Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Grumbled garbled gobbledegook

It has been a long time since I have had a chat with myself. I keep thinking about using this space to write about things that matter to me. Things that make me happy. things that make me mad. Things that keep me up and bright and things that suck the life out of me and leave me disappointed and limp.

Sometimes I am so defeated that in spite of my anger and outrage at something I do not feel up to carrying on a conversation about it. Those are the times I think about this outlet and this one way street where I can pour my heart out and let it rest. So here is my attempt at starting out with a cleaner slate for the next year and leave all the grudges behind. If only these things were sporadic enough to be shrugged off.

When NPR calls the San Bernardino shooting terrorism but every other shooting (North Carolina, Charleston, Planned Parenthood and what have you) anything but. Because the color of your skin and religion is more fearful than your actions. I was mad and felt betrayed, because I felt that NPR was this one beacon, this one voice of reason and rationale in this hyper polarized and highly divided world. This time I felt angry and let down.

When India celebrates the spirit of Chennai and people without standing up to lapses in judgement and making sure that if this situation arises we would be better prepared and the so called spirit will not be tested as throughly as it was this time.

When hindus in India who form the majority feel marginalized and want me to understand the reason behind why a lynch mob feels righteous about killing another human being. As to how people who have been suppressed for so long have finally found a voice. I no longer know what people we are talking about. I hope that they do not form the majority. But then why do the fringe elements get so much attention and voice that they are able to mobilize these many into such actions.

When Salman Khan gets a clean chit by the courts and I see people celebrating that decision. Calling him a wise man and applauding him for BEING HUMAN. Why was he not subjected to the same fate as Shiney Ahuja? Why was he not wiped clean from our collective conscience?  
Not worthy of being on a prime time slot pontificating.

When Trump is the leading GOP candidate...
When Carson is top three leading candidates and is a man of science supposedly...

When in the face of overwhelming numbers and data, a society fails to take action towards better gun control. But uses that as an excuse to limit the number of refugees it can accept.

When a developed leading world leader refuses to value child bearing and maternity leave even in the face of declining growth percentages. To not facilitate some kind of paid maternity leave on a federal level.

When we collectively refuse to look at a given evidence and hold on to our preconceived notions and prejudices. When thinking and rational beings refuse to use their grey matter then what can be expected from vitriolic rhetoric.

This is pretty much a laundry list of things that continued to bug me into writing a very disjointed and disgruntled post about it. This by no means exhaustive and complete.

1 comment:

  1. I stumbled upon this today and absolutely loved it. We are bugged by more or less the same things ;) Now that should mean something!