As a young person being brought up by parents who may as well think that 1984 is an instruction manual more than a prophetic description of the Hell we now inhabit, - well i say brought up, more dragged up kicking and screaming - i used to look to culture to inform me about what was normal and rational about society... I knew about the problems with radical movements, but they couldn't infiltrate the culture. Could they?
Looking back on it now, i was somewhat naïve to say the least. Given that we are now in the position where it's culturally accepted that whether or not your speech is violence depends on the content of what you say. Now, that itself would have been bad enough, even without the delightful irony of seeing a shirt that said "silence is violence" being worn by a man ( or maybe woman, I've lose all interest in discussing biology when i think that not discussing something else could lead to the end of the Republic ) holding a sign saying "speech is violence" and ...
Did you know 22 veterans commit suicide everyday? Did you know that the suicide rate has gone up with the general public tremendously this year because of isolation? Just be aware when you’re engaging with people around you. We never know what others are going through. And holidays...during Covid...job losses...financial strain...an effed up election...are a recipe for this. Be extra kind right now. I only say this because I am a veteran and I’ve worked with them. Have a great week.
A message from Dave.