I’ve written a lot on this blog about my mental health issues and how I’ve chosen to isolate myself away from my fellow man. There’s a truckload of psychobabble that I could go into, and have gone into in the past, to try to explain why I am the way I am, but it all boils down to one thing in the end: I’m just fucking tired of having to witness the horrible way that we so-called “civilized beings” treat each other.
Now I know that you’re probably wondering, if I hate to see people mistreating each other so badly, why I spend so much time watching the crap on TV detailing precisely what it is that I claim to be escaping from? The simple answer is that I’m still looking for insights to help me understand why people behave so badly. And yes, I’m also hoping for signs that things are changing for the better.
Recently, there’s been a lot of news on the issue of “bullying” in our society, something I can relate to very well. A lot of people are making a lot of noise about making changes to the policies and laws that have been so inadequate for dealing with bullies in the past. While I am hopeful, I suspect that these efforts will stall out, as efforts like this usually do, when they run up against the interests of those who benefit from the system as it is.
Despite the fact that most of what I’ve written on this blog is related to this issue at least peripherally (under the intolerance category, for example, and in this Tolerance… Not! volume), I’d be remiss if I did not post something a little more specific to this cause. My approach to doing so was inspired by a performance of Don’t Laugh At Me by Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, the surviving members of Peter, Paul and Mary, on PBS’s Tavis Smiley. The first of the following videos is based on that song. The second is an excellent piece put together by educators using Timbaland’s Apologize. Please take the time to watch them.
I want ice water.