30 January, 2012

Living Hate

People come and go,
Here and there living life,
And it is still to be lived within this form.

Days go by into nights,
Yet we all still lack the proper way to love:
We are all one kind.

Fighting and wars cut hopes and dreams into many pieces,
The people of these cities cannot obtain their joy,
And we still live that lie that tells us we are ok.

Does the rain fall from the sky?
Or the mountains, are they not made of earth?
Do we not get what we are doing?

Making people to hate and kill,
Sending the world into mass frenzy:
The earth, she dies a little everyday.

Rain falls on the Greek and the Russians,
Sun shines on the Americans and the Iraqis.
We are all in the same place.

Masses think without knowing,
People are being mislead without understanding,
And all we can do is know.

Troubles do follow this life,
Hard as she may be, it is the way that we must go.
And we must know the ways into her.

Masses think about their families with guilt,
They lack the official knowledge to understand life fully,
And so are bitten every waking moment with an unknown spy.

Love your fellow person as yourself,
Such is the rule laid out in golden light.
Live and be made to live.

Wake up, oh you who wash with the unknown,
Being deceived and misplaced you grow in immaturity.
Grow into the truth and live.

29 January, 2012

Sanctity of Marriage?

On this evening, as I am listening to some Chopin (which as always been an inspiration for me, being my favorite composer...hint, hint), I think about how biased people can be.

I recently posted a political cartoon, a satirical comment on people's idea of the sanctity of marriage. It's rather funny: people who are straight who get drunk and want to get married in Vegas are legal to do that. As well as people who want to get married many, many times and have many different ex-spouses, and that's legal. In this country, people like Britney Spears can have a 52 hour wedding. Why? Why is it OK for things like that to happen, but gay people can't have one marriage within every state of this country?

It would destroy the sanctity of marriage, you say? Let's take a nice little walk into this idea. Sanctity, according to Webster's dictionary, means "holiness of life and character". Something interesting to think about. Marriage is holy. It is something grand and wonderful. Nothing to be taken as a joke, but something to share love between two people.

Back to the sanctity of marriage: being something you do not take as a joke...WHY then can straight people have marriages that last only a few days? Does that not sound like a joke to you? That does not make marriage holy, nor. Being holy means to be set apart from, to be exalted. Keep that in mind as we discuss this.

OK, back to those people who get drunk and get married in Vegas. Now, would that sound like something taken seriously? Does that sound like it makes marriage set apart and good in character? I beg to argue that the only thing that is really does is to show that we as a society are ok saying that marriage is joke. Why, then would we be ok with this happening, but two loving gay people cannot get married?

How about those people who have been married many, many times before, the "serial spouses"? That sounds like glorified dating. We all have a past in relationships. That's true. I'm sure that most people have more than one boyfriend or girlfriend. That's dating, a purpose to learn more about oneself and thus expand life. But marriage is a union, a bond. These people who go marrying multiple people show the world that marriage is a valuable as tissue paper: go through one and get another to wipe your nose. Does this make marriage seem set apart, good?

I argue, if straight people are allowed to be able to have all these marriages, why can I as a gay man not be allowed to have just one that is recognized all over in this country? It would not destroy the sanctity of anything! Marriage is a proposal of love to the world, regardless of sexuality. I, as a gay man, can and do love. I love the man in my life, very much so. Why would states like this not allow us to get married?

Marriage produces revenue, regardless of sexuality. We all will have to pay for the venue, the reception, photographer, florist, etc. There is no clause in any law that I've seen that would stop me, as a gay man, from using those services already. I could, using my money, help the economy. That is a conservative ideal. So, my right-wing friends, would that not use one of your thoughts to prove gay marriage? Just one ideal.

Think about that. We, as a community, are close to full unity and equality. Something I feel is getting closer and closer with each day. That I am happy for. I am going to get married to the man I love, regardless of the state. That I do know! But, I pray that more people would wake up, and allow the homosexual community to marry here, and be accepted here as a married couple.

I wish you all a pleasant evening, and many wonderfully good dreams.

First time for it all

My first blog on this site. I am starting to blog. It's a bit new to me (well, not really, since I have done it before on my old myspace account and still do it on facebook). There are a few things that I have thought about that I've wanted to share.

I've gotten to think about society in general, which tends to be something that I do think about. As a Virgo, I a am a defender and a critic of my own times. I see all the time the emergence of ignorance coming out of the education system. As a certified teacher, I see some of the things that go on in the classrooms. Most teachers are well educated and versed in their craft. But, I feel that the standardizing of a test really holds back the learning of the students. It seems that, high school especially, isn't doing its job, isn't living up to why it was created. A high school is meant to give a student the skills he or she will need to survive in real world applications and real world life, post their high school careers. Beyond math, science, English, and the sort (all of which I do agree have some basis on an elementary level in everyone's life, as the basis of survival is inherent), students need to learn real life skills like balancing a financial portfolio. Students should have a portfolio started their freshman year of high school, with each year adding things and checking on the portfolio; by the time a student reaches their senior year, the student should have to analyze what occurred within the portfolio through the four years. (This idea I came to hear from a really wonderful man who has come into my life...of which I will elaborate later.) Something I had to add to the idea was that, much like the "game of Life", a person would start out 'single', get married, have kid(s), and all this time, have to balance their portfolio. While doing this, learning sexual education, driver's education, etc. These skills are the ones that make sense in the real world. (I am not saying that the learning in the classrooms is falsified, but what I would like to say is that if this idea is added to the regular formula of high school, then students will be exposed to the idea [even if their minds cannot fully comprehend it, psychologically] of real world management in a smaller setting, and thus be able to adapt better to the world after high school, whatever their choices may take them.)

Now, this new man in my life. I have noticed quite a bit of things that I really do like. We are very ying and yang:

-Where I can be very critical of things, he tends to have a less critical aspect on life.
-He LOVES SciFi (well, syfy...as that channel would have it), which isn't a bad thing. I love how playful it can be.
-Randomness. Enough said.
-He's a major dork (not that I am not either...but that is a different story).
-It's really awesome to have a man that I feel that I can totally connect with intellectually.
-He's adorable (well, the lucky one...but sometimes, I feel like the lucky one, and he is always adorable, or should I say adorkable).

Life is hit hard for some people in my life, for those people, I do lift up musical joy in hopes that they recover from their hardships. Which, as an interesting pivot point, brings up a few things about hardships. There are three main reasons why hardships happen in our lives (something I have had to learn the hard way, though many of these hardships that I am very thankful for):
1. We go through pain so that we may learn from our mistakes and better ourselves.
2. We go through pain so that others may learn from our mistakes,  though us, and better themselves.
3. We go through pain so that we can be the guiders, helping others through pain.

It's interesting to think of it that way, but I've come to learn that all three apply.

I wish everyone a happy night's sleep!