Caution: The following are my personal thoughts and beliefs only, and not intended to be taken as universal facts.
Noted actor, playwright, and all-round dispenser of wisdom Harvey Fierstein reportedly once said, "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
Sounds good, but that bit of wisdom could be far easier said than done.
I read somewhere that to define myself I should look at things like religion, nationality, sexual identity, and see if those are ways you define yourself.
Okay: I see myself as being a non-religious, heterosexual American male.
I believe that I am about as open-minded as a human being can be (without always just following the herd) and carefully weigh new (or antiquated old) ideas before accepting or rejecting them as being actual facts.
And there are a lot of those around.
Women wearing earrings, for instance, has become in America a social necessity. Almost every woman with whom I am acquainted will not venture out in public without a hoop, precious gem, or a pair of shiny baubles somehow affixed to and dangling from their ears. And I find this to be hilarious, if not quite ludicrous. In the first place, metal rings in a woman's ears do not really help to make her beautiful as she seems to believe. What it does do, in my estimation, is prove her to merely be a milling member of the giant herd.
What about men wearing rings in their ears?
What about them?
It's evident that a man who wears rings in his ears (or nostrils, or even elsewhere) is attempting to set himself apart from the norm, to portray his self as being a free-thinking individual who does not care a whit what others think of him, a notion which has now become ridiculous since so many men have joined that particular parade.
I believe that most male wearers of this decorative jewelry define themselves as individuals, whereas they are (to me) just the opposite: followers: mimics: each a tiny molecule within the great collective.
So, does that revelation define me as being a scoffer, a detractor, a mocker? I hope not. My intention was to be, in this case, a diligent observer and objective reporter of present-day matters, not as they appear but as they actually are.
I can only hope I have succeeded.
Did You Know . . .?
A professor at Princeton University found that our brains sometimes process images of people who are poor or homeless as if they were not humans but things.
WORD FOR TODAY
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Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?