Those of you who know me personally know that I love to question things. I’m a big fan of not just accepting/going with the flow, I want to know WHY? Why is this wrong? Why do I have to eat this funny looking food? Where are my taxes going? What does this “convenience” fee (roll eyes) cover? Etc.
There are always grey areas, nothing is ever just black and white, but most people decide not to look for them. People are either just blissfully ignorant, blindly following one source, or they just don’t give a shit. This to me is exceptionally frustrating because there is so much crap going on in our world right now and people don’t give a flying fuck because they’re too busy watching a show about rich bearded red necks to see how much we are being fucked over by those that are supposed to be in charge! I mean I know I said this in a past blog, but Harper lifted the protection on most of our fresh water!!! WATER!!! You know we need that shit to live? Oh by the way, this is also the man who fought to keep asbestos off the hazardous materials list because, you know, we’re making a profit selling it to India even though it causes slow and painful death.
Even Obama, a dude who I initially thought was alright when he came around has shown us he is nothing but a puppet to big business and is all too willing to bend over them. He has illegally been monitoring the entire USA! Nixon wire tapped a hotel and was impeached, but when you wire tap your entire country it’s fine (and you basically put a hit out on the poor bastard who blew the whistle).
I think we need to take a page from Iceland before I just up and move there. A couple years ago Iceland overthrew their government and had them replaced because of their shady dealings and tactics. And do you know what the best part is? It was peaceful! Hördur Torfason started a protest with the power of the brain. When there were riots, rioters were throwing rocks at the police. Torfason’s people walked in between the police and the rioters to show both sides that they were the people of the same nation and that they should be under one cause; to make their nation a better place. Watch an interview with him here.
I feel like that is one of the biggest problems with protests is that they often are negatively affecting the people who they should be wanting to be on their side more than the ones they are initially against. In my own experience, I recently attended a protest against Monsanto in the city I live in. Monsanto is a company that genetically modifies food for profit and is not only using everyone who eats their food as a lab rat (no joke), but their products are killing off bees and butterflies. Now I’m sure most people understand why bees dying off are bad, but some might say, what does a butterfly have to do with me? Well, if it’s killing them, imagine what it’s doing to you, internally. Anyway, I’m getting off topic. My point is, at this protest, where I was a protestor, there were certain individuals who were trying to block the street off so that traffic would back up. This to me seemed like a stupid thing to do. You are pissing off the people you are trying to reach and when they’re pissed off, I’m sure they don’t give two shits about what you’re trying to tell them. Some were also hassling the police who were not there to stop us, tell us to be quiet, or anything like that. They were just there to make sure everyone was safe.
Now this experience also relates to my point about people needing to realize that things aren’t just black and white. This happens on both sides! There were protestors there that were protesting that there was poison in their food, but they were smoking cigarettes. I saw this and thought, “Really? You don’t want poison in your food, but you’re more than happy to pay to inhale it directly into your blood stream?” There was also the woman who blamed Monsanto for her obesity… Anyway, my point is, we all need to look into everything. It’s incredibly tempting and easy to jump on the first bit of information that supports what you believe or want to believe, but you should always look into it. Stay away from that band wagon, and ask why?
I have to try at this everyday too. I see an article or video that supports an idea or belief that I have and I go over the moon, but I have to tell myself to stop and look more into it. Who made this study? Where’s the research? Is this a ploy? There are at least two sides to everything, just make sure you are not afraid to question it! That includes everything I've written here. Don't just take my word for it, look it up and then make an educated opinion on the issues that plague us.
Alright, so I may have more to say on that later, but for now I’ll leave you alone.
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P.S. Here’s a sneak peek at the new artwork I’ve been working on for the new release!