Children died today
An ugly sentiment. Death should never be an unexpected thing from life, but massacre should never be tolerated. It is the death of innocence, the devastation of a community, a perversion of our lives and our sainthood, exacerbated by media inflammation and bastardized by political rhetoric being spewed out of every willing voice. Emotional disasters have emotional responses; I only wish to live long enough to see brash human behavior become a relic of a past civilization. Whatever you shout from your internet soap box does not heal the wounds left on our country, nor does it bring back those we’ve lost. All we can really do is bow our heads humbled by the fact that we were not directly effected and we didn’t lose anyone close; sympathy without retort is our solemn duty as children of parents.
That is all I really want to say about that, I spent most of my day feeling a deep sorrow. What I am now distracted by is my growing concern for the rationality of middle eastern people. That phrase bothers me a bit as it paints a group of people with a rather broad stroke, however today I was accosted and accused by two completely separate parties that happen to be middle eastern. One accused me of stealing money at work from his wife’s wallet. Other’s have accused me of lying about their car leaking fluid and creating a potential liability. Both approached the situation with stern fingers pointed and heightened voices. Wide eyed fierce approaches.
It bothers me because I do not want to assume every middle eastern person is like this. I want to believe that they are a culture of dutiful people who work hard and earn honest livings. Unfortunately the more of them I meet from the older generation (and even some closer to my own) seem to lack a particular part of the brain that tells them to calm down, and that the immediate issue is not something to lose control over. Adults should never whine. Whining is for children who lack the wisdom to know that life goes on and the minor nuisances will pass regardless of how much you struggle against them.
I hope as generations become more americanized, they can hold onto the good parts of their culture while dispelling the “irrational fearful” ones that cause such outbursts in moments of stress or from common place problems. I hope to meet more Israeli, Pakistani, Middle Eastern people that show me that I am not at the whim of an angry people, but just a couple angry assholes that are pieces of shit even in their own cultures.
A douche bag comes in many different colors.