Humanism, for the win

Tina sent me this video the other day of Angelina Jolie receiving an honorary Academy Award and we watched it together. We both were teared up by the end. This was Tina’s second viewing.

This sums up our views very quickly and easily. Travel opened our eyes to the world. The world is SOOOO much bigger than this little country rife with the strongest limited views ever.

And for you to win the lottery of the life you live in contrast to, say, the women who suffered through the Philippine typhoon, only to find yourself getting raped (stories here and here) by the crazy aftermath of the storm, the screaming of your mind telling you to alter your views should be deafening.

What makes so many people think they are somehow better because they were born in a tradition that places them as heaven-bound over the zillions of others who think they’re heaven bound should stagger/change/alter/open anyone’s viewpoint.

But yet it doesn’t.

That this graphic exists excites me and depresses me.


Yesterday, Illinois joined the growing number of states to provide  equality to same-sex partners.

It’s news that makes me happy. But it also is depressing that marriage equality is an issue. That people with a dusty old book can demand certain people shouldn’t love one another because of the target of their sexuality.

I don’t mean to be negative about something so positive. But it feels weird that in 2013, the world acts like a bunch of 1900s-ers.

I mean, really. Not only should this graphic be all green. It shouldn’t be news.

It shouldn’t get people upset or think storms and earthquakes will result from pissing off the guy in the sky.