Submitted by -PicturesofGrandma
This book seems to be full of insightful questions that provoke true thought. The Quickwrite on P. 559 brought another powerful thought from me, this time on how it feels when I fight with a loved one:
The anger within me rages like the inferno of the blacksmith’s forge. It melts the pain so it can be put into the mold to make the daggers shot by my eyes. Whatever pain is left over gets thrown away with all of the other scrap emotions.
Quickwrite P. 534 of my book went from a simple writing exercise to me writing out my life views. It is funny how things like this can turn out. And now, for your enjoyment or whatever you gain from reading other peoples’ writings, here it is:
I like to think about everything. The shadow on the wall, the vastness of space, the movie that comes out next week, and just how small we truly are. In everyday life I focus more on the big picture and how what I do today will affect me in ten, twenty, fifty, more years. Most things are inconsequential to my future, and nothing I have ever done, nothing I am likely to do, has had a great effect on the world, let alone the solar system, the cluster, the galaxy, the universe. However, this is when I turn to the details and the little things in my life that are important to me and the ones I care about. I will do things that help myself, my friends, and my family, though not in that order. Then, when things get tough and the stresses of life start getting to me, I take a step back again and turn to the big picture once more. Things are never that bad in the grand scheme, and it is just a waiting game until life changes once more, back to being better. Sometimes, this change comes far after you wished it would, but it is better now and you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy your life once more.
I have been feeling the need to vent some things, and I feel that this would be a good place to do so. This is going to be about several things, will contain a lot of rambling, will likely have little to no organization, and more than a little angst/whining, so bear with me for the duration of the post.
I remember about a month ago when a friend of mine was talking to me about how they were pissed off because some people were making a bunch of derogatory jokes about a group of people (I believe it was some racist jokes about black people and some n-bombs) in a chat room and the moderator was encouraging it. I have to say, if I had been there, I probably would have been participating in the joke-making. Now, before you get all angry at me, hear me out. I believe that we are incredibly sensitive to making sure we don’t stereotype people, and this is a good thing. However, I also believe that moving on from having stereotyping be such a big issue is a good thing, just as I believe that having Black History Month is a good thing but when we move to the point of not needing it would be better. Once we stop taking it so seriously, we have moved on past the point where it is an issue. Yes, there were horrible things done by certain groups of people to other groups of people. But why is it so bad to make the situation lighter? Why is it so evil to make a prejudiced joke, as long as it isn’t truly meant? It shows we are moving past it being a terrible thing and that we are getting to the point where we no longer mean those prejudiced things we say. I make prejudiced jokes quite a lot, but you know what? I am one of the most active anti-stereotyping people I know. I even dislike making generalizations that are true, simply because it is a generalization. I am a very detail-oriented person and thus hate generalizing about anything. Anyways, TL;DR for this paragraph: racist/sexist/whatever prejudice jokes can be funny and you shouldn’t actually get angry at them.
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And as I should be getting to sleep because of how exhausted I am, I will have to leave this here.