It’s important to stand up for your principles and your beliefs. It’s also important to know when to change your mind, for yourself. Whenever I’d make the more logical argument in school, often times I’d stand alone. Sometimes I’d realize I was wrong, but sometimes people just didn’t understand why I was right. I remember two particular instances.
My mother told me that being grateful is one of the keys to happiness. She told me this after I have expressed how grateful I am for everything in my life multiple times. That makes it sound curt, but it’s not. She helped me buy a new TV, and I’m grateful for that. She’s helped me and been there for me whenever I’ve needed her, whether I’m depressed or angry. She’s my best friend and I love her a lot. I’m grateful that I can have a mother like her.
I am a homosexual, and an atheist. I’m also white and male. Does that mean I have had the power and privilege to be who I am in my life, things that put me at odds with those in power? Atheists are immoral, sad, angry at God, and don’t believe in anything. Homosexuals are deviants, child molesters, and they caused AIDs. Whites are inherently racist as they occupy a cultural position of power in such a way that only they can be racist. Males have forever denigrated, objectified, enslaved, and raped the fairer sex (did I just say that?). Yet, I have done none of these things. I have nothing to apologize for in terms of my lack of color, or my genitalia. I have nothing to apologize for because I am an individual. I am not solely a homosexual, I am not solely an atheist, and it doesn’t matter if I’m white or male. I am an individual who’s approach and choices have shaped myself into a complex human creature.
The thing about this blog is that I imagined it as both a place for me to share my life, but also to share the beauty of my friend’s lives. So, in that vein, I’ll be inviting my friends to also write in this blog as well. This will include my husband Maus for now. When a different blogger posts an entry, for that single entry the sidebar’s will change. As well, it won’t post on my social media, it’ll post on their social media.
A selfish man would recognize the sources of his wealth, both from himself and others. In that recognition he will trade with the others for their contribution to his life. He will ask of them what their terms are, for without them nothing would’ve been made. Only a whimsical man would feign to act as if the ideas, the original rational thoughts of others, were his own. Materially, he would be shunned by the producers, by the selfish man for his second-handedness. His dishonesty would eventually ruin him.