For months, I’ve remained relatively silent about the debacle happening in Washington, DC.
This has been because my Facebook feed has been relatively devoid of political controversy. I know. Can you believe it? Talk about a bubble.
My Facebook profile was created well after I was entrenched in my NYC bubble of theatre friends. My “friends” have certainly expanded to include my high school and college friends, but it’s been almost completely devoid of vitriol. I’m sure that many of my friends are from the other side of the political spectrum, but no one NOT ONE TIME has ever posted something pro-Trump on my facebook feed.
(As another funny illustration, when gay marriage passed a couple years ago, 9/10 of my friends all had the rainbow filter on their profile pix.)
Again: I know. That’s crazy.
So I’ve remained somewhat silent because I didn’t feel like contributing to the din of all my friends who agree with me.
Then, another friend called me out on it: “Yo, G. Why are you so quiet? We need your informed snark.”
So I’ve decided to come out of the mental cloud and onto the internet cloud and create a dialogue.
Here, on this platform, I want to discuss. I want to “friend” people with differing views. I want to have an informed conversation.
I know so many people will say “I tried it. It’s crazy.”
Or “That’s so quixotic.”
Or “What the fuck is quixotic?”
Or “There’s no sense in reasonable dialog. Only fighting. ‘They’ hated and stymied and blocked and obstructed and threatened Obama for 8 years. What’s the point?”
And I see that point.
But I confess – it’s not me. I’m a talker. I’m patient. And I cannot keep from wanting to reach a common ground with people. All the time.
Oh, believe me, I think a lot of people are fucking stupid. But moreover, I think people are scared.
And few people ask “Why? WHY do you believe what you believe?”
I’m going to try. I’m really, really going to try to engage.
I’m going to march. I’m going to call my representatives. And those small actions carry great weight.
But that’s not enough for me. I discuss. I don’t debate particularly well. I get too heated and emotional. But what I can do is discuss and share.
That’s my strongest weapon.
Here’s my Facebook profile. Let’s talk.