nearly every day I must ask myself:
am I going to let our differing opinions on the Israel-Palestine conflict get in the way of my relationship with my father? or do I continue to ignore his ignorance?
should I perhaps post my own links on facebook to (much more credible) news sources on the issue, or even be so bold as to leave them as comments on the links he shares? should I inform him of the actual dictionary definition of terrorism and point out that Hamas is an organization that was formed with the sole intention of destroying the state of Israel through violent force, and that they attained their power violently? or maybe I could tell him that the reason there have been so many Palestinian civilian casualties is because Hamas makes heavily civilized areas, like fucking schools, targets by firing and storing rockets there- even going as far as to direct civilians to stay in their homes after Israel has warned of an attack and urged people to evacuate?
or perhaps I could respectfully inform him that not only am I very pro-Israel, but my boyfriend is Jewish, so I might be offended when he posts that anybody who supports Israel is an inhuman “fucking monster” and “bloodthirsty vampire” and makes disgustingly anti-Semitic remarks, and to not be surprised if it takes months or even years for me to introduce that side of my family to my boyfriend, whom I love dearly and would like to have a future with, because I’m afraid he wouldn’t be accepted and made uncomfortable.
I could also probably tell him how much it sucks missing out on pictures of my little sister because I feel I have to hide all of his posts from my newsfeed.
any of these strategies might work, but I’m tired of passively sitting by and pretending this doesn’t bother me.
it bothers me to no end that so many people are preoccupied with raising their children to handle “”The Real World”” (the nature of which will have changed again by the time their children are independent- 20 years, give or take) and not on simply making their children into good people
fuck people who are blatantly sexist and just plain revolting over social media (or in any capacity obviously). is your head seriously so far up your ass that you don’t understand that it’s wrong to insinuate that women are inferior to men, which is an idea that was (supposedly) destroyed like 2 or 3 decades ago? fucking hell. and just when I was regaining a little hope for society. sometimes I forget that the views I consider commonplace are like “radically liberal” to others and it disgusts me.
why is all toothpaste some variation of mint?
why is this the only scent/flavor we associate with a clean mouth?
how long has this arbitrary flavor been used as a measure of dental hygiene and how did it start?
is it like this elsewhere? I don’t get it
so very grateful I have a significant other who encourages me to step out of my comfort zone and that he urges me to continue doing things I love but stopped doing because I considered myself “average” for so long and also that he makes me feel safe enough that I feel I can step out of those boundaries around him