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Your Insecurity is Most Disturbing

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Courage is not dependent on previous acts of courage. If I am terrified of heights, but climb a tree to help someone down than I have shown courage. It does not take away, diminish, or in anyway reflect the courage it takes to be a Police Officer, Military Soldier/Infantry, Fire Fighter, Search and Rescue, or any other profession which seems more heroic on the surface. Courage not simply something regulated to combat. In fact speaking for peace requires a lot of courage as bodily harm and death are tools often employed against such advocates.

Courage is not allowing Fear to govern your life. Across the world courage has been shown in social issues. Being from the united States we have plenty of examples of Social Courage. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed courage. Jane Addams showed courage. Ghandi showed courage. This does not mean George Washington showed less courage crossing the Delaware. This does not mean First Responders to terrorist events like 7/7 and 9/11 were any less courageous.

It makes me wonder how insecure people are they have to lash out at those being courageous for a fight they don’t understand. Caitlyn Jenner has faced ridicule, threats of all kinds, and continues to be insulted by uneducated bigots. But she knew that. She knew that embracing her own image and doing so while tied to one of the most public families would bring a wave of criticism, attacks, and condemnation. Knowing that, knowing a large chuck of the world was not educated and enlightened enough to accept people for who they are and would lash out, she made a courageous choice. She chose not to be ruled by fear or hate or self-denial. She chose to face real consequences and repercussions for simply being true to her self. That is the very definition of courage. “The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.”

And you want to know something? That does NOT take away from any one who has been, is currently, and will be Brave. The continued comparisons and ridicule people face for social courage only serve to prove how much courage is necessary to stand up. In some parts of the world doing so is in fact a death sentence. That does include parts of the United States. Standing against social ignorance and bigotry is not easy, it is not safe, and it is not a minor issue. So the next time you see a picture of some soldier bleeding and a snide comment about courage – remember they are merely proving the point. It is not easy. You are brave. And one day the world will pull its head from its @$$ and recognize that. It is a long fight. Ask anyone involved in equal rights. You’d think the world would it get already – it is all glass wall non-sense. We all bleed. We all feel. We are alive and just trying to do the best we can. But it seems a hard lesson for the world to learn. So continue to be You. Continue to be Courageous.

A Jedi’s View of Equality

Discrimination never really made sense to me. Like others I have an issue with the term Racism because Homo Sapien is a singular race. There is the human race and any difference is just glass wall non-sense. It just does not make sense to have this formulated opinion about a person because of some individual difference. Color of skin, religious belief, gender, country of birth, sexual preference. I mean where does it stop? Oh, you use an Apple instead of a PC? I hate you then and feel your kind should be wiped from the face of the earth. And while we joke about our iPhone vs. Galaxy wars, we are all just playing Trivia Crack in the end. 

Seriously, we are all different in one way or another. No one will ever have your DNA. Each of us are unique. It is a beauty of Humanity. To turn such a beautiful thing into a source for hate and fear is just not something I can get behind. We should be embracing our diversity and celebrating our commonalities. High five my fellow living creature. Keep on rocking life. All else is secondary. Color, Creed, Gender, does not give any information in which to judge a person. Judge a person on their individual merit. Or be one of those really enlightened people and don’t judge at all. I am a bit judgmental, but I fully believe in allowing people to express themselves freely and openly. Give them the chance to show you who they are and base your opinion off of that.

In the fictional Jedi Order you are shown skilled, powerful, and wise Jedi of all sorts. Male, Female, Black, White, Orange, Pink, Blue, and a plethora of Cultural Beliefs and traditions. A Jedi was judged solely on their desire and ability to be a Jedi. Hutts (Ya know, Jabba) have a bad reputation as a Race in Star Wars, but there are Hutt Jedi. Not judged or denied because of race, but allowed to pursue the Jedi Way because they had the ability and drive to do so.

For real Jedi there is a core general rule that is taught across all Jedi Websites. The Skywalker Code states this as: Jedi Respect All Life, in any form. The Jedi Rules of Behavior state this as: Honor Life. Life is an important aspect of the Jedi Way. We do not accept or deny a person on any other quality except their desire to become a Jedi. Anyone can be a Jedi Knight. Man, Woman, Straight, Gay, all Hues of the Skin, and all views of the universe. The question is simply one of merit, of intent, of action. Are you or are you not Living the Jedi Way? 

