Post by edmonddantes on Apr 20, 2019 6:31:31 GMT -5
1. When you're at a bookstore, talk to an old guy about Sherlock Holmes and it ends up with you happy to have so much in common with someone and him happy that someone of the younger generation actually knows who Doc Savage is.
2. You're home with a headache but forget about it because of a Perry Mason marathon and you had forgotten how awesome that show was.
3. You find an anime you bought three months ago but never watched, so you decide its time to slip it in, and it turns out to be a fun little joyride.
4. You have a conversation with a friend, and it gets you interested in playing an old adventure game... say, Echo Night... and then you think you'll have to save up for awhile, but then you look in your drawers and find out you already own a copy because you got it as part of a lot from a yard sale.
5. You invite a cute small black kitty into your house and he ignores the food, all he wants to do is play with a toy mouse... or get petted.
Post by ommadawnyawn2 on Apr 20, 2019 15:50:54 GMT -5
-Earlier concerts with bands I love that I went to (Thåström, Bob Hund, Hellström, Manson, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radiohead, Pixies, etc.) -First own gig -First GF -Snowmobile journeys with family -Couch co-op/vs with good friends -Tubing -Making my nephew laugh -Ice and sauna bathing -Being pleasantly surprised by a game or album I haven't experienced yet -Sneaking into some concerts and other events -Nerdy escapism like WH40K back in my grade school days
Seriously though, I've met a guy once who told me that he grew up in a small village where most people his age were Neo-Nazis. So was he as a teenager. But at one point he decided to part ways with them, because he couldn't support their ideology any longer. His former "friends" did not like that at all, so leaving that group must have taken a lot of courage. We met at a training course for alternative civilian service of all places and at the time he was working with mentally handicapped people. He seemed to be a decent and honest person not afraid to tell me about his past.
That was ideed a very valuable moment in my life. It gives me hope.
Because frankly, Nazis are just the tip of the iceberg: There is just so much racism in our society. Sometimes it's subtle, sometimes very visible - if you're willing to look and not let general consensus fool you. And all of us have the potential to develop racist tendencies, sadly. It's the old "us vs them"-mentality. But we can also choose to go against that, to not let prejudice and stereotypes influence our judgement. If a former Neo-Nazi could, all of us can. (Well, *most* of us can. I'm not going to defend every asshole out there).
Last Edit: Apr 21, 2019 7:52:42 GMT -5 by windfisch
Post by edmonddantes on Apr 21, 2019 15:07:21 GMT -5
Yay, a topic about happy things got turned into a discussion about how awful and racist society is.
Also, you know what the problem with "punching Nazis" is? It's that once you're convinced someone is a Nazi, they can never un-convince you, much like being a "witch" in Salem, Massachusetts. And all it takes to get someone convinced is to argue with them, just once, about any petty thing.