I actually forgot one of the most important things I wanted to say in my last post 'cause I was so mad.
On the way to the airport going home, someone brought up gamers and what did this bitch say? That all gamers or people who like to play video games were nerdy losers. She had completely forgotten I had told her that I was a gamer myself. I couldn't believe people like these individuals even existed. I knew that the neocons were out there, and sure, maybe a lot of people I know and associate with are or might be pretty conservative, but I've never seen it so ingloriously (no Tarantino) personified, and with such ignorance.
There have been plenty of times in my life that I felt a little on the left, stood out a little too much, was just a little too different. But NEVER in my life have I ever felt so completely radical/leftist/socialist/hippy than I did during that trip to Vegas. Manz pointed out that what really upset me the most is that trophy biatch and the nerd basically were diametrically opposed to everything I stand for, and they DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT. And it's true.
I don't make a big deal out of it, but I try and stay conscious. I stay aware of what's going on in the world, because I believe it affects me. The butterfly effect, right? There's plenty of poor folks out there who had no idea the housing crisis would ever affect them. I wonder how they feel now? Shit, for that matter, when I was a teenager way back when, I myself never thought that the actions of any president would ever affect my daily life or the decisions I make on a daily basis. I was, of course, dead wrong. I know better, now. I know better than to NOT vote and not let my voice be heard.
So I pay attention to a multitude of news sources (except for Faux News and affiliates) especially international news agencies, because I don't want to be one of those stupid ethnocentric Americans. I stay aware of everything going on in China/Tibet, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and the "smaller" (in terms of less covered by the news and less in the headlines) but no less terrible conflicts in the rest of the world, like in Ireland, like in Zimbabwe, like in Bangladesh.
I also pay attention to the products I consume because I don't want to be some ignorant, rapacious consumer. I don't want to just consume without thought, because then, what am I? I don't patronize Wal-Mart, Starbucks, McDonald's, the Disney store, etc, for their FUCKED business ethics and practices. (Look it all up yourself, if you wanna know. The interwebs is an interesting place. But fact check, too.) It doesn't matter how many press releases a company comes out with that they've gotten better, they've improved, because it doesn't matter. To me, all they've done is find better ways to hide their shady business practices.
And why do I care about what these companies do? Plenty of people have asked me. Why should I care about what goes on outside of our country? Because that's part of what makes me a member of the human race. How can I say or believe I'm a good person if I help a company perpetuate their horrible business practices that include treating other human beings like dirt? How can I call myself aware or conscious of what goes on in the world if I don't pay attention to what my fellow Americans are doing in their businesses in other parts of the world? These are the questions I had to ask myself several years back.
Anyway, . I'm done. I think I'm over it now. Back to your regularly scheduled shit talking bitchiness!