First off, have I mentioned I’m running this new thingy? JK, I know I have, but I do hope you’ll check it out!
I want to write today about the sand you can’t stick your head in.
(It was a very descriptive title!)
Lots of (*cough* privileged *cough*) people make a point of sticking in their head in the sand when it comes to “politics,” asserting a kind of moral superiority that comes from rising about the fray.
The thing is, your friends’ lives aren’t “the fray,” and fighting for ourselves and each other isn’t “noise.”
Your standoffish attitude doesn’t prove anything but your ability to remain morally neutral in a time of crisis.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “it doesn’t matter, my life will go on the same either way,”
congratulations: you’ve just located your privilege.
You have to keep fighting, even when it’s not about you. That’s just Humanity 101.
It is a false equivalence to view Republicans and the people whose lives they’re trying to destroy in the same light, just as it is wrong to believe the truth lies halfway between opposing sides. People cannot overcome their oppression just by thinking about it less, or being less vocal about it, among things average people actually believe we should do.
“Politics” is not an escalating price war competing for your fucking soda dollars. You don’t have to spend 8 hours a day on Facebook. Lord, I hope you don’t! You don’t have to be on top of every situation and cross-post every article and care until your veins bulge out, but JESUS advocacy is not the same as targeted messaging!
No one has limitless fucks. Anyone who says they can absorb an infinite quantity of bad news without ever saying fuck it and acting like you’re never going to check the news again is lying.
But actually doing that is a choice that’s only for you. Own that. You’re agreeing with yourself not to participate in the forward motion of oppressed peoples. You haven’t fold the golden ticket to a clear heart, and your free mind full of bar trivia and fermented vegetable recipes can stew in its own juices for all I care.
You can check out. But don’t you dare act like it’s the “right” thing to do.
And THAT, my friends, is the fastest I’ve ever gotten to a point!
Big Mama Schlomo