There is an old story about a little girl and a half-frozen snake. The snake begs her to help him get warm but she is leery. He pleads until finally she has pity on the poor creature and tucks him inside her coat to get his blood circulating. As soon as the reptile’s body thawed, he thanked the little girl and bit her.
She cries out, “Why did you bite me? I saved your life?”
To which, the snake replied, “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”
Every day there’s something . Some controversy. Something racial. Something religious. Something cultural. Something political. Something. It’s tiring. It’s overwhelming. It’s too much to deal with and process. You almost have to ignore it to gain any peace. You don’t understand why people are so obsessed with everything and you can’t think about it anymore. You have to ‘tune it out’ and focus on the ‘positive’.
I think that’s bullshit.
Yup. That’s right. I didn’t use the initials. I didn’t find a nice, clean, polite word. I called it what it is. Bullshit.
In my opinion, you’re not tired and overwhelmed by much stuff happening. You’re tired and overwhelmed from having to face the truth. From all sides, from all angles with no escape.
To be clear, I’m not talking about people who are worn down by all the hate and bigotry that’s put on them—that is tiring. Nobody deserves to be victimized by other people’s judgments. But, victimization is different from cause and effect. It’s different from getting what’s yours. If you have participated in creating this divided environment (silence is agreement, btw) you’ve earned the backlash, twenty-four/seven, non-stop. You don’t get to opt out of what you’ve sown now that reaping season is here.
You don’t like this never-ending Trump-circus? You knew what he was when you picked him up, but you were too busy collecting a prize to care. He is your sin to own, you don’t get to be tired now. You want to rest? Close that pandora’s box you flung open. And, if by chance you are happy with him, then, hate is your thing and you’re not tired at all.
Are you fed-up with the videos showing the unfair treatment of people of color? Can’t handle the proof that negative white privilege is a thing? You knew what it was when you embraced the idea that some people were less than, and you should be the judge of who is better than whom. The race card is a game you invented. One, you can’t win.
Feeling like your brand of Christianity is under attack? Couldn’t have anything to do with all the attacking you’ve done in the name religion? Nooooo… You knew it was control when you dialed it up. News flash: It’s not persecution when people don’t let you run their lives. And, speaking of lives, you’re not pro-life. You’re pro-supremacy.
Sick of hearing about gun control? Control your guns… and your gun users. You want rules… for other people, not anything you need to follow. But, no amount of pretending the government wants your toys is going to wash away the stain of irresponsibility.
Wiped out by the NFL controversy? That controversy you created by changing the narrative of a real issue to one of deflection and control? The one, where the objective is to create division and to silence people of color. You knew what it was when you created it. It’s the same act you’ve been pulling since you got here.
Overwhelmed and confused about the illegal immigration situation? No, you’re not. Separating families is an old go-to. Something supremacy-people have been doing to other races since… always. You don’t want America to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. You made it into the land of the greedy and the home of the cowards.
You are afraid of everybody and everything and every circumstance you can’t control. You actually need guns and racism and religious rigidity because your idea of prosperity means poverty for everyone else. Your idea of freedom means slavery for everyone else. Your idea of truth is a lie to everyone else. Your idea of life means death for everyone else.
But, nobody is playing by your rules anymore, We’re not staying on your plantation. We’re not leaving it either. We’re burning it down. When you intentionally make other people’s lives hell, you get to live in hell.
You knew what every item of hate was when you picked it up. You’re tired because that supremacy-snake is biting you. Hopefully in the ass.