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04 January 2004 @ 07:31 pm
"the awful truth"  
man this world is fucked up.

i had to stop and take a break before i threw something at the tv. i've been watching Michael Moore's The Awful Truth (Season 1) dvd that i got for christmas; the ignorance of so many, the blind injustice of those who run our countries, the inequalities, the lies, the deceit, everything. it makes me so angry that there truly is so much inequality in our world. it makes me angry that the first episode was about health insurance and the scheming ways the industries makes money off of people's ill health, and knowing that that's an industry i work in, that i see these schemes, perhaps not so much health insurance but other things, every day. it fucking disgusts me, and it's all about how much fucking money the big companies can make with no thought for anyone else. it's all about having the power and taking things from other people; all about profit at the expense of another person's pain. i turned the dvd off after episode 2, the one about gay rights and the shots of all those fanatics with their posters chanting "god hates fags, aids cures fags". and there were shots of these little kids holding signs nearly as big as them that said slogans such as those, and it made me so sad. kids growing up believing that homosexuality is wrong because their parents told them so.

why is our world so intolerant?

some of my closest friends, my more religious friends (and i'm NOT saying that religion = homophobia; just that these friends in particular have a habit of using god & the bible to back up their arguments. well not even arguments, more like mantras: "being gay is wrong, god says it's not right") think that homosexuality is wrong, that the people are messed up, there's something wrong with them and all those other statements we've come to recognise and disagree with. it saddens me that they can think that; and even sadder still that they can call themselves members of a certain religion and still advocate such intolerance and hatred. what happened to "practice what you preach"? or has that become outdated? but i can try and debate it out with them, but it gets me so angry and fired up; i just don't even understand where they're coming from, how they can be so violently opposed to something that doesn't even affect them personally.

and how can you even say that something is "wrong" when you don't even know that the most common way is "right"?

my mother saw the part on the dvd talking about matthew shephard's death [the boy who was beaten up & killed for being gay], and she said it was like the klu klux klan. and it is exactly that. we like to think we've moved on, but we really haven't. intolerance is still there and as "open-minded" we as a world try to think we are, we're not at all. same bullshit, different century. we haven't really changed at all.

i got angry again even writing that. i think this is going to be a dvd i watch in parts, or else i really am going to throw something. like a table.
why can't there be more acceptance in this world? that it's okay to have differences, as long as they don't hurt other people?
or am i once again being too idealistic and wishing for something that will never, ever be?

i could write a lot more about all of this, but perhaps not here. or maybe later; i have a feeling i'm going to need to spread things out or else i'm going to get carried away. but this year, i want to learn how to make a difference. somehow, somewhere. i believe i need to start actively standing up for the things i believe in -- i just don't know how to get started.
but i don't want to sit in the shadows and watch the destruction without trying to do anything about it. my voice is small, but i can find ways to carry my message, to try and make this world a little better. maybe nothing will change, but definitely nothing will change if we don't try.
.gauloise on January 4th, 2004 03:19 am (UTC)
very well said.
bellaretta on January 4th, 2004 07:48 am (UTC)

{sighs softly and hugs you}
The most fantastic of all muppets in the landfantasticmuppet on January 4th, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
oh, the kkk is still around in parts of the state i live in. it's really sick.

and i always wonder about people who believe that people choose to be homosexual. who the hell would choose a life as somewhat of a social outcast? the friends and aquaintances i have known had a hard time of it -- in college they'd have to go to the city to the gay clubs and bars just to try to meet people. and nobody really thought about it, since it was easy for all of the straight kids to meet people right on campus. and all of those seemingly little things add up to a frustrating ordeal in life. and who would choose it?

maybe your decision to help make a change can keep you going and give you purpose. if you're feeling like you don't belong in the world, just think that you are striving to change lives.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC)
i sort of try to think that if I can't fit in, maybe i can find ways to make others fit in, or help them to fit in or something. dumb, but anyway.
and yeah, i agree about the choice thing.
The most fantastic of all muppets in the landfantasticmuppet on January 4th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
i don't think that's dumb at all!
Crystalcrystalina on January 4th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
i'm going to have to see this. i saw bowling for columbine and was disappointed. he made some really good points (i've even read a review by a gun LOVING conservative who agreed with some of his points), but it was so disjointed and sensationalized and aggravating, that i think he missed a great opportunity to really reach people. i think that's his biggest flaw: he does too much "preaching to the choir" (i.e., the people who already agree to him) when a lot of what he says (such as the stuff you pointed out) REALLY NEEDS to be heard by the greater public.

i've heard roger & me was really good too (josh had to watch it for class).

it's all about how much fucking money the big companies can make with no thought for anyone else

yup. and then people say, "well. that's capitalism for you. it's great huh?" when really, corporate "capitalism" isn't really capitalism at all. it's just a bunch of CRAP where the big companies screw the rest of us.

the bible people irritate me. first off, they do NOT follow the bible to the letter at all. let's not even talk about how the old testament is where most of the verses they are quoting come from (and yet they still eat pork and don't stone people to death or anything). beyond that crap, what about the fact that JESUS gave us two commandments: love the Lord God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. the bible calls that THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT!!!!!!!! try listening to that!

but even more than that, ask your friends why they are so worried about that. didn't the bible also say that every sin is equal in God's eyes? well it did. so even if they insist that being gay is so "obviously" a sin (which NOTHING in the bible except love each other and god is even obvious in my opinion), they shouldn't harp on it. i encourage you to point that out to them, that all sins are equal and that when they overeat on christmas or when they gossip or when they live a life of decadence, they are sinning just as much as they believe homosexuals are. ask them why they want to obsess so much over ONE sin. trust me, they won't have good answers. ask them what happened to the idea that your works don't save you, God/Jesus does?

