Hello dear reader(s)!
The more I look back on the last year, the more I realize that, for the world, it was not the horrible year everybody thought. For me personally, that is a different story and we all know why; but for the world, it might not have been as terrible as everyone seems to think.
Yes, there was violence, there was racism, there was sexism, there was homophobia, there were major cracks developing in the entire world economic system. There was government destabilization, a massive refugee crisis, terrorism, protests, riots, uprisings, the rise of fascism in the mainstream of one major political party, and many other negative things.
And if any of those things touched you personally, you have my condolences. Personally, 2015 was the worst year of my life so far; so I would not want to invalidate your feelings about the year.
However, on a larger scale, maybe this was good.
If you take a larger look at the events on the whole, you can see that what occurred this last year was mostly a reaction to the positive changes taking place within society. The sad thing about change, is that there will always be people resistant to change who will fight and kill in a vain attempt at keeping the status quo. But we all know that change is inevitable, and cannot be stopped.
One positive thing disguised as a negative has been the reaction against feminists. The reactions, while horrible, are very representative of the death throws of a patriarchy that has kept women under the heel of its boot since the rise of agriculture. Yes, you read that right. I am a man who recognizes that women should have an equal place in society and celebrated for their contributions in whatever form they choose to contribute in whatever role they choose to contribute. Deal with it. One thing I can tell you right now, is if you look at all of the places where women have no say, it should be obvious by their living conditions that it is a pretty fucking backwards thing.
Another positive thing has been the awful open racism. Once again, this is simply the death throws of the power regime of the old, white, male club. They’re dying, and they know it. Younger people, regardless of color of skin are rejecting the ideas of using that as a basis of judgment. They have enjoyed being on the top of the food chain for so long, that they are lashing out at the fact it is going away. And no, not all of them, so quit vilifying everyone old and white. No amount of lying in text books is going to reverse these trends until someone figures out a way to truly eliminate the free exchange of ideas. Good luck with that.
Religious terrorism. More and more people are rejecting organized religion. They are rejecting the dogma associated with those religions. Even the religions themselves are beginning to show a willingness to change the strict interpretations of their texts. A tolerance among people is starting to emerge, where people are having faith in their God(s) or lack thereof that it will be sorted out in the end and they don’t need to worry about who is right or wrong. So naturally, the fundamentalists who have something to lose are going to react. They will fight, and awful things will happen, but they simply cannot win.
Sex and sexuality. In 2015, there was more talk of gender identity, sexual orientation, and other identifiers than I have ever heard before. When I was growing up, people were either straight or gay. Sometimes you heard about people being bisexual, but usually they were written off as being gay. Despite the fact that the Kinsey scale was created in 1948, nobody when I grew up even believed there to be such a spectrum. Now, in 2015, the Kinsey scale seems almost too limiting. And of course, people are freaking the fuck out over it. But why does it matter? Does it hurt you, or can you just change the channel or turn off the TV if you don’t want to hear about it?
Which leads me to the fall of traditional marriage. Traditional marriage is an institution that should fall. Hear me out on this one. Everyone knows that I was happily and monogamously married to Hannah. Everyone knows that had she not died I almost certainly still would be. However, our monogamous, one man-one woman marriage was far from traditional. Traditional marriage is a property arrangement. Traditional marriage required the consent of the father of the bride. Traditional marriage was not about love or romance but of ownership. Traditional marriage was a form of slavery, or even prostitution with the bride’s family acting as pimp. Hannah and I redefined marriage to fit our needs. We met each others needs while we were together and that is how we chose to live. But traditional? I think not. And so two people of the same sex want to live together in the same way? So? And maybe more than two people want to live together in the same way? Again, so? I’m not suggesting there is anything wrong with one man and one woman living together monogamously as husband and wife. What I am suggesting is that unless there was a dowry paid, traditional marriage has been dead for some time, and good riddance. I think different things work for different people and it is none of our fucking business, unless we are in it.
The destruction of the world financial system. More countries are in debt than is possibly sustainable. The way money is created and moved is not real. There is no real link between supply and demand, there is no controls on how wealth is created, there is nothing to it but our continued willingness to believe in it. It will fall. It already has in some places. There will be a period of chaos until we come up with a more just way of exchanging services and goods, but it will happen.
This will be a process. The issues of 2015 didn’t resolve with the change of the calendar. It may take years, or generations, or even lifetimes, but it will happen. Provided we still have a working planet to sustain us, we are entering an age of fairness, kindness, compassion, and working together. Change can be delayed, but it cannot be stopped. Things might get worse before they get better, but they will get better. I, for one, am looking forward to the future.