I had planned on writing and posting a book review today, but I woke up in a different frame of mind. With everything going on in the world I am growing more confused, frustrated, and angry and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
There past few years have felt like an intellectual and emotional war, what with all the crazy going on in the US and all the crazy going on here in Canada (Ontario specifically). I am growing more and more concerned and frustrated. Now, with the abortion ban happening in many states in the US, including Alabama, I am up in arms. As a menstruating human (because not only women menstruate) I can’t fathom how white cisgendered men are deciding what human beings with wombs are allowed or not allowed to do with their bodies. Will they ever have to experience what comes along with having a womb? Nope. So why do they get to decide laws that control these bodies? Patriarchy, classism, racism, shall I go on?
“How can you think you’re serious?
Do you even know what year it is?
I can’t believe the scary points you make
Still living in the currents you create
Still sinking in the pool of your mistakes
Won’t you stop firing up the crazies?”
– Bastille, The Currents
I am angry. Haven’t we had enough insanity in human history to learn from our mistakes? Haven’t we been given enough warning. Books written decades ago spoke of many of the issues we are facing right now! There are history books, historians, survivors, documentation, novels, poetry, and the like that all warn and educate about what happened in the past and would could happen in the future. Yet, we are stepping right into it! Didn’t they, very recently, air The Handmaid’s Tale which discusses the exact issues we are stepping toward with every legislation made by a white man that controls women’s bodies? I don’t get it. I am confused by the ignorance.
I don’t usually post about politics online. I don’t want to be the at the hands of the trolls and the haters, but now, now I don’t mind. As a mixed race menstruating human being with my own hopes and dreams and goals and opinions, this is not the world I want to live in. This is like we have fallen into the deepest darkest depths of what is the worst about humanity. As an avid reader and someone who took all the sociology and English courses possible while still doing my Psychology degree I am baffled and disheartened. I am watching reality become all the horror that is between the pages of history textbooks and dystopian novels.
“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
All I can hope for is that the warrior of the world, the people who care about decency and humanity, human rights and equity, stand strong together. I hope they educate, children, adults, the opposing side, everyone. Education and knowledge are power. Educating yourself can be the difference between not knowing what is happening in the world around you and being able to make a difference. This is not just something happening in the US, Canada has been making moves in a similar direction and I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to watch the world burn.
If you do anything in this life, educate yourself and be passionate. Stand up for what you believe in.
“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
― George Orwell, 1984