So recently I was chatting with a coworker who gave me a lot to ponder. I involves (as you might guess from my title) tolerance vs. respect. His point was that he dislikes the term tolerance. He said, “Anyone can tolerate another person for a short while in a social setting, being tolerant of someone is as good as lying to them. Instead of tolerating a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, etc., you should respect them. Respect their differences even if you may not agree with them.”
In this day and age where it seems that the “US vs THEM” message is stuffed down our throats by our politicians, religious institutions, and media, respect is a rare thing. There are a lot of groups that I don’t like or agree with, but I respect the right of most of them to exist (I draw the line at racists, hate groups, and those who want to hurt others). Just because you’re different than me or have different beliefs doesn’t mean we can’t sit down and have an intelligent and thoughtful conversation.
I will not tolerate you, I’ll respect you and I hope that you can do the same.
When will it sink into Trump’s thick skull that he can’t continue to use an unsecured smartphone? When will he quit discussing state matters in full view of the public? When will his staff quit using unsecured email servers run by the RNC?
And this is the guy that made such a big deal about HRC having her own private email server.
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of tweets and facebook posts from folks on the Republican side telling celebrities to “Shut up, nobody wants to hear your political opinions. You’re just an actor, do your job and keep your political opinions to yourself!”. First of all, you need to realize that actors, celebrities, recording artists, and authors are full fledged human beings…they have every right to their political opinions, just like you have the right to yours. If you don’t want to hear their opinions then don’t listen.
The audacity to think that because someone is a celebrity, that they somehow matter less or that they are somehow less of a person because of their job is ludicrous.
We all must be afforded the opportunity to speak our minds. It doesn’t matter if you are rich, poor, Republican, Democrat, Independent, immigrant, gay, straight, black, white, Hispanic, Asian…whatever, we all deserve to have our voices heard. That’s one of the great things about America, you have the freedom to speak.
Today is Inauguration Day. I’m filled with such anger, worry, and sadness that I refuse to even think about Twittler today and so instead today I’m only posting positive things. Rest assured that tomorrow I’ll resume my posting about his many downfalls, but today I can’t even.
So here’s some things that make me smile:
The Overwatch community continues to surprise and delight me. This tribute to a fallen player is both moving and a terrific way to pay tribute to their lost friend.
Via-Kotaku by Nathan Grayson
Our first close up of Saturn’s little moon Daphnis
Via-Gizmodo by Rae Paoletta
Via-Daily Kos by Mark Sumner
Could Trump and Putin’s bromance be any more obvious? I mean get a room guys. It’s so sweet how Putie sticks up for his little Trumpkin!
Seriously though…I never thought I’d see the day when a Russian dictator would be standing up for the PEOTUS.
Via-TechCrunch by Taylor Hatmaker
Anybody really surprised that Trump isn’t going to divest his holdings to avoid conflicts of interest? No? Didn’t think so.
Via-Gizmodo by Albert Burneko on The Concourse, shared by Adam Clark Estes to Gizmodo
Seems like the MSM is having a bit of a tiff over this. Half seem to want to suck up to Trump and scold BuzzFeed for reporting on a document that’s been knocking around DC for at least a month, and the other half supports BuzzFeed.
Listen up reporters! Get your shit together. Don’t start infighting. Trump will furnish you with ample opportunities over the coming months and years to report on his many problems, conflicts, and mistakes. Do not give in to him and start attacking each other.