and entirely owned by corporations. I think I’m generally an optimistic and happy person. I don’t really stress about my life because in the grand scope of things, it’s fucking fantastic. And in general I enjoy myself, appreciate what I have and I consider my time well spent. But when it comes to politics and the overall state of this world I’m incredibly cynical. I worry about global warming, consumerism, the waste of so many resources, war, murdering animals, gun control, the richest 1% literally owning this country, what an asshole America is to everybody else, the backseat education takes on the list of things that matter in our culture, and the moral dilemma of raising children in a world we won’t be able to inhabit for long if things keep up the way they are. I could go on and on but the fact is I worry to much. I think if everybody worried about it as much as I did maybe things would be different. Who knows.
Most of all, I’m just tired of people thinking they’re so damn entitled … to anything. I’m surrounded by it constantly, and it brings my spirits down. Regardless of race, class, religion, country … people are all the same. And we are all sharing this planet … even if none of us want to act like it. Bottom line, we all just want to get by. That illegal immigrant? He’s probably got kids he needs to feed, just like you. That homeless guy on the corner? Fuck, he’s homeless … I’d want a beer too. That woman with no health insurance, she just wants to live a little longer … not rob and steal or kill anybody. People are not poor because they deserve it (though they sure are treated that way), and casting judgments without understanding is the cruelest thing we can do.
Everybody just wants to get by: food, water, shelter. When the term “socialism” is mocked, I can’t say I understand that. Yes, when it comes to policy and how it’s carried out, there are bound to be better ways than others. But what is so bad about everybody being taken care of? Coming together and creating a better system for all of us? Not letting those who sit at the top exploit the physical labor of others and give nothing back? Instead, we let the media instill fear us … convince us that we need guns to protect ourselves, and lock our doors at night because everybody else is out to get you. The world is full of “crazies” and you better watch out, dammit. There is always an “us” and the “other.” But that distinction doesn’t have to exist, if we don’t want it to.
We are all the same.
We are all the same.
Ann Druyan, talking about her husband Carl Sagan
Love the one you’re with.