So, it’s been awhile since I got a good belly laugh of a writing idea, but this morning it hit me. I’ve been looking at the whole Republican versus Democrat debate through the wrong set of eyes. I’ll warn you upfront, this gets a little bit political, but not a lot. And, if you can’t be humorous about things, I’d suggest taking a detour off my blog page right about now.
We’ll henceforth refer to the Republicans as “the right”, and the Democrats as “the left”. That should make most people a little more comfortable, because we all need to feel more comfortable, right?! Ugh!! I’ve been reading from both sides, and I must admit that it has started to feel utterly EXHAUSTING!! And then I was blown away with the greatest epiphany EVER! THIS FEELS LIKE A NORMAL MOM DAY!! Allow me to illustrate for you in the following analogy.
“Stop hitting me!!” “Stop kicking me!!” “Stop looking at me!!” “Stop making faces at me!!” “Stop mocking me!! “Mooooom- Janie’s mocking me!!” “Moooooom- Bobby’s kicking me!!!” “Moooooom- Janie’s breathing my air!!” “Moooooom- Bobby won’t stay on his side of the car!!” (Mom eventually resorts to the following line of “Do NOT make me pull this car over!!!”)
Let’s face it- the backseat argument between siblings can tend to get much longer and drawn out, and it isn’t limited to the backseat of a car either. With lines like “He started it”, or “She started it”, these are the bane of EVERY mother’s existence. It’s sort of like a “Mom Hell”!! And, that is exactly what I feel like I’m living in right now! The left pointing fingers at the right, and the right pointing fingers at the left, saying nasty things back and forth, eyeballing each other, drawing lines in the proverbial sand, and FOR WHAT??? Because they feel superior to one another??? Frankly, I don’t get it!! And, honestly, I don’t want to!!
This is, honestly, what happens when you allow OPINION to become the basis of reasoning in society. I don’t think anyone has ever had their “RIGHTS” violated by being told to keep their PERSONAL OPINIONS to themselves!! I won’t apologize to anyone who disagrees with that statement either. It’s time to grow up! PERSONAL OPINIONS are called such for a reason. They are PERSONAL!! If I didn’t ask for someone’s OPINION, be it political or otherwise, then why am I being subjected to seeing it or hearing it daily? The argument, from the left or the right, that this makes me a person who wishes to live in a bubble is BULLSHIT!! I read. A LOT!! I’ve read more novels, nonfiction and encyclopedias than you can imagine. As a young child of nine or ten, I had already graduated to the ADULT section of the library. I am a good deal well versed in the ways of the world. I study other cultures and countries. Perhaps, more to a point, I am far less TRAVELLED. But, that may be because of an economic inability to travel, and less with the desire to do so. I am not PRIVILEGED like the Hollywood “elite” or CEO’s of the world. I do not make MILLIONS of dollars a year. In fact, I do not even make a QUARTER of that. But, I digress. You might ask what MONEY has to do with anything. A LOT! Having money changes your perspective and perceptions of the world. I’ll talk more about that at a later time, perhaps.
Let’s travel back to the backseat to wrap this up, however. We all need to remember those backseat moments, as well as the words of wisdom we may have been given by our parents. I think if we all take two moments to stop “trying to be right” all the time, we might realize that there is TRUTH on BOTH the LEFT and the RIGHT. What we DON’T have is COMPROMISE!! Hating someone, or being hateful TOWARD someone, does not show ANYONE to be very empathetic. As an autistic, I was appalled by a comment made by a neurotypical individual yesterday about autistics and their “condition making display of empathy difficult”. Not only is that a FALSE statement, I find quite the REVERSE to be true. All one has to do is to look at the feeds of folks on the left AND the right. They are littered with words describing others (whom they do not know or have association with) as RACIST, HATEFUL, HOMOPHOBIC, XENOPHOBIC, NAZIS, IGNORANT, STUPID, FASCIST, NARCISSISTIC, CO-DEPENDENTS, DELUSIONAL, IDIOTS, and the list goes ON AND ON AND ON AND ON…..
If I have not made my point yet, I would suggest a healthy dose of reminiscing. And, if you’re a parent, take a look at moments from your own parenting life. If you can relate to the pure exhaustion, and understand the stupidity of the whole darn thing, then I’ve done my job here. If not….then we’re in worse shape than I previously had thought. In any case, that’s all I have for right now. See you again soon.