The holiday season this year has me feeling a certain way about family. Political differences have torn my family apart, and traditions from when my grandparents were alive may be lost and exist only in my memory.
For some of my recent articles on Thanksgiving, I had to read through polling A survey by The New York Times and Sienna College highlights Americans’ tendency to judge each other’s personalities based on political affiliation.
But, unfortunately, the polls have also caught on to the sad reality that many of us have allowed politics to be an excuse to completely cut off family members from our lives.
Politics is always on the table during Thanksgiving dinner; in today’s political climate, it can be contentious. Can Democrats and Republicans still celebrate Thanksgiving together? Mike Carter of Newsmax [@MikeCarterTV
] Reporting from New York City.
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 17, 2022
Over the last week, my husband and I have been reflecting on our relationships with friends and family. We have come to realize that political and social issues seem to dominate the lives of those we are estranged from.
So it will come out as a society that we all become obsessed.
you will be taken care of
Social and political issues seem to have taken over every aspect of life. In fact, as I’m sitting next to my son writing this, he’s watching a “Transformers” cartoon in which one of the characters corrects Optimus Prime for their favorite pronoun.
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“The pronoun for nightshade is they/they.”
oops yes. Optimus quickly apologized and continued using the correct pronoun without fuss.Optimus Prime Confirms Not Transgender pic.twitter.com/Z6NVkQuSt4
– Three Passage Ruby (@PassionTentacle) November 14, 2022
Aside from the fact that the character isn’t even human, but a machine known as an Autobot, this cartoon for kids my son’s age feels compelled to delve into issues of gender identity. What’s up with cartoons that focus on teamwork, color wheel recognition, and humor?
Unfortunately, you can’t not care about an issue or want to enjoy something that has nothing to do with some social justice issue or ideology. This “Transformers” cartoon reminds me of my first article on The Political Insider, I’ve changed channels and won’t be coming back.
I’ve decided that I’m fed up with the awakening concept seeping into the shows and movies my kids watch on Disney+, and it’s over. Yep, I’m that mom who canceled her Disney+ subscription and hasn’t looked back since.
Are you not happy?
My husband and I often watch older TV shows or movies on streaming channels instead of some newer ones. We’re eager to re-watch shows like “Battlestar Galactica” (the Edward James Olmos version, the old one was weird), “Lost” and “Heroes.”
we rewatch movies like this Knife series, die hard stubborn movie and a chuck norris flick invade america and delta force。 We keep revisiting these reruns and old movies because they serve the original and main purpose of entertainment: escape.
Instead of infiltrating social justice clichés and less negative political innuendos, these episodes keep people entertained lightly, engage with new ideas, and perhaps best of all,… talk. For example, my husband and I argue about which superpower from “Heroes” we want to have and why.
We laughed while arguing about Wesley Snipes and Chuck Norris clichés die hard stubborn As a Christmas movie (the correct answer is of course a Christmas movie). But today’s TV shows and movies cannot escape political and social justice issues.
you can’t even watch world cup No gender and sexual ideology shoved down your throat when you yell “Goal!”
— Ben Aquila (@benjaaquila) November 16, 2022
yoga isn’t cutting it
My six-year-old daughter is passionate, which means a lot of feelings. Therefore, we are currently working hard to teach the valuable life lessons of practicing self-control.
This is a skill that many of us running around on social media lack. No one seems to know how to regulate their emotional responses and manage their reactions to adversity or to people who disagree with them.
A debate or conversation involving politics can quickly devolve into interrupting, talking at each other, and eventually yelling at each other. We have lost the art of agreeing to disagree.
There is a line in one of my favorite books, 1984relates to this:
“What can you do with a lunatic who is smarter than yourself? Who has heard your arguments fairly and persisted in this crazy practice?”
Sometimes all you can do is smile, shrug, and accept that they disagree with you, and probably always will.
Left: Divorce your Republican husband because of Kavanaugh
Left: If an adult woman feels pressured by a college classmate to have sex, it is assault
Left, too: Hillary still doesn’t admit president hitting his intern was an abuse of power, and that’s fine
— Inez Stephenman ⚪️🔴⚪️ (@InezFeltscher) October 15, 2018
addicted to anger and guilt
My husband likes to joke that I have a limited emotional range, just like my dad. He argued that I was only capable of being happy, hungry, crazy and tired.
Of course, that’s not true, but as a society we seem to prefer to live in the emotional space of anger and guilt. Either we are filled with anger at some injustice or violation of our rights.
Or we revel in our guilt because we were born and exist to selfishly try to elevate ourselves above others. We need to remember how to express many other emotions.
Suspected Cause of Death: Bai Guilt pic.twitter.com/btogaQ51GA
— CCLD (@CCLD13) November 16, 2022
I mean, you can be surprised, confused (I live in this place a lot), depressed, hell, and you can even choose to be content, or, dare I say it, happy.
As mentioned source:
“…I learned to live with everything but happiness. I had to learn how to carry it.”
Am I the only one who thinks the close friendship between the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia is considered a unicorn or a once-in-a-lifetime thing very strange? When did it feel weird to be in a relationship with someone who wasn’t yours or held a different faith?
One of the biggest regrets of my life is that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was white.
— Ann Lesby, PhD (she/she) 🌈 (@AnnLesbyPhD) November 15, 2022
Somehow, we decided to boil down what constitutes a person to two things: your physical traits and your political affiliation. but it is not the truth.
I am not just a white straight female republican. I’m an old hand, mom, big fan of punk rock; I love poetry and history, with an emphasis on American history and royal history (think Plantagenets), and I love chocolate ice cream, which knows no borders, but still just scratches the surface .
However, I may be putting too much faith in all of us. Maybe most of us are just the sum of our traits and our politics.
read a book
Is it too late for us? Are we destined to be the most boring generation on the planet?
I hope not. Finding comfort in emotions unrelated to eternal discomfort would be a step in the right direction.
We also need to stop revering our elected officials and celebrities as gods and demons who walk among us mortals. They’re just people we decide to over-glamorize or over-demonize.
As King Henry V said in Shakespeare’s play:
“I see the king as just a human being, as I am. Violet is to him as it is to me.”
These political and entertainment icons we have built in are just as flawed as we are, they are just mortal. They hardly deserve the attention we spend on them.
We need to read more books, preferably some classics and some beach trash, as I call them. We need to read more poetry, watch more art, laugh at more slapstick, and ask stupid questions like who would win in a fight – John McClain or Chuck Norris (the correct answer is John McClain).
— Hamtaro 🐹🎮🇫🇷 (@Hamtaro85280) November 17, 2022
If we don’t start doing the above, we will continue to be absolutely boring.
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