I watched “The Arrival” tonight. Amy Adams is gorgeous, but that has nothing to do with the post.
2nd thing: I read a FB plea tonight to get people to have their representatives vote down HR 610.
These two seem totally unconnected, along with several other things I could mention, but it all kinda fell together for me and I have begun to really put some deep thought into a notion.
*Following may be some spoilers for “The Arrival”. You have been warned*
The movie affected me deeply. So has a lot of things lately. The election. The riots. The violence. People talking. The lack of quiet outside.
As I take it all in and look at the big picture, what I see is that people are never united anymore. No matter what is said, I mean NO MATTER WHAT is said, people will split on what it means and how to deal with it.
In the movie, the world was nearly destroyed because a few words could be taken a couple of ways.
I read through HR 610. Not saying good or bad, just read.
I am realizing that, no matter what President Trump does or doesn’t do, he is nearly doomed to failure, at least, by the people.
I get up each morning and, as routine, do my daily things on the computer. One of those is simply to log in to FB and scroll down 8-10 pages so it is loaded, then start at the top and read. I don’t get on there to argue or dispute, simply catch up on what people are doing and/or saying. What I find usually has me saying something in return, good or bad.
So, HR 610 is a budgeting bill for Federal Aid on education and mentions a voucher system. Not commenting, just stating. It was stated by someone and most of her followers will, probably, agree with her. They may or may not (probably not) contact their representatives, but they will agree with her. But, there will be those who won’t. And, a few of those will disagree vehemently. They may not even state this on her FB, but they will do something, say something, tell someone, tell anyone. They will sow those seeds of discontent, just as she has with her initial post.
I have looked at a lot of things the President is doing. One of these is the border wall. Now, I make the statement that if President Trump gets the wall built, if the wall is paid for by Mexico, if the wall keeps drugs and illegal immigrants out of the US, if the wall helps with National Security by keeping ISIS radicals from getting in, if all of this is true, and if this is the extent I am talking about with this example, let me tell you where the US people are and what they have become…
All of those things are good things. There is not one thing I have stated above that would be bad for America or Americans. I did not mention anything except the wall. However, if I put the above paragraph on FB what will happen is that there will be splinter groups. And not only will there be splinter groups, but some of them will use outside logic to make their stance. They will talk about all the illegals who are here now. They will talk about the rich and the poor. They will talk about voting rights. They will talk about everything except the wall. Why? Because what I said about the wall, all the IFS, do not allow for an argument. It’s like if I hold up a playing card so all can see and it has an ACE of SPADES on it. I say “This is an ACE of SPADES.” There is not much room for argument. However, if some splinter group member says, “That’s not a real ace of spades. It isn’t a registered copyrighted card for the abc company!” Now, there is an argument. Now, others can get excited and say, “Yeah! He’s right! And I bet that’s not even a real card from a real deck!” And off we go…
This post came about because of the movie. It also came about because of all the things I have been seeing that show me how we have become people who simply like to argue. We don’t want to fit in, unless we do…People have their opinions and they must be right. It isn’t that they want to be right; they MUST BE RIGHT! Any argument that keeps their side alive is valid, even if it has nothing to do with reality or even the point trying to be made. It is simply an argument continuing means all sides are still alive.
“Do you have an apple?”
“Why would you want an apple? An orange is so much better.”
“But I asked for an apple.”
“There you go. You keep talking about apples, when oranges are so much better.”
“But I really need an apple!”
“Apples don’t carry the levels of vitamins that many other fruits have.”
“Just give me an apple!”
“In fact, apples are one of the least colorful fruits as decided by several independent groups.”
“I am doing a school project. I need a fruit that starts with an ‘A'”.
“Well, why didn’t you say so? Let’s talk about apricots…”
And so it goes…my point?…people argue. The problem is that we have elevated that to the level that our arguments now carry violence and weapons and even global issues in them. We almost argue without thinking…
“He can’t be right! He’s a democrat!”
“You are listening to him?! He’s just another republican talking!”
It’s bad enough when it deals with political issues, but it spills over into arguments about:
Race, Religion, Sex, Gender, Medicine, Old Age…the list is nearly endless.
This has become serious. If you don’t think so, just go to FB and begin reading for about 20 screens. That should be enough.
I shake my head and find myself wanting to argue simply because I begin to hear every argument as coming from an idiot…
Help me, I am beginning to become a part of the swarming void…