Sometimes, I'm not exactly sure where I stand when it comes to issues in this world. Lately, I've seen so much on Twitter and Facebook, and right now in America that makes it seem like we live in a black and white world. I don't mean this racially. In America, we have been ignoring the shades of gray in the middle. Some people just breathe and then all of a sudden they're being offensive to someone.
While I do understand our awareness of these situations allows us to progress as a society, there is a point where we are getting mad at everyone for everything, and not allowing room for growth. This doesn't just apply to one side at all, its both sides of the spectrum. I've seen people gravitate to extremes both as liberals and conservatives.
I still feel some anxiety for even speaking about this because of the newly formed "cancel culture" we have nowadays. It would never be my intention to offend anyone, and I'm a firm believer that being kind and having forgiveness is something that works wonders with people. I don't understand why someone wanting to have a religion is offensive, nor do I understand why loving someone of the same gender as you are offensive either.
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Now, people can come at me for having these beliefs, it's totally fine. Perhaps these people see the world more black and white than I do. There is some part of me that desperately wishes for confirmation that I'm not the only person in this world who just wants to see people respecting one another. If the behavior is not being mean or hurting anyone, why is it canceled? Why are we not just allowed to mind our own business anymore? The real answer is behind the screen. Social Media allows us to bare our all, and there really is no such thing as minding your business in an online world.
After a year or so of me just observing politics, opinions, and cancellations, I feel as though I understand. The world is not separated by #MAGA or #TimesUP. With the rise of social media and the presence of technology in our society, we are constantly misunderstanding each other. We see tweets that cause outrage everywhere, and you really have to search for people who see the situation for what it is. People have made careers out of outrage posts, videos, or even podcasts.
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I guess what I'm really trying to say is, many of us have sunk into this mindset that we can't be somewhere in the middle. I can't support Planned Parenthood giving women access to healthcare without being called a baby murderer, nor can I say that I say that I'm religious without being called judgmental... The truth is the world has a lot wrong with it, we'd put so much good if we met in the middle instead, or even if we just focused on taking action for people who can't themselves. Polarizing ourselves is something that benefits no one. So, my fellow wanderers, the world is not black and white. Your shades of gray are valid, and your opinions are too.