Don’t Hold Your Breath or You Will Lose Your Voice

I was kind of shocked to see that it’s already been one and a half month since I last posted anything here. Yes, I admit, the current events still make me hold my breath, but I am slowly realising that this won’t change until November at least, so probably the worst I could do in times like these would be to lose my voice.

While my past weeks have been super busy both with work and university, and with private stuff, I have still found the time to be vocal about issues dear to me. Mostly on Facebook, though, so apologies for neglecting my blog.

It feels like it has recently become a pastime of mine to argue with people on Facebook. Usually, I made a point of staying out of online arguments, but times like these and the issues at hand are too important to me to stay silent when I read bullshit like “Trump is pretty liberal”. Yes, this is an actual comment I read on Facebook. Yes, you bet your ass I replied to that. And I tell you, it wasn’t pretty. Of course, I was personally insulted as stupid when I questioned his definition of “liberal”, and even after quoting a dictionary definition (with link to the source) to him, he argued on. So I challenged him to post a source for the definition of “liberal” that, in his opinion, matches Trump. Let’s just say, it is kind of sad when you get proof that a grown man has no reading comprehension whatsoever, because quote a source he did, and it described “liberal” accurately as being “tolerant” and about “maximum individual freedom”. None of which is remotely true about Donald Trump (unless you’re a white, cis male who shares his views).

So while I would like nothing better than to crawl in bed, pull the blanket over my head (figuratively because it’s far too hot for that!) and pretend nothing of this is actually happening, I won’t hold my breath any longer. I won’t risk losing my voice because I’m too shocked to say anything. I will continue to voice my opinions, and I will continue to argue with people on social media. They can unfriend/unfollow me if they don’t like it. Or block me. Just like I’ve already unfriended a bunch of people I hardly knew anyway, whose opinions in this election cycle (US) I grew tired of reading because they made me angry, or frustrated at the ignorance, or scared for our world’s future, or all of that at once.

So let’s be vocal and try to open people’s eyes before it is too late!