First, I’d like to thank my friend for allowing me to post this on his blog since it doesn’t necessarily relate to the overall theme of my personal blog.
These thoughts have been brewing for a while now. I’ve shared my dark philosophy with my close friends but never quite as out loud or publicly as this platform will offer. It’s pretty depressing, but I feel that the truth behind the message might change the way that people think about certain issues that aren’t yet socially acceptable for whatever reason.
Tonight I read a post in a Facebook group about a high school student that was expressing how disappointed he was with a conversation that his parents had with one another. His parents’ conversation was about another set of parents that were extremely upset that their child announced that he was a homosexual and how they would be devastated if their one child did the same. It inspired me to open my laptop and type this post.
Over the past few years, I have developed a firm stance on gay rights. Not because I am gay myself, but because I am open-minded. If that last statement was insulting to you then you should probably read on and probably be even more insulted. I realize that people might not share the same views as me but they are still entitled to their own views and lifestyles. That’s my definition of open-minded. If you feel otherwise based on your religion, political affiliation, or because “that’s the way you were raised” then you aren’t open-minded. You are basing how everyone else should live on the set of standards that you set for yourself. Just stop and think about it for a second. No really, stop right now before reading the next paragraph and just pause to think about the things that you believe and how they affect the happiness of others. (Pause and count to 30)
I didn’t always feel as passionate as I do now about equality. It was only a few years ago that the words “faggot” and “nigger” were part of my regular vocabulary. It’s not something that I am proud of by any means. Now, I actually am quite offended when I hear people use these words even in a playful sense. It’s really not funny to me any more. Who the hell am I (and you) to tell other people how to live their life if it’s not directly affecting the way I live mine? I might not agree with it but I support that very right.
I thought about how things changed of the course of history and how embarrassing it is to think that the rights that some people have today were denied not long ago in our past. From slavery to women’s right to vote, it’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing to think of how big of a deal it is that we now have a black president because we never thought in our recent past that we would ever see this as possible and acceptable. It’s milestones like these that expose how narrow-minded we actually are as a society.
Over time, things get better but it’s never fast enough. I credit the changes in socially acceptable issues to more open-mindedness from generation to generation. Our ancestors socially accepted rights that denied others of those very same rights and we are still doing the same thing today with gay marriage. It will again be embarrassing to look back 20 years from now when gay marriage is passed (hopefully much much sooner) and wonder why we waited so long to pass a law that allows people to be happy. Gays aren’t looking for anything else but equality and we as a society are denying them of that. That’s embarrassing.
As generations continue they become more accepting to the beliefs of others. My generation is more accepting of homosexuality than my parents’ generation and definitely more accepting than their parents’ generation. What is awesome about this trend is that my children will live in a world that is more accepting than the very one in which I live. It’s very offensive and insulting to accept the concept that things will be better when you’re (I’m) gone and that’s a beautiful thing for our children, their children and so on.