Thursday, May 21, 2015

human arrogance and white supremacy

i know better than to log into facebook...i always get myself into trouble when i do.  firstly, if you post on facebook and you have friended me- i take that to mean that you welcome my perspective...i try to remain tactful and on point- especially if i disagree with your post...if you're posting for sympathy, generally i roll my eyes and keep moving...

anyone who follows me on facebook knows how much i love ricky gervais....i admire his talent and his big heart when it comes to animals...nothing angers him more than those who mistreat and abuse animals...i'm right there with him...right now- he is taking on the trophy hunters and the rampant killing by billionaires of the endangered species of big cats, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, etc....

as for me, well, i pick smaller game it guess...it really pisses me off that so many people view other animals as inferior to us simply because they don't build skyscrapers and speak english...well, they don't destroy the planet with their hubris and greed either...and when i hear folks talk about getting a pet and 'trying it out' to see if that animal is a 'good fit' like it's a shoe or a purse- it bugs me....something else that pisses me off is humans dumping pets on the streets or in the country- or even a shelter- because they can no longer take care of them or they are too much work...really?

would you do that to your child? your elderly relative? some would undoubtedly but most 'good people' change diapers for their children or loved one....clip their nails and cut their hair...find a sitter if they need to go away....feed them...so tell me again how an animal that shares our home and lives isn't the same as another human living in our house....

other species think and feel and have distinct personalities- i could list examples....we all know dolphins and whales are smart....we know that elephants are smart....pigs are highly intelligent...explain to me again why it's ok for us to adopt an animal but if we don't like it- we get rid of it....

i suppose there's no difference in white men believing that everyone else is inferior....

Monday, May 04, 2015

early summer

i think of my buddy spadoman all of the time....he and his family became a part of the fabric of my life for many years and i miss him and his stories greatly....i miss having a 'cuppa' buddy to share and gripe with or commiserate or just chat...the weather has finally turned nice and the forsythia are blooming...trees are budding and the birds are singing....and we would trade haiku...

our amazing journey
twists and turns...seasons changing...
life from spring to frost....


Monday, April 27, 2015

musings of a white woman in america on a cloudy day...

i spend quite a bit of my time online reading and taking in other folks' thoughts and opinions...i have since i opened up to the internet almost 10 years ago....i have learned quite a bit about human nature and american culture that's for sure...

i am white...i can slice my ancestry anyway i want but i am white....i have never personally traced my ancestry- i only have anecdotal information about my heritage from my parents...but i feel the connection to the people who lived before me...i see my parents in me- from movements i make that i mimicked from them to the way i perceive the world...and i often wonder if other folks in my family tree did the same things...my parents learned it from somewhere...

i say that to say this- white folks may or may not want to have discussions about race but we really need to....this country was founded, as it stands today, by white people and the deck has always been stacked in whites' favor...white males, in particular...most do not want to see that...

so, i undertook to start learning a bit more about what poc think about certain topics...i keep tabs on the idle no more movement and i have 'the root' in my facebook feed for starters....and i read more real history....and i am on a different journey now...

i have never really felt a part of mainstream culture in this country...i am not really sure that there is one reason i could point to as to why...upbringing for sure...socioeconomic background....and while i will never feel the discrimination as a person of color or an lgbt person or non christian feels- i do know what it's like to be poor here....i cannot imagine having the other layers of bigotry on top of me...

just musings....