we-can-do-this

I'm disappointed..

Everywhere I go on this site, I see people fighting for a better future. Whether it be for the LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter, it’s always something.

But then when a “celebrity” gets involved, it all goes to absolute pot. Yes, I’m referring to the whole incident revolving around Pewdiepie and his anti-semetic humour and the people that are speaking out about this, such as @therealjacksepticeye, @markiplier and others.

There is no denying that what Pewds did was ridiculous and just straight up bang out of order. He’s lost a lot of privileges because of these stunts and there’s no excuse and no amount of apologies that he can make that will make it go away any time soon. But because of these stunts, we’ve resorted to arguments, death threats, petty insults, the list goes on.

Allow me to ask you this: How does this make us any better?

Then you have people, friends of Pewdiepie, who have genuine thoughts on the situation, who are affected by the collateral damage this situation has brought on them, yet still want to look at the situation in more depth and try to point out that he may have been stupid, but he’s not inherently a bad person. He’s just made bad choices.

Many people have blasted Jack for what he said about Pewds. About him offering support to a friend, about how this has affected his work in “Scare Pewdiepie” and how he allegedly “stabbed his friend in the back”, Keemstar being a prime example. But because of this support, he’s been labelled a “Nazi sympathizer”, among other crude things that I won’t go into.

Now let me ask you this: If your friend had done something stupid enough to ruin literally months and months of hard work that you had a part in, wouldn’t you be mad at them? If they were clearly suffering from all the abuse thrown at them, wouldn’t you at least console them a little?

Jack’s message is that “no matter how stupid somebody is being, or how much you disagree with their actions, you can still offer them support.”

Let’s talk about Mark now. Like the others, he does not condone the actions of Pewds, but at the same time, he’s not just talking about Pewds. He has a rather different approach to this situation than Jack or most others do because he’s addressing EVERYONE. He doesn’t condone the actions of anyone who spreads hate, violence, racism, the list goes on.

But his message is different to Jack’s. It’s RESPECT.

We can sit here and chew at each other’s throats all day, we can accuse Mark of sympathizing with Nazi’s and accuse him of not addressing real serious issues like wars and such.

We can say that anyone with a positive outlook on this situation is hurtful, offensive, dehumanizing, the list goes on… But that’s just too easy. We’ll be here all day and never get anywhere.

Let me ask you one final thing: If somebody is being genuinely nice to you, would you offer them a warm handshake, or would spit in their face and put them down?
Likewise, if they were being cruel and offensive, would you punch them square in the face, or would you offer a civil counter argument and dissolve the situation calmly?

Mark’s message to us is “Respect comes in many forms. You don’t have to be nice to each other. You don’t have to hold hands and compliment each other. You don’t have to even like each other but while hate breeds, we’ll never get anywhere. Treat others how you’d like to be treated. They’ll see they’re wrong in the end.”

TL;DR: The road to a better future isn’t immediate. It’s long and winding. It may not be tomorrow, it may not be next week, next month or next year. But show some support. Offer a compliment. Give a suggestion. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Show support when and where you can, however you can. Be the better person.

We don’t have long on this planet and life is too short to sit here arguing and hating. We can fix this world. All it takes is a hello here and a sugar cookie there. I believe in you all, just like I always have. We can get through this together, like we always have.

Oh, and some may wonder what my thoughts are on subjects like this and the subjects of the world. Well, these are my thoughts.

Frodo : I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam : I know.
It’s all wrong
By rights we shouldn’t even be here.
But we are.
It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.
The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were,
and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy.
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something.
Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.
I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t.
Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo : What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam : That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

—  The Two Towers

Hey guys.

As we all know far too well, Election Day is tomorrow. It’s going to be a stressful day for many, since who becomes president tomorrow will determine if their rights and lives will be respected or not. A lot of people will face intimidation, discrimination, and aggression at the polls and as the results are tallied. We all are hoping or praying for the best, but the outcome right now is still uncertain and the coming weeks will undoubtedly be faced with a lot of hate and anger over differing opinions and sentiments about who wins.

