2020 has been a tumultuous year, to say the least. The events seem to be unraveling the very fabric of American culture. At the beginning of the hoopla, I thought the year’s events, despite being excessively hard on people, would be an opportunity for our society to wake up to the propaganda induced dream that 95% of the American population abides by.
Unfortunately, the recent election and pandemic have shown that instead of the blinded masses gaining a new perspective, our country has been taken over by what some would call “woke” culture. The funniest part to me is that people on both sides of the political spectrum have placed themselves on a pedestal of smugness they refer to as being woke.
The truth of the matter is….
If you voted for Biden because Trump is a racist, you ain’t woke.
If you voted for Trump because Biden is a communist, you ain’t woke.
If you believe either side of the government cares about your wellbeing, you ain’t woke.
If you think COVID is going to kill us all, you ain’t woke.
If you think masks aren’t going to help with disease spread, you ain’t woke.
The list really goes on and on. The only thing that I know for sure after this wild year is the fact that our education system is completely failing us, over and over again.
It seems as though most of our country doesn’t understand statistics, science, or even our democracy structure. Time and time again, I have seen the CNN and Fox parrots spit utterly misguided and factually removed remarks about all of the topics above. On too many occasions, I have seen one side or the other ignore corruption only because it aligns with their political views. Last but not least, I’m sick of habitual plastic users who scarf down monocropped sludge, telling me that they care so much about our environment.
Now, I am not sitting here on my high horse because I think I am some enlightened prophet here to save everyone. I have misguided views and unconscious prejudice, just like the rest of us. The difference is I genuinely try to understand both sides of the political spectrum. I know how to effectively read scientific data and spot bullshit when I see it. On top of that, my engineering degree gives me some credit in the math and statistics department. I don’t speak on something unless I have a good understanding of it. Most of all, I don’t give a fuck what you think.
During this time, I have gained a lot of perspective from sitting back and watching the sheep. At first, I thought the subliminal like messaging and culture wars were laughable. People who never took a college biology class telling me all about science and trust fund babies enlightening me on capitalism’s corruption brought some giggles to my face. Political science majors teaching us economics and finance workers telling me about global warming’s effects gave me a few laughs too.
As the joy I find in stupidity is fading, I am becoming overwhelmed with fear for our children and grandchildren’s future. It seems as though group think, is more important than free speech now. Censorship has sneakily become a part of our culture, and news has become more about entertainment than truth. My popcorn is empty, and I no longer can just sit here and let this time fade by.
As I type with my buttery fingers, I realize that this writing might be a little on the negative side, but life isn’t all rainbows and roses. Shit sucks pretty hard right now, but there is something you can do about it.
First, take some time to sit back and really reflect on your health, cultural tendencies, and knowledge behind the subjects you care about. Really look deep inside to find your bias and prejudice, even if it is painful to admit. This is the first step to changing society because you can’t change the world if you can’t change yourself.
After questioning yourself, it is time to question everything around you. Interrogate the cultural norms around food and medicine. Look for some political news sources that care more about the truth than ratings. Educate yourself on science from sources that aren’t funded by corporations and the government. Most of all, give your neighbor a hug and always try to put yourself in their shoes before you label them.
Overall, the quickest route to change the direction of this crash course is to open your heart. Acting with love is always the best route. It may not always be the fastest or the most comfortable, but it is usually the right thing to do if you follow your heart.
One day, I hope we look back on this time in a positive light. An era touted with disease and disgust that made the collective wake up and come together. A time where the average person is sick of being average and looks to become extraordinary in all parts of life. A time when we realize that the American dream isn’t all that it is cracked up to be and disregard the polluted thoughts of our parents and elders.
With Big Love,