Everyday I walk into a classroom and I’m responsible for the education of dozens of impressionable college students. I try to do my job thoughtfully - wringing my hands to ensure that I’ve represented a diverse array of female and minority artists. And, let’s be honest, since I’m in an…
I was driving home late tonight, deep in thought, admittedly still a little stoned and thinking about life, naturally. I’m taking this Abnormal Psych. class, right? And so I’m constantly dissecting life and analyzing myself and everyone around me— more than I was before this class, if you can believe that. Morbid and paranoid as it is, almost every time I’m in a car I consider the vast and interesting ways I could happen to die. Firey, horrific, unusual, you name it, and I have thought about it. Just for a second.
Tonight I considered not who would care, but rather, who would feel it, instantly?
Who would feel the cord of my life cut in half?
Only one person came to mind. I have no idea what all this means, but trust that I certainly am acknowledging the significance of it.
“AQUARIUS; January 21 - February 20
You’ve done the right thing. Don’t think for one minute that you have to get people to hear you out because who ever you’re dealing with is convinced that they’re right about everything. If you ignore their stupid games you’ll get more out of this than if you buy into any of the drama they’re creating. Besides, you have better things to do. Speaking of that, you have a lot to look forward to. All the pressure of the last six months is off and you can begin to think about how you want to spend some long awaited free time.”—http://www.mountaintimes.info/horoscope/
what if it’s time for the ‘United States”, to take sides, to no longer be united—and to fight for what we actually regard as morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. what if it’s time to really separate church and state and to rewrite what we believe is our true constitution.
Listening to NPR today, about the history of the civil war, and how the word contraband was created to keep runaway slaves who made it to the north from being sent back to their owner (as was national law) in the southern states; a way around this unethical law was to declare the slaves now the ‘property’ of the north. Considered contraband of the war, the runaways were now legally allowed to stay in the north, and no longer subject to their slave owners in the south. As more and more slaves caught word they flocked towards the north. These, now free, slaves made up a large number of the soldiers who then helped fight the Civil War which raged on.
All this made me think of the way the issues in my life like contraception and abortion law up for debate, how the gay community is still fighting for rights, how racism is still alive and so fierce, and how corrupt, not only obvious industries like banks, but now HEALTH CARE and AGRICULTURE (our FOOD of all things!) have become.
Just the beginning of the list of things I lose sleep over at night, I got wrapped up in the similarities between what was called the “awakening of the civil war” and current issues in my own lifetime. What if another separation is upon us? Maybe it’s not best to stand so united?