I Don’t Understand

There’s a lot of crap going on in the world, and a lot of it has happened throughout history. And the likelihood is, you know that. You look around at kids, and they don’t understand any of it – partially, of course, because they can’t comprehend the significance of some things, or because they don’t know the facts of the situation. Yet they also have more clarity in a way which makes complex things seem stupidly simple in the most profound way.

The thing is, sometimes I don’t understand either. I don’t get what is so hard about the idea that people are people, regardless of skin colour, hair, language, gender, orientation.

I don’t get why people feel like widespread ownership of weapons is a good thing.

I don’t get why people can’t just love other people, and how some think that others’ relationships are any of their business when they’re not.

I will never understand why people believe that the colour of your skin has any bearing on who you are as a person.

I don’t understand why some people feel a senseless need to harm other people without provocation.

Truthfully, there is so much I don’t understand in the world, because from my viewpoint it seems so simple. To me, it makes no difference who you love because it should need no justification. To me, I don’t see how others’ sexual activity or orientation is anything to do with me, as long as it is between consenting adults. To me, it seems insane to believe that having weapons around children is a good idea.

And to me, it doesn’t matter whether you choose to identify as male, female, boy, girl or anything in between. Your nationality doesn’t matter to me. Nothing matters to me other than the idea that you, as an individual, as a person, make good decisions, do good things, and ultimately are just a decent human being.

I do understand that the world’s conflicts can’t simply be reduced to these factors, I do. But when you think back to some of them, particularly last century, so much of that was ill-judgement, prejudice, xenophobia, and a lack of communication.

The ill-judgement I can accept, because that’s human nature. We jump to conclusions, we get offended, we want to protect our own.

But the rest of it?

This post wasn’t prompted by any one thing, and it might not even make all that much sense, but I just felt like I needed to say it – plus, it’s applicable to so many things right now. If there’s anything I want people to take from this post and my ramblings, I guess it would just be to try to be a nice person. I think we should all strive for that.

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2 thoughts on “I Don’t Understand

  1. This post makes perfect sense. I’ve often thought about this and wondered why others don’t think a similar way. That got me thinking… why do I think this way then?

    For me personally, it’s because I was raised on sci-fi. I read a lot of books, watched a lot of TV, played a lot of games. Some good examples are Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5. Sci-fi at its best showed me allegories of the social problems our real world faces and taught me to be open minded about the issues you’ve raised here.

    I ask myself sometimes… how different would the world be if every politician had watched either DS9 or B5?

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I feel kinda the same about that – I think a lot of my perspective probably has been shaped by books and dystopia/sci-fi. At the same time though, it just seems so basic to just hold that decency that it’s such a shame so much of the world seems to lack it.

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