I haven’t done, like, a Sociology about this, but I strongly suspect that a significant percentage of us are struggling with the fact that many of the benchmarks for different stages of adulthood that we grew up with no longer apply to us, and it’s causing us to feel unmoored.
Adults are supposed to get married. A lot of us aren’t getting married. Adults are supposed to have kids. A lot of us aren’t doing that. Adults are supposed to get past college and get a Real Job. A lot of us aren’t doing that.
Hey here’s a ridiculous proposition, how about people in relationships just talk supportively to each other like human fucking beings who care
Everyone’s experience of mental illness is different. How everyone lives with it is different. You are going to learn jack shit about my psyche by SPYING ON ME but I am sure as shit going to learn a lot about your creepy ass.
Also mental illness is not an STD oh my fucking GOD
Our “fellow Americans” voted him into office and are cheerfully supporting him because of his racism rather than in spite of it, and our elected “fellow Americans” are at best standing by while thousands die and at worst helping it happpen.
I am careful of my language. I am saying precisely what I mean, precisely in the way I mean to say it. That’s my entire fucking point, jfc
Sorry, it’s just that all that “a house divided against itself cannot stand” bullshit enrages me right now, because it subtly presupposes that some evil puppet masters on high did this rather than A FULL FUCKING THIRD OF OUR FUCKING HOUSE
Something that’s become a refrain I hear constantly over the course of the last year or so is “I don’t know how to convince someone that they should care about other human beings.”
And that’s why there’s a gulf here we can’t bridge, and therefore conversations we can’t have.
If we can’t get as far as “all human beings deserve a minimum level of respect” then we might as well be speaking a completely different language. Except worse than that, because many languages contain a lot of the same basic assumptions about how stuff works.
I quite simply do not know how to have a discussion about human rights with someone who thinks that doing a particular thing or being a particular kind of person means you can be stripped of the most important components of those rights.
It's absolutely bizarre to me how otherwise smart observers/journalists don't seem to understand what's happening here and what's probably going to happen next, and if the rental car companies fleeing the NRA doesn't drive it home, I'm not sure what will.
They're all like "well, nothing much is going to change immediately because you're not going to change Republicans' minds, but maybe this will enable something to happen five or ten years down the road."
My dudes. *How do you not get this.*
The kids know that. The new rise of activists know that. They're not trying to change minds. They're going to fucking *vote*, and they're going to *make everyone else they know vote too.*
And they're making the NRA/gun lobby too toxic to go near.