|(photo by Marija Jure; used with permission)|
This came on the heels of reading a very
I have very different feelings about social justice and social programs than I used to. I had a lot of questions and very staunch assumptions. I had people challenge them, and one day I finally started to listen. It was hard to do, because assumptions. But I dared to. I learned so many things and continue to learn more. I encourage others to do the same, but sometimes they just ... don't. I can't make them. I can't make them want to. All I can do is share my voice in the conversation, continue to learn and continue to productively love other humans in the way I live out my life and my vote.
So, I encourage you to read and watch and sit. Everything on this page is a different corner of the same subject. Just sit and chew, if you want to. Taste something different first, without assuming it will be bitter. Look at it from many angles.
If you have a question like, "How can someone be getting welfare and have a brand new TV in their living room?" then google it. A lot. In a million different ways. Or ask and talk to many, many, many people on public assistance.
If you think to yourself, "How can all these wealthy, highly intelligent people be the morons voting for more social programs to give away more of their money? It makes no sense! Morons!" then I would encourage you to ... find out why. Dig around. Answer your own question by going to the people that have poured their lives and research into it.
If you want to. When you're ready. I had many factors that played into my life that pushed me to listen more and dig deeper. It had to become more important to me for me to do that work for myself.
It was work. I won't sugar coat it. It still is. Autodidacticism can be a bitch.
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