It’s not a matter of money, politics, strategy, tactics, or…whatever.
It’s just a matter of compassion and what path we choose…a particular path through the seeming complexity. We are all innocent civilians. #Resist
Just so you know what you’re up against: “Insanity Is Inviting People Who Call For Your Death To Live Amongst You. Muslims Chant 'Death To America' In CHICAGO” is riding Twitter today. The accompanying video shows a large demonstration. THIS NEVER HAPPENED.
Oh, the 2014 protest about Israel/Palestine is real, but the chant was never chanted. This video gets circulated periodically by alt-right sources. If that is where you get your news:
. you are being encouraged to think that if one group of Muslims chants this then all Muslims must feel this way
. you have been tricked into reinforcing your fear that most Muslims in America are ‘dangerous Muslims’
If on top of that, if you don't read my blog then you will be stuck in the dark with a distorted view, twisted feelings, and probably an aversion to watching News other than your alt-right picks just so you can avoid the tension of dissonance you feel when encountering ideas opposite to your own.
Of course you don't read my blog. The cost of changing your mind would be enormous. Your friends might fade away. Your family might shun you. Culturally isolated you might become depressed, irrational...or you could accept reality, find new friends, and not have to spend so much energy convincing yourself that you are right and almost everybody else in the world is wrong.
Why are the Muslims embracing suicide bombing? Is there something Islamic about it? Is this part of ‘their’ DNA?
These are much less complicated questions than those encountered in a consideration of a region of people caught in waves of conquerings quieted under often ruthless dictators, and then stilled under strong Western Powers influences and then, seeming of a sudden, awakening to try and shake off the offensive structures imposed from above.
There is no Muslim Awakening. We are witnessing a disruption, which could be called an awakening, in an area largely populated by Muslims. #ThinkingAboutThinking
A headline @Breitbart's catches your eye. It can be related to many things.
#ThinkingAboutThinking as you try to make sense of it; link it to already existing meems. When you get a link you also get a little reward; a pleasant brain-chemical-cocktail.
SV represents a very real existential danger. He did kill someone. He was a repeat offender. He is an illegal immigrant. You might link SV to ‘Immigrants are a high risk’ because it ‘natural’ to assign the actions of one to the traits of the group. That links to its own set of meems. Some may steer you toward action.
Of course you might have linked SV to ‘the legal system failed’. That links to a whole other set of meems. Some may steer you toward action.
Or both at once. Perhaps in denial of one. Perhaps considering both with a mind free to consider.
5 days ago: near St. Louis, Mo. Today: Philadelphia, PA.
Jewish graves desecrated, and the level of fear rises.
Not just in Jewish families...immigrants, Muslims, ...the list of targets grows as #Trumpism normalizes hatred of 'the other'. Start planing to #Resist now.