As a Jedi I say Racism, Sexism, it is all moronic. All lives matter. People are people where ever you go. Some are the most amazing people you will ever meet. And some seem to be there for nothing else but to remind you what not do, what not to become. None of that is dependent on some external or biological difference. Forget the glass walls of ‘isms’ and allow people the chance to show you how awesome they can be. It does not matter who they sleep with or who they pray to. If you want to be a Jedi you’ll have to put aside such prejudice and simply focus on the merit of the individual.

Equality

My work schedule is an interesting one with very little human interaction – at least on a face-to-face basis. However, everyday I walk my dog. Most days I walk down to the store a couple blocks away. These daily activities often cause me to walk by another human being. Now I am not a big yay humans person, but I was raised to be respectful and courteous. As such I offer a smile, nod, and/or a brief Hi as I pass the person. I do this simply because it was how my Mother raised me. You acknowledge the other person’s existence and you both continue on your merry way. This has not and will not change within my life. Male, Female, doesn’t matter in the slightest. Human being, acknowledged, pleasant day to both of us, and we forget the encounter near immediately. Now to get myself in trouble.

I don’t give a shit you are a woman and it now seems policy to ignore your existence as a matter of respect. Does my habit of nod, hi, and continuing on my way disrespect a woman’s wish to be left unmolested as she ventures off to where ever she is going? Perhaps. But I have no desire to live in a world where we walk with our heads down ignoring one another as we travel throughout this world because we may inadvertently offend someone somewhere.

I believe in equality. We are all as equally screwed up as one another. And we should be treating all humans, regardless of gender, sexual preference, race, and whatever stupid glass walls we can come up with, fairly and equally. So since I will not cease to say “hi” to men as I walk to the store, I feel it is only fair I do not stop saying “hi” to women because of their gender.

So, all human beings within my vicinity – I offer this as warning. If we pass by on the street. I will smile, I will nod, I will say, Hi. That’s right, I don’t even go the full Hello. And I will continue on without giving you a second thought. If you find this behavior disrespectful, please feel free to look me in the eye, smile, nod, say Hi, continue on your way without giving me a second thought and disrespect me right back. After-all that is only fair.

A Rant: Gamers and Sexism

I am a fan of the Colbert Report and Daily Show. Generally a good chuckle on the messed up things happening around the world. Last night Colbert did a segment on #Gamergate. A topic that has been going on for awhile. I have politely kept my nose out of it. I figured it a mixed bag with people cherry picking their arguments. As is usually the case with tough topics such as this. More sides to the story then any one person can truly see – hidden agendas and all that.

However the Colbert Report decided that they would used Dragon Age: Origins as an example of sexism and unfair treat of women in the video game industry. And that simple mistake is what grates my cheese and why I am offering my two cents now. BioWare has been leading the way in equality for a long time. Do the stories still have women in need of help? Yes. But they also have men in need of help. They have same sex relationships. Most importantly for over a decade they have been allowing Female Leads within their games. The woman saves the day. She pursues a romantic interest of her choice, if she so desires. The female is the main character (or can be since it is left to the gamer who to play).

Attack the games that exemplify sexism. Destroy games like Hatred and penalize those developers by ensuring their projects are not profitable – such games hurt the gaming community. I get the issue of equality and fairness within the gaming community. It astounds me when I talk with female gamers and they tell me the hostility and/or unwanted advances they face when playing MMO’s – from Call of Duty to BioWare’s Star Wars The Old Republic. That negative behavior is not a reflection of the game (well maybe in CoD’s case), rather a reflection of a community that has yet to grasp the concept of equal and fair treat of all human beings. But that is individuals – not everyone. And there are plenty of examples of good behavior as well.

