Sunday 30 July 2023

Nerd Church - And Yet


Honestly, I have no idea. This is one of those posts that just kind of... happened. 😅

General Content Warning for... I don't know. The state of the world? You'll see.

Title: And Yet. Background: black marble or granite slab

It can feel like you're shouting at the clouds, with the world burning down all around you.

...Who made the world this way, do you know?

Because all we're doing is fighting within systems in systems in systems - and all it does is benefit those few at the top, who've always been well off.

The only division that should matter is between love and hate - and there is a right answer (hint: it's not hate.)

I don't understand how the world can be so beautiful and wonderful and yet...

And yet.

We stand together set in stone, hearts open wide.
And leave them no place left to hide.
It's not a bridge, it's their ideas we must burn.
You had your chance now it's our turn.

Hear us now, hear us screaming out.
Feel it breaking down, bet you can hear us now.
No more secrets, no more fear.
Can you hear us now? Bet you can hear us now.

- The Used, Kenna Song

Is idealism a fool's game?

And yet... if we don't dream. If we don't hope. If we don't look forward to an ideal that may never come...

We have to.

We have to be those naive dreamers, while knowing the cynicism of realism as it seeps through every aspect of our lives.

We have to hope and keep hoping.

Because these are the greatest victories - hope, love, joy.

These are what the haters hate the most, consumed by their own jealousy and insecurities.

You've got to make a choice if the music drowns you out
And raise your voice every single time they try and shut your mouth

- My Chemical Romance, Sing

And I'm not one for false dichotomies -

things are more complicated (and simple) than they seem to be 

- but, or so it seems to me, sometimes when the extremities are so stark, it's hard to stay neutral...

...and sometimes neutral is the coward's choice, because you're scared to raise your voice. 

(I'd have more respect for you if you admitted it.)

Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

Holocaust survivor Primo Levi

You shouldn't be scared of neutrality - if it's truly what you believe.

But remaining neutral for the sake of it is not the way. 

Neither is saying that you're neutral while lending tacit support to a stance that, deep down, you know is wrong.

Or playing both sides simply because you want to win the game.

Because it's not a game - and that's half the problem.

Those in power don't think of it as a duty and a service, but as a prize to be won, a game to play, money to be made. 

Cloak and dagger b*llsh** while the public pay the price.

I'm sick of politicians who act like petulant children.

I'm sick of politicians who let themselves be swayed by the way the wind is blowing on any given day, instead of protecting people, helping people, respecting people.

I'm sick of progress being threatened by the tiny minds of selfish men.

(And before you say it, I know that some of them aren't men.)

I'm sick of a world on fire because previous generations, previous politicians and statesmen and governments, burned everything they could get their greedy hands on.

I'm sick of greed.

How is it that the worst people always come out on top? And yet...

And yet.

And yet the greatest victories are ours, and they are named Hope and Love and Joy. 

They are called Compassion and Kindness.

And they are what is worth it, in the end.

They have to be.

Nerd Church is going on break in August and will be back on 10th September 2023

So... that was a post that happened!


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  1. Your CW reminds me of the book Content Warning: Everything by Akwaeke Emezi. Great piece, Cee!

    1. Lol, sometimes the warnings are too nebulous to define dammit! ;)


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