Anonymous asked: Does anyone else notice how you can't speak out against anything anymore without getting attacked for it? Especially with people that call for equality in EVERYTHING I'm not just talking one topic here, everything that you think is a big issue now, you can't disagree or else get verbally attacked & some horrible circumstances, physically attacked for it. Hypocritical much? I hate discussing any kind of issue anymore because of it. You can't simply agree to disagree anymore. Why?
Yeah of course. Everyone has a cause and opinions and that’s a great thing, but it gets out of hand. Sometimes you just have to let things go. You have to be able to laugh or shrug some things off. Everyone doesn’t have the same thoughts, so the casual usage of the word ‘mailman’ or something can really offend someone. It’s okay to be offended, it’s totally within your rights to stand up for what you believe in and that’s very important, but there’s no need for people to be rude/mean/snarky/cruel about it. If you want to correct it to ‘mail carrier’ you should be able to, but there’s no need to start a war.
Our generation has a lot more access to the news and politics today than ever before, which is a great thing. We hop online and get the major headlines and align ourselves with a certain side. The problem is, we aren’t always making well educated choices. We see a headline or an article or post, and instead of looking into it more deeply and doing our own research, we join that side that is naturally bias and could be twisting facts. With such access, we have a much higher obligation to make responsible choices of when and how to use our voices. Pick something important to you, research it, work within it, volunteer for it. Don’t just browse Yahoo News and then yell at every person who mentions North Carolina. If you’re going to be serious all the time, you better put serious thought into what you’re saying and what you’re standing for.
Voltaire’s belief was, ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ This doesn’t mean that what we say won’t get us attacked or yelled at or fought. Protesting groups obviously often experience physical and verbal backlash, as we’ve seen in Occupy. You have the right to say whatever you want, but so does everyone else, and you might get fought on it. If you’re just being lighthearted and don’t want to get into a fight, let it go. Ignore it. That’s your right, too. I think, personally, that you have to chose your battles. I’ll randomly start ranting about a commercial and everyone else in the room gives me the stink eye and I fold because it’s just a commercial, and they’re my friends, and now isn’t the time to throw a fit about how gendered cleaning supply commercials are.