A few days ago (just Monday, actually) one of my friends came out as being gay. When I first read his Facebook post I thought "Oh. Yeah, makes sense, whatever."
A few moments later my reaction was "Should I comment this on it:
Wait, am I supposed to hit you over the head with a cross and yell "come back from sin!" repeatedly? (that way, I'll deal enough brain damage for you to think that seeing people differently than others see them is actually a bad thing)"
I didn't, because then all the christians would have gotten their panties in a twist, and that would have been more trouble than would be worth it, but it got me thinking, what if we weren't living here, where people (for the most part) are quite open minded? What if we were living in the deep south? Could my friend get in trouble from the community? Could the school refuse to let him in at the beginning of this upcoming school year?
And why is it that now, in the twenty-first century, in 2012, that being gay is still such a horrid thing? Why do gays get hated on? (I'll probably sound like a hippie here) Why can't we all just love each other? Why do people think they can control how others feel, what they think, and who they love? Just because I'm different from you doesn't give you the right to control me and try to make me like you. If it does, why can't I control you, and try to make me like you? Actually, the answer to the latter question is easy: I don't care that you're different, and I don't see why you should be like me. If you were like me, then I wouldn't be the only me.
Tigger said it best:
The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs!
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers
Is that I'm the only one!
It's good to be different and unique. Call me hipster, but why would I want to be "normal"? Being the same as everyone else is boring, because you aren't yourself.
But it's frowned upon, minorities like gays and atheists and immigrants are down-trodden, treated horridly, and generally hated.
Why? If you're a homophobe, just say it and look away from the gay couple across the street. If you're a theist, good for you, go pray in church or before you go to bed, if you don't like illegal aliens crossing the border to find a better place to live, go to their country and make it a better place so they don't have to get away from it.
But no, for some bizarre reason, it seems to go against human nature to be kind and understanding. It seems that it is human nature to be different, but hate it when something is different. Why is that?
Why have we not grown out of it? Now, when a little robot is trundling around Mars, when we can have our computers, phones, radios, alarm clocks, calculators, and car keys all combined into a tiny device barely bigger than our hands that can connect to this world-wide interfacing system that can give us almost unlimited information with the tap of a finger, or one spoken word, when we are discovering new ways to generate energy, now, we still cling to silly primeval fears and instincts that we should have shed years ago.
But I should stop before I start repeating myself, even though I'm just asking this one question:
Why haven't humans advanced as fast psychologically as we have technologically?
Why do we change our ways of doing things, but not our minds to match?
(as always, I come to the same, one question I always want to know the answer to) Why?