“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” Orson Welles
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once.”- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Reaching for the fingertips
That are no longer there
I wait in silent agony
And numbly do prepare
Myself for all impending doom
And wearisome Despair
For only do I notice you
When you are never there
This week, GOP senate candidate for Missouri, Todd Akin, falsely claimed that women cannot get pregnant from rape if it is indeed ‘legitimate’ rape. He stated, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Really? Well, this is great news then. I had no idea my body had such magical powers. He then went on to claim, and no doubt imply, that if a woman gets pregnant from rape, it was never really rape to begin with. When I first heard about this, my jaw dropped. It doesn’t matter who you are or which side you belong to. If you are that ignorant about such a basic fact, how did you even go through life? All I can say is that I have little hope for the state of Missouri.
But wait, there’s more.
Senator Stacey Campfield of Tennesse falsely claimed that AIDs cannot be contracted through heterosexual sex. He stated, “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community,” “It was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall.” He then went on to summarize himself by saying, “My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.” First of all, what does an airline pilot have to do with anything? Has he suddenly traced the origin of AIDs for us? Well, thank you, Senator Campfield. Thank you for letting us know how very wrong actual scientists are. You might as well just tell us that the cure to any cancer is Capt’n Crunch. Secondly, if he truly believes this, I should tell the majority of the women suffering in Africa that they really don’t have AIDs, but they’re probably going to die anyway. But, hey, at least you’re not a gay man, right?
So here’s my question: How are on earth are these two gentlemen politicians? I am so sorry, but you have got to be kidding me. You would think that the men who intended on running parts of the country would, oh I don’t know, be even remotely educated. I’m sure that they both have wives or girlfriends. Do they still not know how sex works and what STDs and AIDs are? You don’t exactly have to be a genius to know a little sex-ed. If I were you, it would frighten me to know that there are people like this in the world, who are interested in putting the nation’s decisions in their hands.
Not at all. This week’s weekly writing challenge poll is a little strange, I have to admit. I honestly do not know many people who watch the Olympics, let alone care enough to blog about it. I mean it’s a good pass time, but it’s a sporting event, nonetheless, and I am more of an artistic person. There hasn’t been much talk of the Olympics on Facebook. The only thing I could find out was that the majority of people tend to favorite gymnasts, but there’s really no surprise there. Maybe 2012 is just not the year for social media and the Olympics to mesh.
There is a phrase that is so common and so often said, that it is sometimes hard to understand the actual meaning. You may have read it in your high school yearbook or have heard it said from parting friends, but the phrase remains the same, “Never change.” I have always wondered why people say this, why they ask you to never change when such a task is highly impossible. Change is and will always be inevitable. It is a part of our human nature. If we didn’t change, there would be something wrong with us. See, every moment of our lives is new; it is something that we have never experienced before. While some situations may be shockingly similar, no two moments can ever actually be the same. We are constantly evolving, physically and mentally. Our opinion on something one week can be very different the next week. We fall in and out of love. We change careers and majors. We focus all our time and effort on certain things only to give it all up for one person. The wonderful thing about humans is that we are so highly unpredictable. We change all the time. That is what makes us who we are. We are versatile, developing creatures. It is only at death that we ever stop. Even then we change to a point; we decompose and decay. We change.
So when someone tells you to never change, I can only assume that in that particular moment, they are so fond of who you are that they will always remember you as they last saw you. Their image of you will never change.