If you look at my Facebook posts over the past few weeks it might seem like I feel otherwise, but I really do want the Chick-fil-A conversation to come to a conclusion. I’m as tired of it as everyone else. But for some reason, we just can’t stop talking about it. We even have people who are complaining about people who are talking about it, and those people are just adding fuel to the fire. This is such a controversial topic that these discussions tend to be more emotional than intellectual. I mean, people are genuinely getting upset. People are fighting, enemies are being made, friends are getting unfriended,
target=”_blank”>our pet’s heads are falling off, etc.
So why can’t we let this go? Well, we are just now learning why memes go viral, so I can only speculate. But clearly, it has a lot to do with the presence of social networks like Facebook and Twitter. If you just look at the visceral nature of these discussions, you might think that Dan Cathy held a press conference to state that his company was going to engage in armed combat with homosexuals. But even his critics should recognize he was only answering questions that were put forth to him. Many people view the criticism as a breach of first amendment rights, while others base their criticism on a breach of basic human rights. But really, this conversation has proven that it’s not so much what people think as much as how they feel about it. That’s why the conversations get so heated. The mind of humanity is busy trying to decide where it stands, and that leaves the soul of humanity embroiled in this internal moral struggle.
Even though the discussions are extremely vitriolic, I do think it’s a good thing we’re finally having them in public. I mean, many of the people I’ve spoken to on this issue are relatively unknown to me. That sets up a situation where people are either very civil or downright antagonistic. And since we’re evolving socially, you see fewer and fewer people needlessly insulting each other. People are being forced to stop and think about this stuff, and it’s driving some people crazy.
Even those that don’t give a damn about it are having to deal with it. And honestly, I hope it does annoy people. This “meh…politics” attitude is how we ended up in the mess we’re in today. It got us into the Iraq war, which cost trillions of dollars and over 130,000 human lives. It plunged us into massive debt by allowing people to gamble with the nation’s economy. It allowed jobs to be outsourced while cutting critical programs at home. It neglected our education, our health, the health of our environment, and so on. We can blame the Republicans or the Democrats all we want, but we the people are ultimately to blame.
You don’t have to be a Republican to see that people’s first amendment rights are being protected, and you don’t have to be a Democrat to see how people’s human rights are being denied. The left and the right will always be at odds, especially if we oversimplify every debate into two sides. Really, it’s the people in the middle (including those who try to stay out of the discussion) that make all the difference. Only about half of all voters turnout for presidential elections, and only about a third turnout for congressional elections. That means a minority of Americans usually decide the leadership for the nation, and the majority just lets them do it then complains about it later. One of the only things on which George Carlin and I disagree is
target=”_blank”>his view that staying out of politics absolves you of any responsibility later on. Well, that’s just idiotic. You’re a part of this society whether you’re an active participant or not. Choosing not to take part in the discussion is still a choice, just like choosing not to vote is still a vote.
If you’ve eaten at Chick-fil-A with the intention of supporting their stance on gay marriage, then I genuinely commend you for sticking to your principles and voting with your wallet. There is hardly anything more capitalistic or democratic. Having said that, I want you to know that I also condemn you in the strongest possible terms for supporting discrimination and misunderstanding the issue. This never was about chicken, religion, or the first amendment. You’re free to believe whatever you want and to donate to whatever causes you support, but your beliefs do not empower you to infringe upon the basic human rights of others.
If you’re tired of talking about Chick-fil-A, then just stop doing it. Stop bringing it up, stop complaining about it, and stop bitching at the people who are talking about it. But if you think that avoiding the issue is going to make the whole issue of gay marriage go away, then you’re just fooling yourself. There are generations of discrimination to account for, and claiming that you don’t care and/or hiding behind your religion isn’t going to resolve the issue. The next time something like this happens (and it will…very soon) we should all remember this debate. You can’t sweep these things under the rug anymore. The Internet has given new life to these discussions, and people like us will continue to have them. It’s your choice whether you want to join in the discussion or let us do the thinking for you.
As I was pulling into the drive-through to get breakfast, I had to stop and wait for an elderly couple to slowly drive out of the way. While I was waiting, a young woman came around the corner and cut in line ahead of me. I was way more annoyed than I probably should’ve been and spent the next few minutes grumbling to myself. In fact, I spent entirely too much time thinking about it because she apparently realized what she’d done. When I got up to the window to pay I was informed that she’d already paid for my breakfast.
