Thursday, November 04, 2004

Long and preachy, but oh well...

By the original poster's own admission, he was feeling full of vitriol this morning, and is a little more resigned now, but I felt his words were very appropriate, echoing the level of anger many of us are feeling, and I got permission to quote him here:

"So, congratulations, people of America. Now we know that gay people are so fucking terrifying that a misdirected preemptive war that engendered more terrorist activity than it eliminated, a president who makes jokes about missing WMDs while American soldiers and Iraqi civilians die, an attack on our civil liberties, and trillions in defecit are just dandy. Just so long as two men don't fall in love. Fucking rot."

And this is one of the saddest things of all. It means that guys like Pat Robertson did a damn fine job of promoting prejudice.

We seem to live in a country of lemmings. The majority of people rely on the media and celebrities for everything they do, from the way they wear their clothes, hair, and makeup, to the books they read (Oprah's book club, anyone?), to the candidates they support.

And while all of this is incredibly sad (I found myself having a good cry today) it does not mean we should give up the fight, or spew hatred at the USA and say you're going to leave the country and that everyone who still chooses to call themselves an American is stupid (I had to unfriend someone who was spewing extremely hateful junk like this today.)

Certainly, anger is the mood of the day, and we should all feel justified in letting off steam. Having said that, sometimes things don't go our way, even if we do get off our butts and work hard to try to change things for the better.

And when that happens, that's not the time to roll up into a fetal position, and say "Screw you guys, I'm goin' home!" like Cartman on South Park. That's the time you are supposed to dig in your heels, and commit yourself to continue working.

Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.

Card of the day: Two of Wands--this is someone who has reached maturity. Someone who has the stick-to-it-iveness to push their dreams through into reality. Someone willing to look at the Big Picture. I believe today, of all days, is a day we are being asked by the Universe to be Two of Wands people.

As my spiritual guru, Aleister Crowley, says in The Book of Lies:

"Hunger thou, O man, for the infinite: be insatiable even for the finite; thus at The End shalt thou devour the finite, and become the infinite.
Be thou more greedy than the shark, more full of yearning than the wind among the pines.
The weary pilgrim struggles on; the satiated pilgrim stops.
The road winds uphill: all law, all nature must be overcome.
Do this by virtue of THAT in thyself before which law and nature are but shadows."

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