i honestly have no problem with people thinking being gay is morally wrong. i disagree with them, but as long as they believe that in a loving way, i have no problem. unfortunately, most people who think it's wrong seem to want to SHARE that with everyone. they try to tell themselves that they are helping or something, but they aren't. they are being self-righteous and using the bible as an excuse. that's wrong. i can't fathom how they cannot SEE that that is wrong.

your voice may be small, but it's important. stand up to your friends. engage them in intellectual conversation (since, contrary to popular belief, being christian and being intellectual are not mutually exclusive). you CAN make a difference! :)
coda: not hiding my light_withbellson_ on January 4th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
wow crystal, i just had to say this--
finally! someone who agrees with me that there is no "hierarchy" of sin!!!!!! i've been reading romans lately, and i just love it. how paul says gossiping or boasting is as bad as adultery, murder, and homosexuality. ALL sins are equal in God's eyes. it's so rare to find people who agree with that, though!
(and just an fyi, i am one of those people who thinks homosexuality is morally wrong. but it's hate the SIN, love the SINNER, and that's how i live my life. i'm not vocal about it; i simply view it as a sin, and don't bash or anything like that.)
Crystalcrystalina on January 4th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
(and just an fyi, i am one of those people who thinks homosexuality is morally wrong. but it's hate the SIN, love the SINNER, and that's how i live my life. i'm not vocal about it; i simply view it as a sin, and don't bash or anything like that.)

and i think that that's fine and that's not homophobia or hateful. at least in my opinion.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
yeah, i think so too. everyone can have differences of opinions, you don't have to love every single thing or action in the world or agree with it, but just allow others to choose that way if they desire.

kind of like how vegetarians view eating meat as morally wrong; obviously i don't agree because i do eat meat and animal products, but it's all good as long as no-one comes up and condemns me for eating a roast dinner in a restaurant. it's just a difference of opinion and letting others live their lives.

it's not as though being homosexual is going to hurt anybody else, so why waste all that energy hating them?
Crystalcrystalina on January 4th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
haneli on January 5th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
I think that vegetarians who feel that eating meat is morally wrong feels that way because you're not letting the animals live their lives.

I'm a vegetarian and while I don't think that eating meat is morally wrong in itself, I think that it's morally wrong to cause unnecessary pain to living beings (being a vegetarian comes from thinking it wrong to harm living beings, not the other way around). That means that I think it's morally wrong to eat meat that comes from animals that have been treated poorly. It also means that I think it's morally wrong to do things like use pesticides, which harms plants, animals and us, and use toxins like tobacco and alcohol, which harm our bodies (and people around us).

That I think these things are morally wrong doesn't mean that I hate or condemn people who do them. It means that I try my best to avoid causing suffering and try to encourage other to do the same when and if it's appropriate. (I'm still very reluctant to talk about this. Even online.)

I also find the words wrong and right to be dangerous because they come with so much background, so much baggage. People make all sorts of assumptions if you say that you think something is wrong. I'm not sure what words to use instead. Harmful and helpful are better but you risk sounding silly if you use them.
haneli on January 5th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
Also, I agree with your entry. :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 5th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
I also find the words wrong and right to be dangerous because they come with so much background, so much baggage

yes, that's very true. i think words like that put people on the defensive. i agree that words like harmful & helpful are better words to use. plus they illustrate the benefits/risks of doing a particular thing for that person/environment etc. no-one likes to be told that they are "wrong" - it makes it very blunt and very black and white, of which nothing is.
haneli on January 6th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
I agree. :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
i remember learning about there being no hierarchy of sins in... school, i think... i guess it was sort of an odd concept, that bitching about someone was on the same level as killing them, really. i don't know, it makes it very black and white, i guess...
but, i don't know, it's been years since i went to that school, so.
coda_withbellson_ on January 4th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
i was just curious--
have you ever seen the movie Rabbit Proof Fence? if not, you must. i mean it'll just make you angry, but it's also good, and it might make you aware of things you weren't before. (i had no idea Australia was so intolerant of aborigines for so long before i saw that movie.)
this is not meant as a dig on your country or anything, i just was really wowed by that movie and it's in the vein of your post about intolerance.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
i haven't seen it, but i've heard a lot about it. and yes, there is a lot of history about australia that isn't publicised, like the intolerance factor. sadly, it's still going on. the aboriginies are like "australia's african-american's" -- the ones who get the raw end of the deal. i don't know a whole lot about it, not all the facts though.
Effortlessly Controversial: wanting what i can't havemoonborn on January 5th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)
Ohhh yeah. Try finding yourself a copy of Ground Zero, Australian movie circa 1985. About the American-British nuclear-testing sites in the middle of Australia. It's only a side note in the film's storyline, but based on fact - They tested the effects of nuclear radiation on Aboriginal tribes, after they realised something was up with US soldiers. It's disgusting.
And the Aboriginal people were lumped in with the "Parks and Wildlife" Commission until 1976. 1976!!! We were treating the native people like an addendum to the "other" wild animals until 1976!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 5th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
thats so disgusting. they were here first, this was their land, and then the white people came along and acted like the aborigines were doing something wrong. that's just so sick. the europeans had no right to try and take over, let alone take over AND treat the natives worse than animals.
sigh. another example of how our world is so fucked up eh.
m33p on January 5th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
the kkk are fucking sick. i did a project on them a few years back and lost my temper so much while surfing their site that i e-mailed them and exploded hardcore. they e-mailed me back calling me "a religiousless child" and fed me all this holier-than-thou bullshit and talked down to me like i needed them to save me. fuckers.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 5th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC)
oh my, that would have set me off as well. that sort of thing makes me so, so mad. argh.
m33p on January 5th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
heh. sorry. you just don't even mention the klan around me, because it sparks such temper in me that i practically have an anxiety attack.