Posts Tagged ‘violence’

Let’s Talk Politics! Here’s mine, what’s yours?

January 29, 2010

I am an anarcha-feminist. I believe in freedom from all forms of oppression and hierarchies. Peace, love, unity, solidarity, and punk rock. I don’t want to rule and I don’t want to be ruled. I don’t believe in any nasty isms – such as racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, classism, and specism. I am against homophobia, xenophobia, and transphobia. I detest violence. I am a pacifist. I am pretty extreme – I don’t watch violent movies or play violent games. I believe violence creates violence. That any peace held with violence – is a false peace. I believe that health care, food, water, and housing should be a right not a privileged. I don’t pledge allegiance to the flag – I want no nations, no borders. No human is illegal. I want community and people working to help humanity. I believe we have a responsibility to take care of our planet so all species can live in harmony. I believe thou shall not kill. Life is precious and should never be taken for any reason. I can see a world with no war – where people won’t ever want to leave their home because everything they ever need is right there in front of them. A world free of rape, starvation, slavery, and bombs. This world is possible – if you want it. The system is made up of people – with changing yourself, you being a person, you can change the entire world.

With that being said, I took a quiz which I took a couple of years back. When I took the quiz for the first time, my politics were aligned with Gandhi.

Now, Gandhi looks moderate compared to me. See my results here.

What’s your politics? Take the quiz here. Post a comment with your results! I am curious to see what other people are. 🙂

Peace Needs To Be The Foundation of Our Society

December 10, 2009

In order for there to be peace, the whole foundation of our society needs to change.  We live in a society based on violence.  If we are to have peace, we need to have a society based on peace.

Everything from entertainment to what we put in our bellies to what games we play as a child are centered around violence.  We have the “good verses evil” scenario drilled into our heads.  We are taught separation, “us and them.”

Most people are addicted to violence.  Their life revolved around it and they aren’t even aware of it.  If we really valued peace, why would we murder animals for food?  Why would we watch superheroes fighting supervillains for “truth, justice, and doing things our way?”  Why would we teach our children to play with weapons?  Why would we later send our children to war?

Having violence in news, television, and video games are made to desensitize us.  It trains us to even find violence to be entertaining and unquestionably accept it as another part of life.  It makes it so when we hear of war people praise it instead of abhor it.

If we built a society based on peace, the current establishment would collapse.  Our youth wouldn’t want to fight wars.  We wouldn’t murder animals for pleasure.  We would detest the taking of life and value tranquility.

Instead of viewing the world as a conflict; dog eat dog or us verses them, we’d start building community.  Instead of seeing differences as a threat which is the hostile violent reaction to have – we would cherish our differences and embrace them.  If we taught kindness and compassion in place of conformity and unquestioning obedience to authority – we’d have a nurturing and caring world instead of the hostile environment we have.

News flash: The world is the way it is because of us.  Humans make the world the way it is.  The only way the world is going to change is if the people change.  The only way the people are going to change is with education.  The way we’ve been educated: from pre-school to college is inept.  There are so many problems in this world because people weren’t taught properly.  Humans aren’t born knowing how to be human and most people forget that.  The current system doesn’t teach people brotherhood, solidarity, or sharing.  We need to focus on unity regardless of what limits our meat suit proscribes us.  The current school system isn’t focused on building the best people it can.  It’s more focus on building the best worker it can.

The quality of people today is terrible.  It’s just messed up people having messed up children, teaching their kids the same mistake they were taught.  No wonder why the world’s a mess.  The cycle needs to end somewhere.  It can start with you by learning to be a kind, compassionate, and loving human being.  Philosophers, religions, and thinkers across the ages have all been trying to communicate the same idea: That we need to love each other and get along.  That we are all human.  We are all one.

We need to teach ourselves that fighting amongst ourselves is not okay.  That violence is not acceptable.  We need to find a way to tolerate each other and not hate.  There’s so much hate in this world when the foundation should be love.  I was told once by a friend’s mom that “People only act out of pain.”  I thought about it, and she was wrong.  People act out of love too, not just pain.  If we all learned to love a little and have our actions be based in love – the world would be an amazing place.