May 2003 Be Less Like 2002
You know, if there’s one thing that brings my blood to a boil and, generally, leaves me with a sick feeling in my stomach, it has to be how some people are compelled to impose — with a great deal of forcefulness and disrespect — their beliefs, values, and opinions onto others. (And no, I’m not referring to any of the kind readers of aMMusing.) In other words, if there’s one type of people towards whom I am intolerant, it has to be those bullying, intolerant people. Ironic, eh?
They really get on my nerves and my tits, though. I constantly have to remind myself that they likely act the way they do to exercise power over other people because, in fact, circumstances have brought them to feel otherwise powerless themselves. Or maybe as a result of feeling powerless, they have “thought through” a remedy on their own, drawing from pop psychology to rigid political and/or religious ideology and everything in between. But, in order for that remedy to work, they have to aggressively dismiss as f*cked or defective anyone who doesn’t see it their way. They often pose as the most vocal defendants of freedom — of individuals, of citizens, of a nation, of choice — yet they conveniently ignore how their view/remedy systematically reduces other people’s freedom.
I know I’m just ranting right now and I’m not being very specific. In fact, I’m not thinking of anyone in particular; I’m just voicing a general feeling of annoyance. But most ironic of all, what inspired these musings are the new year’s wishes I wish to express to my friends, acquaintances, and indeed the people I don’t even know:
Be good to your neighbours, be they near or far.
In all things, strive never to do any harm.
May 2003 be prosperous and filled with happiness for you.