Once in a country, far far away, I saw 4 people - 2 couples - walking; 1 older couple, like parents, 1 younger couple. Suddenly, as they walked next to me, the young guy got angry and kicked the hands of the younger girl, and the contents went flying. It was all I could do not to get in his face: "HEY! Treat her with respect!
" but we spoke different languages, and hence I didn't even know why he was mad. "Not a good night to go to jail in a foreign country because I disagree with the culture" I told myself... That country has a reputation in the U.S. for men being "womanizers". The older couple with them didn't respond with any kind of disapproval.
I once got in a physical fight (he threw me into a table, and I responded
) with an arrogant, pompous bully who looked like a pro-football linebacker. His even bigger (6'5", 300lb, all muscle) pro-football looking friend insulted one of my waitresses, and I let him know in no uncertain terms that behavior like that was not acceptable in my workplace.
When drivers block intersections and I'm delayed, I honk.
Guess it's just me.
With the new political climate, I am openly calling out bigotry and prejudice. I just gave up
on a brother of mine...he has love in his heart, yes, but he uses the
"wrong" word often, and openly "hates" Latino immigrants (they undermine his business). He seemed to really be outgrowing his prejudice until the last 2 years...hmmmm. I'll miss him; he was cool otherwise.
And when a religion, philosophy, culture, law, or individual (that's all I can think of right now) creates social division and targets me as "evil," "sinister," "unacceptable," "bad," "wrong," etc, for nonviolent non-hurtful actions, lack of faith, non-adherence to dogma, etc., I won't stand by quietly.
I'm guilty of sarcastic (jokingly critical) remarks here lately about a certain religiously influenced culture in certain states that target me as such, yet are, to my eyes, internally incoherent in philosophy. I don't mean to offend any individuals, just call out ideas that are hurtful to me or others.
I feel I've kept my remarks in context of the existing thread, with sarcasm only added as disapproval, not as an attack or thread changer or opportunity to "push my socio-political agenda".
And yes, I feel subtle negative remarks about how a person's bus "looks," especially when adjectives referring to wealth or cultural status are used in a derogatory manner, are not acceptable, even jokingly. I wouldn't call the "hacks" I've done to my bus the
"word" -rigged, because it is just as offensive. I have also called out this behavior with hints of sarcasm (joking critique). Again, I don't want to offend anyone, but hope to make some come to a realization, while making those who already realize smile a bit...I hope.
Maybe it was all the damn Greek philosophy they made me study in high-school.
That said, as a vegetarian, I don't care if you taste like chicken. I don't want to eat you.
And as an Taoist, I say those new Jesus lovers have got the correct ideas if you take them at face value. I almost want to caravan with them so long as they think that God put ALL the seeds on the Earth for Man to use as food and/or medicine, and saw and knew they were all good; damn drugs today...got my nephew...he went from peaceful, quiet, star student to "insane out of my mind" window-smashing burglar to steal a pair of disposable contacts since he couldn't redeem his "free pair" coupon when the store was closed. That was just after the cops caught him with meth, heroin, speed, cocaine, Chinese-made counterfeit liquid Xanax, and another I forget. Last time I talked to him, he was like a zombie, talked nonsense, and didn't remember it hours later. Laws won't stop it. Only REAL love.
Peace, love, respect, for all peoples, creatures, and reverence for the planet itself....
Or in a word: ALOHA