After such a heated/controversial election cycle in the US, I feel now’s as good a time as ever to remember to embrace the beauty of individuality. You’re a free agent, and nobody should hold dominion over your mind. Not an institution (secular or religious), not your family, not your friends, not your spouse/significant other, not a philosophy, not your co-workers, not a country, not your past, nothing! There’s not a thing in existence that should hold that much power over any individual.
There are plenty of people out there who’d love to do your thinking for you, and then make you believe that you’re doing the decision making, when it’s really them all along. We’re all influenced by someone or something to some extent, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But we mustn’t be slaves to any individual or way of thinking.
Having said all of this, that doesn’t mean anyone is absolved from criticism. No one’s above reproach, no one! Any words or opinions that are racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, spiteful, ignorant, or downright cruel, absolutely deserve all the criticism and contention they attract. That’s not having an opinion, that’s just being a jerk. Such dreck has no place in this world, and certainly doesn’t deserve any protection or admiration.
This world is a harsh, cruel, and depressing place, yet one gift we’ve been given is that of individuality. It’s not always easy to stand up for what you believe in, or simply be “you” whatever that might be for each individual. Yet, it’s a truly beautiful thing when it’s embraced in a positive fashion. How different would this world be without those who were willing to stick their necks out for the greater good? Or who were simply being their authentic selves? Life’s too short to be someone else, so may we all embrace this gift in our own unique, and enriching ways!
*And yes, there is a poem related to this topic. Haha! 😀 First new one in awhile!! 🙂 I’ll post it in due time!