Ever since I can remember, I have been totally obsessed with the news. Back in the day, I wanted to be a news broadcaster and the closest I got to that was an entertainment reporter at Arlington Racetrack and dabbled with some traffic reporting for Chicago’s NBC affiliate. Both very amazing and interesting opportunities, stories for another day…because I’ve got some real good ones. In any case, it’s clear I’m not greeting you all on the evening news, however, my love for daily updates and world news has not totally diminished.
I do think it’s important for me to know my news of what is happening in my world. I’m speaking for myself. I understand and totally get if and why people choose not to read the news. A lot of what happens in our country effects me and may even effect me more if I decide to birth a human, get old and sick, plan to retire (granted I have that luxury)…the list can go on and on.
Here’s where my problem lies. Yesterday, I was reading about California passing the “right-to-die with dignity” law and then I stupidly decided to read some of the comments. Forget the news being a bummer! There are some gigantic assholes in this world. I understand we all have our own view points and opinions, that’s life and I totally respect that. But reading comments from strangers regarding this law saying these suffering and sick people will go straight to hell if they choose this route made my head want to explode. Because here’s the deal with that, I’m pretty certain that person chose their right-to-die, because they were currently “living” in their very own version of utter hell. That was just my first observation. I also was blown away by the hatred some humans have towards one another, both those I side with and those I don’t. Why are people so f$%&#*@ mean to one another? You must be a real angry asshole to feel the need to discount a person’s reflection of their experience of watching their loved one struggle and suffer. Coming from someone who is currently experiencing some devastating heart ache due to a loved one’s health, I find that the people with that lack of sympathy are actually not filled with all this love they claim to have for all human life…I find they are filled with judgement and arrogance. One person went so far to list all the cancers all of their family members had and that not one suffered or went through pain before death – asking how bad could it really be. Lucky them, everyone I know that died of cancer suffered immensely and those around suffered as well watching them suffer.
There is so much going on in this world, so much suffering and heart ache. It’s times like this, we as fellow citizens should be compassionate and kind to one another. Not, “Oh you just watched your loved one suffer beyond belief for months and live their last days in immeasurable pain and bound to their bed and they chose their right to die….welp, they’re off to hell now.” I have two words for anyone like that, starts with an F and ends with an F. Take a guess.
Here’s the deal, I definitely do not agree with a lot of people. If you think this should not be a right because your God says so…will I agree with you? Probably not. My higher being/universe is just different than yours. And that is ok. Will I insist my ethics trump yours and put you down based on your beliefs? No, but I’ll be interested in talking about it with you. I try to respect and see all sides of the story. So…deep breaths.
I am for this law and am relieved to see it passed for multiple reasons. The most important one being, no one deserves to suffer and live their last days in complete anguish if it can be helped. That’s how I feel and what my heart says. For me…my body, my choice. And that goes with all things. If I choose to get a cat turd tattooed on my forehead, that’s my problem. Want to share your opinion with me kindly and share why you think that tattoo on my head wasn’t the best idea, by all means, I’m all ears. I love debates, I could talk to a brick wall for hours. However, get mean, become judgmental and I am already a block away because I ran fast as hell from your toxic ass. I suppose my point here is this, I am personally affected by this, so I’m extra sensitive to it. People have NO idea what each other are going thru, so be nice. We have a friend who is no longer with us that once said, “If you’re an asshole, you can’t be my friend.” I stand with him on that and I am welcoming all to stand with me too.
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