A prominent sign of the times in this day and age. Photo courtesy of national review.com
Here’s the number one pondering, among quite a few ponderings, that has been kept in my mind for quite some time…
1. Why do white, far right conservatives have seemingly such contempt for people who don’t look and think like them – liberals, African-Americans, Latinos, LGBTQs, women with progressive views, people who believe in a woman’s right to choose, anyone who’s not Christian (not just Muslims), and anyone who’s less fortunate?
And here are some other ponderings…
2. Why do far right conservatives have such an animosity against the government – or anyone else – helping those who fell down on their luck through no fault of their own, who (for example) due to a layoff was forced to become homeless?
3. Why do far right conservatives hate anyone from Latin America coming north to try to better their lives – or hate anyone brown-skinned or Spanish-speaking, period? I’ll bet anything if those so-called “illegals” were flocking from Scandinavia, they’d be welcomed with open arms.
4. Why do far right conservatives see anyone not like them as needing to be kept “in their place”, and would seemingly like nothing better than a return to the Jim Crow, segregation laws and a lack of equal rights for anyone not white, Christian, male, conservative, wealthy, or straight (or a combination of those six attributes) that plagued this country for over 100 years?
5 Why do far right conservatives see anyone who doesn’t look like them (like me, being a black man of African descent and all) as inferior beings?
Isn’t this a CUTE picture of preschool kids of different races? Photo courtesy of carwad.net
Being someone on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have a few ponderings regarding that topic, too…
6. Why does it seem that people on the spectrum are “the last oppressed minority” in regards with such a high percentage of them being unemployed and otherwise not accepted or understood by “mainstream” society?
7. To be brutally honest, considering my social struggles with having Asperger’s throughout my life, I have wondered why I was born with that gene that has caused me to behave like an animal in my early childhood and has caused other difficulties like being understood and accepted at school and (particularly) in the workforce?
8. Why does life have to be so seemingly hard for me sometimes while it seems easier (I’m not saying easy, I know everyone has had some kind of struggles) for those around me?
9. Why does it seem like it’s the world’s mission to make sure you’re kept down and unable to succeed, with those succeeding in life doing so at a seemingly huge price?
10. Why does it seem to be human nature to bully as children, as I was? Why can’t people be nothing but nice instead of causing nothing but misery?
11. Why do the rich always seem to get richer, and the poor always seem to get poorer?
And one last pondering…
12. Why do so many people not seem to care that in roughly 100 years, much of the planet will be under water (global warming), or that a large part of the planet’s population may be wiped out because of countries like North Korea (nuclear missiles), or that at this rate, within (in my estimate) ten to twenty years, this country may well be embroiled in a second Civil War between liberals and conservatives and the “Blue” states and the “Red” states, if not an all-out race war between the “alt-right” and people of color and their white progressive allies?
These are just ramblings, I’m aware of that.
But that hasn’t stopped them from being on my mind.
Al I can do is to pray and count on God that He’ll straighten things out and work out all these bad things for good.
One particular quote is prominent in my mind as I end this post…
“Why must we go on hating? Why can’t we live in bliss?”
– Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), from “Peace Train” (1971)
I really like this picture of a dove bring an olive branch to this planet; it’s what I and every decent person wants. Image courtesy of scross.co.za