When Ignorance Stops Being Forgivable

Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!

~ Leonardo Da Vinci

I believe in education.  I also understand that not everyone has the means and opportunity to go to university.  That said, not everyone receives a decent education at university, or might not remember if they did.  However, everyone does have the ability to educate themselves.  It costs nothing to read a newspaper, magazine, or hell – a BOOK.

I believe that no matter what your moral standing is, or what your religious upbringing was, you have a responsibility to yourself to seek out differing beliefs and views, if nothing more than to try and understand the world around you better.

I believe everyone grew up either poor, middle-class, or well-off.  Your circumstances may have changed or stayed the same as you aged, but your impressionable time as a child has a great impact on how you view the economy and social economics as an adult.

What I do not agree with is framing your life around what you believe to be true in your sheltered existence, and attacking others who experience things differently than you.  

I have a hard time reconciling the ongoing attack against the poverty-stricken in this country by those who align themselves with the 1%, stating things like “Why should those who earned their money be ashamed?”  The fact is, no one is shaming wealthy individuals.  What is being said is why do we as a country have such a high poverty rate, while a good number of those who are abundantly wealthy did not “earn their money,” but inherited it.  The thing is, it is typically those who never wanted for anything growing up (and who – even now – do not work), that have a real issue with the idea of helping the poor.

It isn’t hard to find out information about any subject these days.  A million years ago when I was a student, there was no internet.  I spent a lot of time in the library.  Many in my small town spent their time at the beach, the mall, or slutting it up in some guy’s trailer.  (Don’t get me wrong, I had my moments)  But in this day-and-age, you have the opportunity to Google something, to ask a question, to open a book.  Yet, with all the opportunities to educate ourselves, some still live in that small town and get their information spoon-fed to them from other individuals who report what they believe and believe what they report.

I joined Facebook 2 years ago.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t technically savvy or socially inept, I was prevented from participating in social networking because of my work.  Once I had a child and stopped working, I figured “why not?”  The past 2 years have been so stressful, primarily because of that damn social network.  People are so offensive, mean, cruel…and ignorant.  But like I said…there is no excuse for ignorance anymore.

If you believe all Muslims are terrorists, you are ignorant.  If you believe that all police officers are perfect angels, you are ignorant.  If you believe that Planned Parenthood kidnaps pregnant women to abort their fetus’ and sell them on the black market, you are ignorant.  If you believe that your political party is the only way to Christ, you are ignorant.  If you don’t know the definition of a word, and instead of looking it up, proclaim said word to be akin to Stalin-esque communism, you are ignorant.  Blindly walking through life, believing everything you’re told, not finding out the truth in anything, and not making any decisions for yourself is no way to live.

Today I un-friended one of my cousins on Facebook.  Not for family squabbles, but because of her continued battle-dress-ignorance and belligerent social attacks on anyone who believes differently from her.  Upon doing so, I was subjected to an hour of instant messages and text messages calling me immature.

Happy Monday To You…

I’m one of the few people in the world who loves Mondays.  Mainly because my husband goes back to work and my son & I can get back on schedule.  I love my husband, but by Sunday evening, I am very ready for him to be out of the house.  Here are some other thoughts I’ve had this weekend:

1.  Having extended family of in-laws thrust upon you, being told to entertain them, and watching them look down their highbrow noses at my small town and local Irish pub – exactly how I enjoy spending my Saturday.

2.  I think parents of teenagers shouldn’t allow them to play in the kids play area of fast-food restaurants.  My tiny child is not only frightened by them, but runs the risk of being mowed down and injured.

3.  My mother-in-law brought me a belated birthday present, and hid cash all over it.  That may have been the sweetest, most endearing thing ever.  It meant much, and it helped even more.

4.  I’m pretty sure my husband has no intention of putting up the Halloween decorations outside.

5.  Today I noticed my son was actually singing along with the ABC’s song on his toys.  He’s now saying A B C D back to me when I sing it to him.  Well, in his adorable “I’m not really talking, yet” way.

6.  I think fast-food should be fast.  My husband waited 10 minutes for french fries at Burger King, and what he was given was ice cold.  I forced him to take them back, and guess what?  The kid took the box of fries AND THREW THEM BACK IN WITH THE REST FOR THE NEXT CUSTOMER!

7.  My Father-In-Law has been ill recently.  What we thought was cleared up (as played up by his wife), apparently is not.  Beside the fact that he’s in his 70’s and has Parkinson’s, I’m genuinely concerned that this may be the beginning of the end.  My husband has never experienced anything like this, and I’m not sure he realizes his parents aren’t immortal.

8.  I’m so pissed off that I went all the way to Target, had a coupon, and a cartwheel offer, to get their organic eggs.  And guess what?  I bought eggs, alright…but they weren’t effing organic!  I’m furious as they were sooo expensive.  I would never pay that much for conventional eggs!

9.  I have never been more excited to open an electric bill.  It was $100 CHEAPER than last month!

10.  My son has recently decided he loves his mommy.  In fact, he won’t leave my side…not while I’m cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, going to the bathroom, even sleeping.  Mommy’s tired.

What I Love About My Son This Week

1.  The sound of him talking to himself while playing in his room

2.  The way he looks walking along with his dad…so tiny, yet so sure of himself

3.  How curious he is about anything away from home

4.  His determination to walk where he wants, when he wants, with no interference from us parents

5.  That he was such a big boy at the pediatrician yesterday (for the first time, ever!)

6.  How he cried and cried until I held him last night, then cuddled me so tight it was like he actually loved me, LOL!

7.  The way he parrots my laugh and we go back-and-forth, laughing until he gets bored

8.  How he smiles when he catches my eye from across the room

9.  When he occasionally runs to me and gives me a big hug

10.  His current and hilarious fixation on putting his toys in my cleavage – too funny!

 

What The Weekend Taught Me

1.  Sometimes I’m not all that in love with my husband, LOL!

2.  My son is adorable

3.  The rain waits for no man – or parade…

4.  Takeout can be an absolute god-send

5.  Playing Xbox while my son sleeps is a great idea

6.  Weekends should really only be 2 days, not 3

7.  Sleep is suddenly hard to come by

8.  Forget Spring, fall cleaning is the real deal

9.  Buying Christmas cards in October is a GOOD idea!

10.  You just have to let go of things when it comes to in-laws in their 70’s

Facebook Friday

I’m new to Facebook.  There is no question that I’m not a social butterfly with all these connection media sites.  I spent many years essentially prohibited from using Facebook, so as soon as I quit my job, I signed up.  Only, I still don’t trust that site, so I don’t have any pictures of myself or my kid up.  I only have a few friends, and I essentially use it to follow what they’re saying and read about companies I like.

So when my timeline is littered with vicious political rants (by people who have no education and don’t even know how the government works), I find it difficult to enjoy using Facebook.  That’s why I’ve made a point to not friend my extended family.  However some got through, and their meanness did, too.

I believe in the right to have your own opinion and to share it whenever and however you like.  But what I don’t believe in is saying that you are the sole authority on how the United States Government works, and belittling other people who feel differently from you.  Especially when you didn’t graduate high school and the people you are wagging your finger at have advanced degrees in Political Science, LOL!  Trust me, the government is not run by a single man who has carte blanche to do whatever he wants.  There is a system in place, which includes advisors, congress, not to mention a bazillion laws.  Seriously, take a high school civics/government course, then come back and voice your opinion.

Until then, I am ignoring your viciousness and ignorance, and truthfully – you, altogether.