I am all for the encouragement of fairness and a more balanced representation within video games and within the community itself. Since when does it matter what gender someone is playing a game? Games are about skill, they are about story, they are about winning and accomplishing tasks. Gender is a non-issue in these things. Or at least, they should be. Doesn’t matter if a female is the best or worse player on a team – they are a player. Gender has jack to do with it. Praise, reward, or criticize as the play warrants. Help everyone out – male or female – and seek to nurture a community that has respect, love, and fairness for all who play it. Are there going to be chumps and A-holes out there? Yep. Such is the world. Before we can change the world we must change ourselves. Then we can help change our community (online or offline), and then we can affect the world. One step at a time.

First you must represent your cause the way you want it to be seen. If you want to be treated fairly and equally – then you must be fair and equal. Blanket terms, general statements, and overall denial of good examples does not support help. It discourages those who would gladly stand with you. It creates this situation. Instead of speaking on the issue of sexism – I am here correcting the inappropriate behavior and erroneous examples of those that have spoken the loudest. In the end I find gamergate becoming an absurd thing. Why? Because those wanting to advocate change are not educated in the subject in which they are speaking. Instead they are blasting all games and all men. Because I am male and play video games, especially BioWare ones, I am now a sexist a-hole. A look I got last night was exactly that. Judged because the “facts” they knew had been skewed making it so I had to defend the culture that exists. Pointing out strong female leads and the sexism of men within video games. It was not the stance I was looking to take, but one-sided reporting has made it that way. Again – You want Fair and Equal, then be Fair and Equal. That is how you change the culture.

Gamergate and Fairness

I am a fan of the Colbert Report and Daily Show. Generally a good chuckle on the messed up things happening around the world. Last night Colbert did a segment on #Gamergate. A topic that has been going on for awhile. I have politely kept my nose out of it. I figured it a mixed bag with people cherry picking their arguments. As is usually the case with tough topics such as this.

However the Colbert Report decided that they would used Dragon Age: Origins as an example of sexism and unfair treat of women in the video game industry. And that simple mistake is what grates my cheese and why I am offering my two cents now. BioWare has been leading the way in equality for a long time. Do the stories still have women in need of help? Yes. But they also have men in need of help. They have same sex relationships. Most importantly for over a decade they have been allowing Female Leads within their games. The woman saves the day. She pursues a romantic interest of her choice, if she so desires. The female is the main character (or can be since it is left to the gamer who to play).

Attack the games that exemplify sexism. Destroy games like Hate and penalize those developers by ensuring their projects are not profitable – such games hurt the gaming community. I get equality and fairness within the gaming community. It astounds me when I talk with female gamers and they tell me the hostility and/or unwanted advances they face when playing MMO’s – from Call of Duty to BioWare’s Star Wars The Old Republic. That negative behavior is not a reflection of the game (well maybe in CoD’s case), rather a reflection of a community that has yet to grasp the concept of equal and fair treat of all human beings.

I am all for the encouragement of fairness and a more balanced representation within video games and within the community itself. Since when does it matter what gender someone is playing a game? Games are about skill, they are about story, they are about winning and accomplishing tasks. Gender is a non-issue in these things. Or at least, they should be. Doesn’t matter if a female is the best or worse player on a team – they are a player. Gender has jack to do with it. Praise, reward, or criticize as the play warrants. Help everyone out – male or female – and seek to nurture a community that has respect, love, and fairness for all who play it. Are there going to be chumps and A-holes out there? Yep. Such is the world. Before we can change the world we must change ourselves. Then we can help change our community (online or offline), and then we can affect the world. One step at a time.

First you must represent your cause the way you want it to be seen. If you want to be treated fairly and equally – then you must be fair and equal. Blanket terms, general statements, and overall denial of good examples does not support help. It discourages those who would gladly stand with you. It creates this situation. Instead of speaking on the issue of sexism – I am here correcting the inappropriate behavior of those that have spoken the loudest. In the end I find gamergate becoming an absurd thing. Why? Because those wanting to advocate change are not educated int he subject in which they are speaking. Instead they are blasting all games and all men. Because I am male and play video games, especially BioWare ones, I am now a sexist a-hole. A look I got last night was exactly that. Judged because the “facts” they knew had been skewed making it so I had to defend the culture that exists. Pointing out strong female leads and the sexism of men within video games.It was not the stance i was looking to take, but one-sided reporting has made it that way. Again – You want Fair and Equal, then be Fair and Equal. That is how you change the culture.