AMBIENT THOUGHT – EPISODE Fifty Nine

The following and all of the other episodes to come are snapshots of what goes on in my head, now and in the past. There are times none of this will make sense. There will be times when I might get lucky and the blog I post will be well constructed and will flow like a mountain stream to an awaiting lake below. Other times it will seem like the ramblings of a madman and you’ll ask yourself, “What the……?”
You should probably get use to the latter.

EPISODE FIFTY NINE:  My Favorite Ism, Individualism…

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Not that I condone fascism; or any ism for that matter. Isms, in my opinion, are not good. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself. – Ferris Bueller

I am a big believer in individualism. And by doing so, it has caused me heartache, strife, and misunderstanding. Also, I have been frustrated and confused because of my belief in it due to the way the world has become. Or it has been but become worse.

Let me explain.

I have been part of many groups and clubs in my life. Some are important, some will seem silly. Most are by choice and a few are not. But I have been or are a part of all of the following:
I have been a Cub Scout, a member of the A-Team fan club, a member of the X-Files fan club, a part of a cooking crew at a restaurant, a member of a Stephen King book club. I have been a member of a few churches and two religions. I am a part of a Facebook group for paracorders. I am a member of a podcast group. I am a member of the nerd society. I am a conservative on some things and a liberal on others.
And I happen to be a white, male of the human race on the planet Earth.

But none of that makes me…me.

Those things are just small parts of me. Most were choices I made and two were not. And those two things I make no excuses for. I got what I got and there you go.

And if you don’t share any of those things with me, that doesn’t mean much. And I don’t care.

It’s the you that I care about. It should be the me that you care about.

I think it’s great to be part of a group, whether you choose it or not. It’s great to be proud about anything about you…or me.

But, honestly, what’s more important than your heart and your soul? What’s more important than being wise and thinking before acting and reacting?

I watch the news and it frustrates me badly. There are some nights when I watch it and it’s like a total train wreak. People hating each other for the way they were born, the job that they have, the choices that they made because they were right for them. People making mountains out of mole hills and mole hills out of mountains. I see people opening their mouths and nobody will listen to their reason and other people open their mouth and nothing comes out but hate and disgust and it’s all ears for them.

Why are we prosecuting people because of the group they belong to when it’s just a few that are causing the injustice?

Think about that question for a second. Can you not put that toward any group you can think of? Can you not put that against any group that you are a part of, that you have chosen or have been chosen for you?

This is the reason why I am a Individualist. I don’t care about what race you are, what religion you are or what religion you are not, where you come from, how you grew up, if you are rich or not, if like books or not, if you like what I like or not…
I care about how you treat others. I care if you show respect. I care that you care.
If you are doing right, it doesn’t matter about anything else.

Some people have had it worse in their life due to their choices and non-choices and that is a shame. Some people have had it worse due to the profession that they chose when some in that profession caused some serious problems. That doesn’t make those like the ones that have done bad.

This is my list of things for being an individualist. It’s real simple.
Don’t go with the group for the sake of it. Decide if it’s right and right for you.
Only judge others for their works and not for anything else. Period.
And don’t judge the group for what some of the individuals are doing within that group.

That’s pretty plain and simple.

Try this. Tomorrow, wake up fresh. When you go out, see people as individualists. Don’t see them as a representative of a group of any kind. See them as one person. If somebody does something bad to you, judge that one person.

I’m dreaming, of course. As a society, we may be too far gone. We may have burned too many bridges to fix things. We may have spoiled the chance for our children to be peaceable for further generations because of the way we are acting. If parents allow it, their children will see the ugliness that the TV allows us to see and think that’s the way the world has to be.

I have hope, though. I happen to know some wonderful individuals that want a better world. I know some of those think like I do. They teach their children that peace starts with them. They see others as one person and not a total representation of a whole group.
Maybe the world will be a better place in the future…

It could start now.
If we choose to…

-Loyd Elmore
March 3rd, 2017

 

I’ve decided to keep a blog about how I’m dealing with depression. I’m going to consider this a form of therapy. It might not help anybody else but it might help me.

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