I got up early today and have taken my daughter to school. It’s not something I want to be in the habit of doing, but then, she’s already 17 so it’s a way to bond I guess. It’s bad inasmuch as it fosters her laziness and encourages a lax attitude about time management, because she has a safety net to fall on. It’s there, but I don’t want her to take advantage of it and just think it’ll be there her whole life. My slightly more responsible son caught his bus. Today she had gifts for her friends and wanted a ride so she could easily carry everything and not have the jostling and space issues of the bus ride.
I’ve had a cup or two of coffee, I’m back home and feeling nicely focused, but maybe easily distractible, it remains to be seen. The squirrel joke is no joke. I’m hoping I can have a little “me” time (writing here) and still enough time to walk the dog before the rain comes and get some chores and maybe a little extra catch up work done before I have to get to work today. That upstairs… I want my floors, I want my desk. It’s just that I’ve been like a pack rat for a while with no place to put “everything in its’ place,” and my wife is worse because she’s better at packing big things into small spaces. No, NO, stop. I mean like getting more stuff in the suitcase, or in the car, like that old game TETRIS, not THAT. Although… Nah, only if she wants that. I surrender.
I started out wanting to write about a specific writer who has recently moved to the US after running into some difficulty because his government took issue with his writing. But I tried to research and didn’t find anything accessible. “This content is restricted.” If his native government wants to restrict his thoughts and he restricts his audience, who knows what he’s talking about? I’ve read a few comments and a few things in news articles I presume were quotes, and two year old or older blog things I found, and all I can think is, who the fuck cares?
It’s a fucking blog, like my own. I guess, if he tells people to riot in the streets or kill someone or commit crimes, there’s a problem inasmuch as his words might actually have a direct impact on my life or the life of someone I know. So yes, if he advocated violence or actual crime, I’d stand against that, but I can’t find anything to know if he did that. And I consider myself a pretty damned good online stalker. All I could find is stuff where he said, essentially, that both Christians and Muslims are idiots. He’s an athiest, I get that, and again, my reaction is, who the fuck cares?
Well, radicals who profess either religion might, but I don’t. He posted a picture online that was deemed “obscene.” That’s stupid. I’ve seen “sacrilegious” “art” before, and I don’t care. Express your lack of faith in Jesus, who came back from the dead, or that “prophet” guy, who didn’t. I don’t care. Express your lack of faith in the government, I don’t care about that either. America has elected a lot of presidents that people called names.
What concerns me is that people take the words of a fifteen or sixteen year old that seriously.
You want people to treat your religion with respect? Get a religion that’s respectable, and be respectable with your faith. You want people to treat your government with respect? Get a government that’s respectable, and exercise your authority in ways that respect your constituency. The people at quotesgram.com and quoteimg.com sum it up in short and then in long:
I don’t know how long it’ll take for me to earn my kids’ and wife’s respect. Been working on that for more than 25 years for the latter. Taking my daughter to school when she’s overburdened, giving a hug or a supportive remark when she’s sad or feeling insecure, helping my wife with chores and being as romantic as she’ll allow, helping my son in scouting and in becoming a young respectable man, helping the kids develop life skills and independence, it’ll eventually add up to respect. Maybe. I hope. Work is a lost cause. They want to demand my respect just from having authority to fire me, not realizing that at work, my respect can be bought, to start. After starting with buying it with a decent wage commensurate with my experience and training and tenure, THEN it can be earned by helping me succeed in my career and developing me to the point where I can actually retire before I die, and hopefully have enough years to catch up with all the things I don’t have time to do between work and family and church and other activities.
As a blogger, if you don’t like me, you won’t read it. You won’t follow it. I’ll either get the message or not, but what do you care if you quit following me. Just like the TV, or radio, if I hate the show or the commercial, I endure it or shut it off. It has zero impact on the producers or the advertisers, but they are free to express whatever shit they want to broadcast and sell whatever shit they want. Who the fuck cares? And why?
There’s plenty of things I’d call “obscene” on the internet. Why are people so afraid of someone offending someone else? I think if a person has talent and respect, they ought to rise to the top. But in the modern era what seems to rise to the top is infamy. For some reason, the tacky, the cheap, the lowest common denominator, is what people want to see more of. It makes them feel good about themselves and doesn’t challenge them to strive for better and more. For some reason, the crafty, the villain, the ill-mannered, get the vote for fear that the one who seems honest and trustworthy might have some kind of hidden agenda the talentless, seem to get the sympathy vote because here in America we don’t want anyone to feel like they should keep on looking for their specialty, and try something new until they find something they’re really good at. Our little baseball playing toddlers don’t keep score (but the adults do). Art that people don’t think is art might sell to someone. And someone might pay you to blog. I wish they’d pay me, but I’m not holding my breath. Plus, I need something either huge and inexhaustible, or huge and reliable over time. I’m settling for reliable over time, but with that plan I’ll be working until I’m dead. How disappointingly depressing is that?
I’ve vented enough, and I’ve thoroughly disappointed both of the people who strive to encourage my writing to be better. So now I’m going to get myself ready to disappoint my boss, by working my ass off as hard as I can with my motivation high and my expectations low. I think the boss pretends to be disappointed, and secretly they’re impressed trying to figure out how I’ve stayed so long for so little reward, and keep trying every day. Maybe that’s why Mrs M is keeping me. She’s secretly impressed, but also my worst critic, trying to encourage me to do better. At doing what she wants me to do, mostly because she doesn’t want to do it herself.
I hope you find your inner motivation today. I hope I do do. I need to accomplish things when I take my breaks, because I didn’t accomplish anything great yesterday or today. Except maybe I offended someone because I don’t take offense at sacrilegious, satirical, or political art or language. If you’re offended that I’m not offended, you know what to do. That’s right, have me arrested. No, learn to park big things in small places. No.
I hope you can do something good, that makes you feel good, or makes you happy because of either the sense of accomplishment or the gratitude of a friend or stranger. Or, for a little while, do nothing, or something just for you and feel good and eventually harness the energy you have from taking a little “me” time to rest a little. I hope I can too, but it’ll have to be snuck in between and after work, since I haven’t invested the morning in tasks.
Have a good day. Both of you.