Monday, May 24, 2021

Apology: Not All Trump Voters Are Racist

I've been rethinking my life this week.  Not in a bad way, my life is overall pretty good.  But my brother said some things to me that got my attention and I realized that I made a big mistake.  I said that all Trump voters are racists, and that just isn't the case.  Although I think many of Trump's actions are intentional, harmful and racist, the same cannot be said about everyone who voted for him.  I prescribed the intent to harm to everyone, and it just wasn't true.  So I owe everyone an apology.  Not everyone who voted for Trump is a racist, and I don't have any right to say they are.  

I took those old posts down, and I plan to focus my writing on things other than politics because I don't think my opinions are really doing the world any good at this point.  The last thing the world needs is another political loudmouth.

My brother pointed out to me that I'm not running into burning buildings to save people or showing up to a hospital to treat patients every day, and I have no right to say that people who actually do those things (for all races) every day are racists.  He is exactly right.  

He also asked me what I am doing to make the world better.  That question that really got me because my friend here in Mexico asked me the same question last week, so I had already been thinking about it.  I even used it as one of our conversation topics for the language club on Thursday - ''How does your work make the world better?''  I sat down and thought about it and wrote about a bunch of ideas.  I wrote out every thing I do in a given week, looking for the answer to how it makes the world better.  I realized that I have 15 main activities that I do every week:

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Surf
  4. Train
  5. Cook
  6. Eat
  7. Play guitar
  8. Sing
  9. Draw
  10. Travel
  11. Spanish
  12. Sleep
  13. Shopping/Errands
  14. Laundry
  15. Recovery

Then I asked myself, "How do these make the world better?''  And the answer is, ''That completely depends on how you do them.''

Then I realized that calling everyone a bunch of racists isn't making the world any better or safer at all, and that I would probably be adding a lot more the conversation if I focused on the things I actually like doing rather than focusing in politics.  In my defense, suffering through 4 years of Trump was awful - especially during the election.  But I still had no right to say what I said and I owe a complete apology.  I'm sorry for saying that all Trump for voters are racists.  It just isn't so.  

As far as I am concerned, it's time for me to move on from political conversations and focus on the things I like doing.  The things I like doing are actually going great.  I live by the beach and surf every day.  I have all day, every day to do the things I love doing.  Kings don't live so well.  I have everything in the world to be grateful for, and nothing to complain about.  Not even haters.  I'll keep making them as jealous as I possibly can.

I always imagined that it would be a great feeling to wake up every day and know that I could do pretty much whatever I want that day, and every day after.  I always imagined that would be complete freedom.  And I wake up every day and I do pretty much whatever I want.  That's my schedule for the foreseeable future.  I am the luckiest guy in the world.  I have so much fun that it's ridiculous.  So from here on out, I vow to focus on the fun things.

My 37th birthday is coming on June 12, and I want to go into my 37th year with nothing but good vibes.  No political nonsense.  May we all receive what we wish on others.  I wish everyone health, love, happiness, peace and well-being.

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