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Paris is Next-Door

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Dear peeps,

 

When something like this happens, I often get the feeling that it is indecent to even speak of it, to even assume that we could possibly understand anything so horrible, when we haven’t experienced it first-hand. Or to talk on behalf of the people who have. But it is a necessity, so I’m going to share my thoughts here, and maybe you can relate to what I have to say.

I am not very involved in politics, I don’t always keep up with world happenings. It all just seems so irrelevant to my personal life that sometimes I just can’t be bothered. I think this is very common for young people in particular. And so yesterday evening, when my class’ group chat started exploding with shock and outrage at what was happening in Paris, I didn’t even read it until this morning.

When I realized what had happened, I was beyond ashamed. I am ashamed that I could ever feel exempt from the responsibility each person has of being involved in our global community. Such apathy is entirely arrogant.

Paris is next-door to Switzerland. My class went there on a trip last year. It could have been us. It could have been our friends or family, and for all these people, it was them and their friends, their family.Displaying IMG_0976.JPG

this is my best friend and me on the eiffel tower. it only took us three hours to get to paris.

this is my best friend and me on the eiffel tower. it only took us three hours on the train to get to paris.

I watched some video footage of people running out of Bataclan, screaming, wounded, falling, dead. A man yelling out repeatedly, “Oscar!” Limping.

Who is Oscar? Is Oscar okay?

There were people hanging onto window sills for dear life. You could hear gunfire. Shouts for help.

I have never seen anything so horrifying. This wasn’t a movie, a reenacted documentary. This was real. I cried for nearly fifteen minutes. At the same time, I knew that my mom and my brother were inside the house, safe. I was texting my friends about this, so they were safe. Obviously, they were all safe. They weren’t in Paris, they weren’t even in France. But the fear was there nonetheless.

“It is a horror.”

And then I watched François Hollande’s speech, speaking of France’s strength, the injustice, how they would overcome this evil, that they would go against ISIS ruthlessly. And my sense of fear and terror turned into rage.

Those cannot be humans behind those masks! Those are monsters! This is pure evil.

I want to be able to help, but the most I can do is like and share facebook posts, change my profile picture to the French flag, and be sad and angry. Believe me, I’m happy to do that. It’s important to show support, for every person to be there for the victims of these attacks, but we should strive for more.

facebook’s movement

I started this post by mentioning indecency vs necessity, and I want to come back to that now: I have often considered the idea of becoming a journalist, and frequently, the financial prospects (and yes, the “irrelevance” – the irony of this is not lost on me) put me off it. But the helplessness I felt today made me realize that I owe it to myself and to society to be one of the people who ties us together by ensuring that people are informed, that people understand the very real happenings around them, so that we don’t lead disconnected, oblivious lives.

This isn’t meant to be a life-changing post or some sort of instruction, but it’s the impression this event has made on me, and I wanted to share it with you.

Lastly, I want to say that I am so grateful for all of my friends and family, and my heart goes out to all those who have suffered through these attacks.

 

Sincerely,

Penny

 

Links to the main articles I read, not including the more recent updates (one is in French, but the footage is comprehensible all the same):

Le Monde

BBC News

 

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Is Gay A “Trend”?

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Hi fellow Internetpeople,

 

I’m sure we’re all aware of society’s growing dispute on the topic of LGBT and anything in that category. And if not, then please comment and tell us all which planet you’ve been living on ;)

Shout out to Ireland.

 

Anyway, I was reading an article on LGBT expression connected to freedom of speech and rights to biological parents etc. (which was really fascinating so click on this link to read it, there are some really good points in both the article and the one it discusses) and it inspired me to write this one.

I have a few LGBT friends, and while I fully support everything about it, one of them actually said to me that they wondered if being LGBT might just be “trending” (or maybe I read it somewhere, anywho… that’s what I’m going to write about now). I was quite surprised that they would say that, but it has definitely got me thinking.

Some things, like the classic “college girl lesbian experimenting”, have been a widely accepted part of society for a couple decades now, openly admitted and even joked about.

case and point

 

Other aspects like, say, the situation in ANCIENT Greece (that was more than two-and-a-half thousand years ago, think about it.), have been around for ages, and prove that people always have been, and always will be, inclined to engage in more than just man-woman relationships.

In fact there’s some very interesting information out there, for example: You may have heard that the idea of soldiers in ancient Greece having romantic feelings towards each other was popularly believed to boost fighting morale. But did you know that even though Homer didn’t actually portray the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus as a sexual one, the Greeks shipped them tremendously? Yes, it was a thing, even way back then. Here’s some ancient fan-art:

Was I the only one who didn’t really know this?

Enough rambling: My point is, in the past few years, more and more people have been describing themselves (especially on social media, where anonymity plays a large role in self-confidence) as “confused”, “unsure”, “searching”, or “experimenting” with, for, or about their sexual orientation.

Or look at all the celebrities who are suddenly coming out at bisexual. Would they have done that ten years ago? Exactly.

megan fox…

…billie joe armstrong…

…lady gaga … and these are just a few

 

 

And I am in no way questioning the truth of such claims, but here is where you finally find out what the title of this post is supposed to mean ;) –>

Are all these people are finally free to express themselves, because the subject is no longer tabu? Or has the “trending” of the issue only just made them subconsciously aware that they are even “allowed” to have these thoughts?

It’s probably a combination of both, but I just wanted to put my thoughts on the matter out there, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

 

Cheers,

Penny