TP posts someone else’s post (KK):
I can’t keep up. I just can’t. I’m stressed. I’m exhausted trying to figure out what we’re all supposed to do, believe, and be outraged by next.
Two months ago, First Responders were all the rage. In fact, they were heroes. We gave them free coffee, meals, and cheers as they drove by.Today we hate them and want them defunded because they can’t be trusted.
Nurses and Doctors are still cool for now. But they may be unemployed. They too are heroes, unless of course they truly believe all lives matter. Then they’re filled with hate and are part of problem like so many others.
Just 45 days ago protests weren’t “essential” and were considered criminal, selfish and a murderous activity. Today they are gloriously critical and celebrated. All of the obvious criminal and murderous activities are simply ignored. If you protest about lockdowns for freedom, you are selfish and you will spread a virus. If you protest, loot, and riot for social justice, you are a warrior and the virus cedes.
Trust the experts. No, not those experts. Don’t wear masks … wear masks, but only good ones. Wait, don’t wear masks, wear anything as a mask. Never mind on the masks. Not sure, but if you don’t, you hate people because you could be an asymptomatic spreader. Wait. That’s not a thing anymore?
For 3 months, NOTHING was more important than social distance. In fact, we gave up all of our liberties for it. We canceled schools, medical and dental procedures, yet allowed the murder of babies, canceled activities, closed businesses, eliminated every spring rite of passage from prom to graduation, denied people funerals, even at Arlington, and we wrecked the economy for it. Then came social justice, and social distance was no more. Now things are more cut and dry though. A thousand people at three memorials for someone they never even met. It’s a matter of “respect”. But you can only assemble 100 or less people.
Black Lives Matter. Of course they do. Then multiple black police officers and individuals were killed during the “peaceful protests”. I don’t see any outrage. Black individually owned businesses burned to the ground. Silence. Deadliest weekend in Chicago. NOTHING!!
I’m really confused now. Look at the data, NO, not that data. Do the math. No, you can’t do the math like that. Only the experts can understand the data and math. What do you mean other cities/states/governors are interpreting the data differently? Pools are safe in Indiana, but not Michigan? Playgrounds are safe in your town but not mine? Amusement parks are safe in Florida but not Ohio?
Just listen to the black community leaders. No, not them.
If you are silent you are part of the problem. If you speak, you are part of the problem. If you have to ask, you don’t understand. If you don’t ask, you don’t care.
It’s all so unpredictably-predictable, tedious, and exhausting. Nothing adds up. It’s one gigantic common core Math life problem, with ever-changing denominators that I’m sure the media and politicians are eagerly ready to solve for us….until the next “crisis”.
*Copied, not my original words, but def my thoughts.
Commenter 2: I can’t help but feel the author wrote this to deliberately conflate things, make false equivalencies, and confuse things more. It would take a day that I’m not willing to spend to unravel it all. I can only take away that the author wants to feel justified in believing and doing whatever they want because “facts are too complicated”. It’s a not so subtle excuse to act selfishly.
OP TP @Commenter 2: so you haven’t felt confused at all during the last few months?
I did see Cori Yule sharing a post wondering about why schools could open but parks were remaining closed.
i don’t think we should be dissuaded from asking questions about our own experiences and the different messages coming in.
Why do you assume that people will use being confused to justify being selfish?
i didn’t get that from this writing.
I think it’s been confusing for a lot of people, that doesn’t mean that just because people are trying to make sense of things that they won’t be safe does it?
We can’t be afraid to think deeper. We are all responsible and in this together. And I get your concern about people making choices that could put others at risk.
Im imagining that everyone is doing their best while navigate this uncertainty. 🙏
Commenter 3 @Commenter 2: I agree. I get all the confusion as there is a lot (so I wear masks in public to be on the safe side) but I’m not confused on anything about the BLM movement or my moral compass. I’ve never heard anybody say you can’t ask questions. I also think there is a big difference between protesting to be able to go get your hair cut and protesting the death of yet another visible minority.
Commenter 4: I agree there are mixed messages but thus is is intentionally ignorant
Commenter 5: Be confused if you want to, but my gut doesn’t trust this demure tone for a moment.
For me, the author isn’t going deeper or questioning things…the thoughts are superficial and contrived. The author feigns exhaustion and confusion while driving towards a very specific place. It’s a tactic. Some people don’t actually honour the vulnerability of confusion, they speak the language of it to exploit it. I feel what is going on in this writing and I don’t trust the vibe for a minute. I get that you do, TP.
Commenter 3 @Commenter 5: exactly this, thanks for spelling it out. This is so manipulative I find it disconcerting.
Commenter 5 @Commenter 3: thanks, I find it disconcerting too.
OP TP: ok, Now I’m starting to consider that maybe this post could be a tactic to point out that there are alot of conflicting ideas and messages floating around and if we’re not questioning our fixed beliefs maybe we oughta! haha!
OP @Commenter 5: i hear you
me @Commenter 5: Thanks for your thoughts of exploiting confusion.
I’m curious as to which specific place you feel the author is driving towards. Would you be so kind to elucidate?
Commenter 5 @me: Thanks for asking. For me, the formula reads like an old school guru script: tell people they are being deceived, that they are duped. Direct their confusion. Next step: tell them that guru understands the “real agenda” and he will dispense the Truth (just click here).
I searched for the people who posted this piece and made note of the other articles they posted before and after it. Noticed it is a warm-up piece to some regularly programmed themes and tropes including premeditated race war, Ike, pandemic, new world order, pro-trump, bill gates, all lives matter, pizza gate, sprinkled with calls to be high frequency and awakening.
We’ve got a generation of light and lovers with some big shadows. That is my 2 cents, for what it is worth
Commenter 5 @me: I include myself in having some big shadows that flow from my ways of thinking.
me @Commenter 5: Ahhh, so this piece is part of peoples’ agenda to present their case on what they believe true to be happening in the world.
And you’re reminding us not to spiritually bypass