are all respectfully agreeing to disagree. I'm cool with that.
I do NOT, in any way, support hate or intolerance of differing opinions. You don't like my opinion, that's cool, but don't attack me for it. In turn, I may not like or agree with your opinion, but I won't attack you for it.
You want to support a business because you agree with the publicly stated views of an executive, great! Please be respectful of others. You want to boycott a business because of those stated views, great! Please be respectful of others.
Our problem here is not marriage equality, gender equality, Republican, Democrat, Christian, Atheist, Pagan, blah blah blah. Our problem?
A complete and total lack of respect, both for others and for ourselves.
There's my two cents.