With this in mind, I’d like to ask people to not give up. It will be hard, I know, but please, no matter what happens, do not give up. Don’t stop fighting for what you believe is right. Don’t start believing that it’s the end and that things can’t improve. And please don’t think that the outcome of the election means that there’s nothing good with the world and its people. There is, I promise.

But please, please don’t give up, if not for yourselves, then for the people you care about. Everybody will be affected by the results of the election, including people you love. Please keep your hopes up and don’t quit trying. Even if everything seems awful and horrible, please keep going through it until you come out on the other side.

It scares me to think of what will happen to this country tomorrow. But it scares me even more to think of all the people who could be negatively affected by the election give up on everything. It may seem like the end of the world, but it’s not. Don’t let yourselves think that way, please. Stay strong, friends. We’re in this together and we will get through this.

Hey kids in the US. Things are feeling grey lately, but we gotta keep at it. Go to peaceful protests, call your representatives, and attend meetings in your area. Raise your voice, and please stay safe. <3 

So, it happened.  And all sensible people in this country are pretty shaken up about it.  One of my friends had crying fits first thing in the morning so hard her husband thought someone had died.  One of my friends had to call his psychologist because he couldn’t make himself get out of bed.  Shit’s real.

But honestly if I look to the future and I think what the actual presidency of this walking trash pile will actually be like, I don’t think it will be a fraction of the shit show his campaign was.  The reality of being a president is very different from the fantasy, as we all learned with our last president, no matter how much we love him, we are not all holding hands and singing songs under the rainbow flags and flying dolphins like we thought we’d be.  

We who are disgusted are now almost in the same position the racist rednecks must have been in when Obama was elected – if you can imagine it, which is a strain – that same kind of horror, that same “how could this have happened in my America?” mentality – and that expectation that this new asshole is going to come in and fuck up the country fore and aft.  And those racist rednecks started celebrating pretty quickly when Obama was not able to deliver on every single promise he made – now granted he did a lot of the things he wanted to do, the health care reform and lowered unemployment rate and lowered deficit – but he had more than just one group of people to please so, like any president, he had to play to the middle.

Trump got on the board for being a big loud racist sexist ugly piece of shit.  The scary thing is that this is why half our country picked him, and sadly there is no fixing that.  But he will not be able to be a president with that platform.  He’ll have to actually make people happy and not just treat the country like a corporation and start firing everyone and doing everything his way.  He has to answer to people and be liked and he’ll have to go middle of the road too.  As much as those racist rednecks started celebrating when Obama didn’t get to have it all his way, things might stop looking so bleak for us too when Trump starts hearing no and starts having to look for real solutions.

And if not, four years goes by pretty quickly.  Hang in there, my babies.  Onward!

change.org
Petition · Electoral College Electors: Electoral College Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19

Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump “won” is because of the Electoral College.

But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?

SHE WON THE POPULAR VOTE.

There is no reason Trump should be President.

“It’s the ‘People’s Will’”

No. She won the popular vote.

Personal Comment: It may seem impossible, but then again, so did a Trump presidency. We only need 10 electors to defect.

Edit - This is supposed to be one of the reasons the Electoral College was created in the first place. To ensure an unfit candidate does not get into office. Now is the the time to come together and rise up. Don’t comment - read the article and start writing letters and sign the petition. If you live in the states that could change their vote - organize get out there. The more people know the better.

Despite the havoc that has occurred in this year, I hope that everyone is doing alright and is ready to move into 2017 with renewed determination and an open mind! And no matter what happens, just remember that we are all here for each other, and my inbox is always open to all. 

I have had such a great time in the Booklr community this year. I have met so many new book bloggers and readers and authors and friends, and I can’t wait to do even more in 2017!

I also would like to acknowledge that I hit a pretty huge milestone this past month….

O.o I still can’t believe this. 100,000!? I cannot even fathom the fact that there are this many people that saw my blog and thought ‘huh, well, this doesn’t suck that much,’ and clicked ‘follow.’ Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! I love talking with you guys, whether it’s about books, life, or, frankly, anything else! :)


Happy New Year, everyone!   I hope every single one of you has a wonderful New Year’s Eve/Day, and a truly wonderful year!