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August 10, 2020

“Person has guts: every other neighbor has Trump signs up.”⁠ ⁠

A quote I read this afternoon while working.

“Dara O’Briain has a great bit about this…⁠

‘…Everyone’s opinions are equally valid? My arse. A professor of dentistry for 30 years should not have to argue with some idiot who removes their teeth with string and a door.’”

In other words, something’s not a hoax just ’cause we don’t like it.

Gravity will drop an apple on our head if we’re sitting beneath an apple tree and it’s apple-falling time, whether we believe in (or even understand) gravity, or not.⁠

Which reminds me, vaguely, of:

A man said to the universe:
“Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.” ~ Stephen Crane

Reality doesn’t bend to our wishful thinking, or our fears.

“S/he still hangs up that American flag, you can still be patriotic and call out the problems in this country.”⁠



Just as with a healthy relationship,

“I would argue it’s patriotic to call out the problems in this country. How else do you acknowledge and attempt to fix the problems?⁠

“If you don’t like it then leave,” some say.⁠

Yeah, no. I would rather try to work towards a better country instead of burying my head up my arse and pretending everything is fine while my country burns down around me.”⁠

“It’s the difference between patriotism and nationalism. True patriots can understand their country isn’t perfect and can improve. Nationalists think their country is perfect no matter what it does.⁠

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” ~ James Baldwin⁠

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"Person has balls, every other neighbor has Trump signs up."⁠ ~ reddit.⁠ ⁠ A quote I read this afternoon while working: “Dara O’Briain has a great bit about this…”⁠ ⁠ “…Everyone’s opinions are equally valid? My Arse. A professor of dentistry for 30 years should not have to argue with some idiot who removes their teeth with string and a door.” Something's not a hoax 'cause you don't like it. Gravity will drop an apple on your head if you're sitting beneath an apple tree and it's apple-falling time, whether you believe in (or even understand) gravity, or not.⁠ ⁠ "S/he still hangs up that American flag, you can still be patriotic and call out the problems in this country."⁠ ⁠ Just as with a healthy relationship, "I would argue it's patriotic to call out the problems in this country. How else do you acknowledge and attempt to fix the problems?⁠ ⁠ "If you don't like it then leave," some say.⁠ ⁠ Yeah, no. I would rather try to work towards a better country instead of burying my head up my ass and pretending everything is fine while my country burns down around me."⁠ ⁠ "It’s the difference between patriotism and nationalism. True patriots can understand their country isn’t perfect and can improve. Nationalists think their country is perfect no matter what it does.⁠ ⁠ “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” ~ James Baldwin⁠ ⁠ ~⁠ ⁠ Join me tomorrow morning for How to Heal a Broken Heart, at elephantjournal.com/gathering #linkinbio

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