Laura Tries to Say Something

TW: Profanity. Discussion of the state of the world.

I’m going to try to keep the cursing to a minimum because someday I want this to become a professional-type blog? Not to mention a wise person once said, “Profanity is what you use when you lack creativity”.

But there is the slight problem of there being several things that have happened in the world that both break my heart and drive me to a near manic ferocity. Such as:

  1. The shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis.
  2. The attack on Paris by Isis.
  3. The subsequent backlash against Muslims world-wide and the particularly virulent hate being spewed in the United States.
  4. The attack on a Planned Parenthood in Colorado.
  5. The massacre in San Bernadino.

And this, of course, is only what I’m aware of through my painfully limited knowledge of current events. There are, I’m sure, thousands more atrocities occurring outside my Western-centric worldview.

I wanted to write about each of these incidents separately, but they all sort of happened before I could process the first one. I’ve also been worried about my gaping ignorance. I will probably say something wrong and therefore my whole argument might be dismissed.

But this is my whole argument: let’s love each other.

There is enough hatred and pain and suffering and fear in the world without us adding any more to it. Love your friends, love your family, love strangers who you’ve never met before. Love the people you don’t want to love, because it’s the only thing that’s going to make this stupid crazy world any better.

There are all these historical and societal factors to overcome: the history of racial oppression and violence in the United States, the history of Islamophobia, the history of misogyny, the appalling and FUCKING RIDICULOUS lack of gun control (THE SOLE PURPOSE OF A GUN IS TO KILL PEOPLE. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE CONTINUE TO SELL THEM IN THE UNITED STATES), and the many other complex and real issues that cause hatred and violence in the world.

I do not have the answers. I am trying my best to learn more and to speak up when I can.

But come on, just be better. Love more. With your whole heart if you can.

Fight for Black Lives Matter. Fight to protect Muslims in the United States and around the world. Fight to provide women the right of physical autonomy. Fight with love and only love.

That’s all I got.




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