I’m very tired right now. I’m tired of the news screaming bad, bad, bad things at me all day. I’m tired of hearing how horrible people are to each other and I’m so, so tired of hearing all about how much hate there is in the world. I’m tired of newspapers being so irresponsible in their reporting that fact-checking seems to now be seen as a nuisance and it’s all about getting clicks rather than reporting the news. If I weren’t already not-buying newspapers, I’d be boycotting them all by now.
I’m most tired of hearing how bad people are. Muslims are all terrorists, right-wing Christians are all homophobes, left-wing Christians just want to steal your hard-earned money and dole it out to work-shy scroungers. Tory supporters are all greedy, selfish ‘I’m-alright-Jack’ types and Labour supporters are lazy, feckless idiots who’d rather the government did their thinking for them. Men are all uncontrollable sex-hyped rapists and feminists are all men-hating shrews who want to emasculate everyone and demand higher status for women. We’re all so busy putting people into boxes we’re forgetting that groups are made of individuals.
Religion doesn’t make terrorists or homophobics. Feminists don’t make anti-male propaganda, any more than men are rapists. It’s just the fuckwads that do those things and that they happen to identify with any of those labels has as much to do with reality as bacon has to do with astrophysics.
One of my bestest friends made a blog post that says it much better than I can. What I’m saying is, people do bad things. Not groups. Not men. Not women. Just individuals, for individual reasons that might sometimes have to do with one thing or another, but only because they are tosspots to begin with.
Anyway. These boxes are the reason I’ve always kept my politics and my thoughts to myself. I’ve decided I don’t want to any more. I don’t want to be the person who sat back and kept quiet instead of speaking out on things that are wrong. I think it’s wrong that we treat people so callously, that we put them in boxes instead of seeing people as they are.
So, here I am.
I’m a dirty leftie-commie-socialist (still love you, Don). I think that I benefit personally when society as a whole is made better and socialism is the way to do that.
I voted Remain in the Brexit referendum because the free movement of people is one of the best things ever. It’s the beginning of the end of the ‘them vs us’ mindset.
I don’t have a religion but I believe very, very much that the universe will always balance out, perhaps not fairly but equally.
I couldn’t give a toss about the religion of others, I don’t care who you sleep with – as long as your partner is capable of giving consent – and I couldn’t give a flying who you want to vote for. Unless you’re voting in one of those book of the year/month/week/day competitions. In that case, Vote Me!
Sometimes I’m quite selfish and I don’t think about what I’m saying. I can be incredibly thoughtless, very stubborn, bad-tempered and at times, downright nasty. I’m all those bad things because I’m me. It’s got nothing to do with any labels I might carry.
Or the TL;DR version:
I got to bed too late and woke up grumpy.