I’m somewhat intoxicated but I’ll try to keep my handwriting legible. We’ll see how that goes.
It has come to my attention recently that I have made a glaring error in my blogging, leading some readers to be confused as to who I am. Now, I’m normally a very private person and refuse to share many details about my life, but this air of mystery has left one big question unanswered.
Am I a skinhead?
White power skinheads are members of a white supremacist and antisemitic offshoot of the skinhead subculture. Many of them are affiliated with white nationalist organizations. (Wikipedia)
Anyone who’s read for a while knows how little I like social media. As much benefit as they might have (Arab spring), they are just as often used by not-so-nice people to recruit others to their cause (every -ist you can think of). Those are extreme examples, the outliers if you will, but the everyday stuff is often just as poisonous. Social media is like the land of narcissism, promoting those that are ridiculous or ridiculously attractive, encouraging everyone to shout louder and louder to gain attention.
That shit scares me. I can’t imagine being a kid growing up in all this immediate gratification, pleading for attention, and daily bombardment of bullshit. I’ll just give you one example before getting off that particular soap box. Just pretend for a moment you’re a fourteen year old girl on social media, the more revealing the outfit, the more risque, the more attention they’re going to get. Good and bad. Lovers and haters and bullies and trolls and friends and men with less than pure intentions. And how well are teenagers equipped to deal with that? They’re already wired to have less self control, raging hormones, and are more likely to have emotional swings. But it’s “cool” to be on social media, right? Hop on the bandwagon.
And everything on the internet lasts forever. Continue reading
You’ll have to forgive the break from trip posts for a moment, it’s been a crazy few days.
Sometimes the universe just slaps you in the face. You could say it’s a sign from God, Allah, Yahweh, whoever/whatever, but as an agnostic I like the idea of the great unknown and “the universe” is a nice, ambiguous way to put it.
The problem with these proverbial slaps is that they don’t come with instructions or a convenient moral at the end. There’s no sky banner saying “That’s what you get for XYZ, asshole!”, or “Don’t forsake love for the better job in Denver!”, or whatever the applicable lesson should be. We just get bitch slapped and left wondering why.
Since returning from Australia I’ve had a series of unlucky, unfortunate events. At first, it was a few minor things not that far out of the ordinary but the magnitude and frequency of these events kept increasing. I went from thinking that maybe I was having a string of bad luck to thinking that the universe was trying to tell me something in an incredibly awkward and increasingly painful way. Whatever the lesson is, I’m not learning it quick enough. Continue reading