Today’s post is a reflective one. I make a point of trying to look towards the future rather than reflecting on the past most of the time, as I believe it’s healthier for the soul. But sometimes events or circumstance cause us to reflect. Today is one of those sometimes.
My son, Ben, was married this past weekend on the other side of the world from me, in Canada. Ben is now 22, and I think about him and his older sister Emily every day, though they don’t know that., And though I study the wedding pictures I’ve been able to find like a forensic analyst searching for clues, those pictures will never tell me all I wish to know about my son, his journey, or his life. It leaves me with so many unanswered questions, and a deep void that one day I hope will at least be partially filled.
My cousin Terry passed away the week before Ben’s wedding, in Tennessee. He was 60. Terry spent a winter with us in his senior year of high school, fulfilling a dream to further his ice hockey dreams in Canada. He was 17 or 18 years old when he came to stay; I was a wide eyed kid of maybe 11 or 12, and Terry was my hero. When he went back to Tennessee, a world away for me then, it was hard.
We spoke a week before he passed. I hadn’t seen him in person in probably twenty years. What struck me more than anything when we spoke is how he still sounded as he did when he was 18 years old. We spoke about the time he spent with our family; skating and playing hockey on the pond we had in our backyard after school. And now he’s gone, and there’s another void.
I’m late to the game when it comes to social media. I just signed up to Facebook a couple of months ago, and though I posted a few things I was content for the most part to just observe; get to know the lay of the land so to speak. I started reaching out to friends and family over the last few days. When I’m in Australia and they’re in North America it does help to bring souls closer.
But what I’ve noticed more than anything else is how people can be so easily swayed by….I hate to use the word propaganda, maybe ‘today’s narrative’ sounds better. What do I mean? OK, I’ll give a few examples. Social Justice Warriors, or SJW’s for short. What is it with everyone on Facebook virtue signalling on every post? Everybody I look up on Facebook is either a) posting the most recent viral animal video, or b) virtue signalling about how righteous they are because they aren’t ‘racist’ while anyone who has a different political viewpoint is, or c) wanting to give away their own countries sovereignty by allowing in any Tom, Dick or Harry that wants in, or d) wanting to save the planet from the scourge of man-made global warming.
This has left another void, between what I know from past experience interacting with you and what I now witness on your social media pages.
Has everyone lost the plot while I’ve been away? Get a grip, look around, and stop listening exclusively to mainstream sources. There are lots of sources out there to provide alternative viewpoints from what you are force fed daily. I know that there are a lot of non-mainstream sites that are kooky. That’s what you get with unfettered information. Trust me the alternative to unfettered information is worse. Ask the Chinese.
But there are a lot of sites that are well researched and impeccably presented. Here are just a few to get you started; just examples off the top of my head to wean you away from the narrative that you have grown to believe. You will be better informed for reading them, even if you disagree. There’s not one of you that don’t have the capability of using your brain without regurgitating the (excuse me) bullshit that your spewing on your pages.
Eyes open, No fear.