So, I’m sitting here on the couch with my husband watching the second to last episode of Season 1 of the X-Files, and I’m totally digging it. I had completely forgotten how full of awesomeness this series was.
It’s a show that has so much to say about the Human Condition. Where Star Trek had to be very covert when it tried to make a point, The X-Files came about during a generation that was finally opening up to the possibility that the world was not what we thought it was. We were open to the fact that the government wasn’t perfect, that we weren’t perfect, and that ‘the truth was out there’.
It was a show that allowed, and encouraged, people to think about things from a new and different perspective. The fact that it encouraged people to think was amazing in and of itself.
This is something that I think people have forgotten to do. We’ve become complacent, and have begun to take steps backward in our development.
Each generation, up until recently, took great leaps forward in understanding and compassion. We discovered that we didn’t need to discriminate, or segregate, and that we really could get along. Yet, in the last 20 years we’ve taken huge steps backwards.
In the 1980’s, when HIV / AIDS was discovered, it was labeled the ‘gay cancer’. Eventually, society was forced to see that it wasn’t a gay disease, but instead, a disease that had the potential to affect every single human being on the planet. Before this, people feared anyone who publicly proclaimed their preference for members of the same sex, and we saw a rash of hate crimes.
As one decade turned to the next, we saw another generation on the rise. One that would be a bit more tolerant of sexual preference, and skin color. We began to see a bit more acceptance not only from the general public, but from those that found faith in God and His teachings.
This tolerance didn’t last long.
We deny people the right to be married. Who gave us that right? Contrary to what many people want to say, God certainty didn’t. That’s not the God that I remember from my younger days. Marriage is nothing more than a promise from one person to another. Hell, it most likely originated as a means of acquiring wealth, and tracking family ties. That’s all. Even now, it’s a way of tracking debt, monetary wealth, and who can and can’t have health care.
Anyways, back to my original thought stream. In the last two decades I’ve seen us go from moderately accepting and tolerant of many things, to horribly ignorant, bigoted, and closed minded. We think we are so forward in our thinking, but the fact of the matter is that, as a nation we have such a superiority complex that we can’t accept the fact that we are failing future generations.
Every day there are articles posted and written about various political, economic, and environmental situations. When you scan to the bottom of these online articles, there is usually a section available for commenting and reading those comments is enough to anger the most loving and passive person. They do nothing but bash the President, or place the blame everywhere but where it should be. I think that people are ashamed to say that they may have voted for someone who wasn’t capable of doing his job, and so must now blame it on the person handling the outcome of poor decisions. We always place the blame somewhere else. If we don’t blame it on someone we believed in, then we won’t be hurt, and we are in no way responsible.
I shouldn’t have needed to be afraid to ‘come out of the closet’. I’m only Bi, for crying out loud. I shouldn’t feel embarrased to tell people that I’m half Mexican. No one should ever have to be concerned about this. I have two arms, two legs, two eyes, breath oxygen just like you.
As a species, we deserve to be wiped out. We are a hateful people bent on destruction. But, I want to believe. I want to believe that we might be able to redeem ourselves. Maybe, one day, war will stop. Maybe, one day, we will be truly tolerant. Maybe, one day, sexuality and race won’t matter.
I’m not holding my breath.