I was going to post something profound and meaningful about Memorial Day, but I just don’t have it in me. I was in bed this morning thinking about how to best acknowledge the day, and all I came up with is how conflicted I am about the whole affair.
I hate war. HATE it. I can understand it on an intellectual level… sort of… but as a thinking, feeling human being, I just can’t get behind it. I don’t live an antagonistic and aggressive existence, and I have a hard time understanding where the glory is in our choosing to kill one another instead of our being grown-up and compassionate and figuring out a way to work our shit out.
I am grateful to the people who choose to serve. Our reality is that such service is necessary for the kind of lives we choose to lead, and I’m not being disrespectful or dismissive to soldiers in general. I just wonder how much our world was (is) served by the slaughter of our young people in fights over land, resources and, more accurately, ideologies (and when I say “our,” I don’t mean only red-blooded American boys, either – I mean everyone).
What do you most hate about modern life ?
A lack of manners. I’m not sure what caused it, but it seems that precious few people anymore know how to be nice to each other. I’m constantly amazed by how many people are willing to take me aside to tell me how lovely my children are. People, my children are polite – they’re not superheroes or anything; they know how to say please and thank you and how to look people in the eye when they talk to them. Seriously?
What kind of people annoy you ?
(I’m stealing Bo’s answer to this question – it’s pretty much exactly what I would say) The willfully ignorant. Stupidity isn’t your fault, but ignorance is. If you can’t learn, that’s fine. If you won’t, then it’s quite difficult for me to find any motivation to help you.
What drives you nuts ?
People who stop at the end of highway on ramps. Students who refuse to do their work. Parents who refuse to do their work…
What do you watch on TV ?
We have TiVo, so we watch stuff off-time. I like Medium (that’s “Weird Lady” to Gerry) and Grey’s Anatomy. We also like Good Eats and Mythbusters.
Films watched many times ?
Ooof. This is a question that I could (and will) answer more completely later. How about these three: Mississippi Burning, Apollo 13, and A Few Good Men.
What sport do you follow/teams do you support ?
The Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
I learned to like baseball because my husband likes baseball, and the Sox have a team loaded with lots of fun personalities. I like the Patriots because I love football and, during my formative years, the Patriots sucked really, really badly, so it’s fun for me to see them actually doing well.
Sport on TV ?
I’ve been to a Sox game or two, and I watch my daughter run her track events, but I usually only watch sports on t.v. I’ve never been to a Patriots’ game and I likely never will. It’s too far to drive, it costs too much, the traffic is stupid getting in and out and really? The view from my couch is MUCH better.
What might surprise people to know about you ?
I think my taste in music and movies surprises most people. I love to rock out on stuff that’s much harder than people would expect, and I love me a good, fast, loud action/adventure movie.
What trait do you most dislike
Closed-mindedness. Bigots need not apply.
Believer or non ?
I believe in a higher consciousness, and I believe that I’m a part of it.
In which case, does anything irritate you about other believers ?
Back off of me. I’m not trying to convince anyone to think the way I do, and I’d really appreciate that the favor gets returned. I also hate the fact that people use their “faith” to justify their above-mentioned closed-mindedness. Don’t blame God for your prejudices.
What would you rather people today did not do, other than obvious wickedness ?
I wish that people would stop thinking of themselves as separate from everyone. If we start recognizing ourselves in others, we’ll stop hurting each other.
You are God. What sins do you find hardest to forgive ?
God, by the very nature of the idea, forgives everything (because, really, there’s nothing TO forgive – it’s all about learning). What *I* find hardest to forgive is willful harm done to others – taunting, hate crimes, crimes for sport.
What skills would you love to have ?
I’d like to be able to sing consistently well. I’d like to be able to play an instrument. Of course, I don’t want either of these things enough to put time or effort into them, so there you have it.
What bores you ?
Basketball and racing on t.v. Politicians droning on about something that doesn’t operate inside my sphere of concern. All-employee meetings.
One word to describe yourself ?
What are you most looking forward to ?
Honestly? This semester being over. I want a few days to myself.
Happy Memorial Day, Everyone!