This has been a trying week. The Parkland shooting survivors have received death threats and have been accused of being “crisis actors”. I got treated to a Georgia politician complaining about conservatives being kicked around for their “values”. I had to listen to a Broward county sheriff boast about his “amazing” leadership. I heard the Grand Nagus claim that he would have run into the school and done something. I keep hearing that there were multiple calls about this kid and his brother, yet no one saw any warning signs. And I keep hearing people demanding that the AR-15 not be banned, because they need this gun in case they have to overthrow the government that they support.
In other words, I’ve been hearing that guns matter more than human lives.
For the last several days, I’ve had a song stuck in my head: “Easy to be Hard” by Three Dog Night. The song is almost fifty years old, yet it’s just as relevant today as it was in 1969.
How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold
The words tumble through my head. These are questions I can’t answer and I’ve asked them over and over throughout the years.
Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about being proud
How about I need a friend, I need a friend
I ask that myself.
Nowadays, it’s trendy for “SJWs” to be the butt of the joke. Everything bad happening in society? It’s those pesky SJWs’ fault! If only they weren’t so damned sensitive and could just lighten up and take a joke and not be so concerned about their identity politics and feminism and all that…
It’s somehow those people’s fault. It’s not the fault of anyone else, no. It’s the SJWs out there. If they didn’t say anything, then life would just hum along like normal and things like Parkland wouldn’t happen…
Easy to say no
But too easy to be cold
Easy to say no
But too easy to say no
It’s far too easy to be cold, to be cruel. It’s not easy to say, “Things are fucked up and we need to change them.” The status quo is easy. It’s change that’s the difficult thing.