Articles on what not to say to people suffering from depression abound online, and are fairly helpful. (Here’s an example.)
I usually agree with most, if not all points, having both suffered from depression myself, and having had people who cared, but who were wholly unqualified to weigh in, trying to offer helpful advice. Continue reading →
The scene: a pre-Christmas dinner date, in a pleasant, local restaurant. The dramatis personae: Adam Fannin, pastor at the Stedfast Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida; his wife; and the waiting staff at said restaurant. In later remarks to his congregation, he bewails his evening, ruined on account of having to be served by waiters whom he presumes to be gay.
Here comes this flaming foo-foo fruit loop. I’m here to have date night, enjoy some time with my wife, and I can’t because of the lisps.
Like many socioholics, I’ve been virtually glued to my social media feeds over the past few hours, both appalled at and unable to turn away from the steady drip of new #MeToo posts and comments, and behind them, sometimes the stories, told with admirable, no-frills candour, and sometimes the bare hashtag itself, speaking of lifetimes full of normalised, regular harassment and assault. Women I don’t know, and women I do: friends, girlfriends, school friends, colleagues, mothers, sisters.
If [the illusion of respect] is what matters to you, then you’re not talking about freedom or liberty. You’re not talking about the United States of America. Instead, you’re talking about every dictatorship from the Nazis to North Korea, where people are lined up and MADE to salute with the muzzle of a gun pressed to the back of their necks. ~Jim Wright
Attribution: Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images
Whether by some contemporary magick (which I’m informed these days is called an “algorithm”) or by sheer serendipity, this piece on Colin Kaepernick and the idea of respect appeared in my social media feed.
The author, Jim Wright, is a freelance political essayist and retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer. As a veteran, his assessment of the reasons for his service is first-hand, and crystalline. Continue reading →