Thank you, stranger. Looks like I’ll be paying it forward today.
I heard a boom followed by the screech of tires. I looked outside and saw an accident had taken place. Thirty seconds after the collision I was telling 911 all about it. Two minutes later the first help arrived. Ten minutes later the two drivers were off to the hospital. Amazing how quickly we can come together to help each other when the only thing that matters is taking care of one another.
Q: We’re all the same… essentially. Agree? Disagree? And, what evidence do you have to support your answer?
A: We have more in common with one another than anything else in the entire Cosmos. The genetic differences between every living human is less than the difference between Chihuahuas and Huskies. We all have the same biological heritage and we all float on the same tiny ball in an unimaginably vast ocean of space. If you consider all of the various forms of matter and the possibilities of existence, you can begin to see just how much we truly have in common. One person may like lasagna with meat, one person may like it without meat, but every person that ever existed would eat a bowl of it if they were hungry.
This is an evolving collection of songs from across the world that embody the spirit of Gaian philosophy. It was mixed together to provide a constant stream of unifying, uplifting, and empowering music. The order in which these songs appear will change as new ones are added and old ones are removed. Not every song fits the theme perfectly, so some of them may eventually disappear from the mix. If you know of any songs that would be appropriate, we would love to know about it.
- Within You Without You – The Beatles
“Then you’ll realize we’re all one and life goes on within and without you.”
- The Warmth – Incubus
“While you’re alive experience the warmth before you grow old.”
- Make You Feel That Way – Blackalicious
“Going in your third eye for the styles you hear.”
- Float On – Modest Mouse
“Even if things things get heavy, we’ll all float on alright.”
- A Dream – Common (featuring Will.I.Am)
“I believe in heaven more than hell.”
- Bowl of Oranges – Bright Eyes
“And each person I encountered I couldn’t wait to meet.”
- One Day – Matisyahu
“Sometimes in my years I drown, but I never let it get me down.”
- Don’t Panic – Coldplay
“We live in a beautiful world.”
- Carry On – fun.
“May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.”
- Lullaby – Shawn Mullins
“Everything’s gonna be alright.”
- World I Know – Collective Soul
“Hope still lingers on.”
- I Know I’m Not Alone – Michael Franti & Spearhead
“Even though I’m far from home I’m not alone.”
- Meant to Live – Switchfoot
“We are more than this world’s got to offer.”
- If Everyone Cared – Nickelback
“If they could love like you and me, imagine what the world could be.”
- Humans Being – Van Halen
“You wonder why your life is screaming, wonder why we’re humans being.”
- Something Better – Lyrics Born
“I see a world more balanced. I see us as a planet. I don’t see us as an island.”
- Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
“Gonna keep on trying until I reach my highest ground.”
- Wake Up Everybody – John Legend & The Roots
“The world won’t get no better if we just let it be.”
- Our Place in the Cosmos – Symphony of Science
“Our obligation to flourish is owed not just to ourself, but also that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.”
- Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
“Live your life with arms wide open.”
- Hold Me Now – The Polyphonic Spree
“Don’t ever think you’re the only one when times are tough in your new age.”
- The Call – Regina Spektor
“Just because everything’s changing doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before.”
- A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
“It’s been a long time comin’, but I know a change is gonna come.”
- Shower the People – James Taylor
“Show the people you love with love.”
- Peace Train – Cat Stevens
“I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one.”
- Universal – OMD
“We all bleed the same blood, we all need the same love.”
- Be Here Now – Ray Lamontagne
“Don’t put your trust in walls ’cause walls will only crush ya when they fall.”
- The Humbling River – Puscifer
“The hands of the many must join as one, and together we’ll cross the river.”
- I Believe – Joe Satriani
“I believe we can change anything.”
- (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding – Elvis Costello
“What’s so funny ’bout peace, love, and understanding?”
- Stand by Me – Playing for Change
“No matter who you are, no matter where you go in life, you’re gonna need somebody to stand by you.”
- Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
“Don’t worry about a thing ’cause every little thing is gonna be alright.”
- Blue Skies – Willie Nelson
“Nothing but blue skies from now on.”
- The Heart of Life – John Mayer
“No, it won’t all go the way it should, but I know the heart of life is good.”
- All Is Full of Love – Björk
“You’ll be given love. You’ll be taken care of.”