Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I stand for equality and... a common sense

Today, the Supreme Court of the United Stats is listening to the arguments on marriage equality and whether or not same-sex couples should be allowed to get married under the constitution. The final decision should be made by late June.

In a meantime there is a movement on social media to change profile pictures over to the Equality sign.

What do I think about marriage? How is is different than gay marriage?

Personally I don't understand  the big talk about sanctity of the marriage. Everyone who was married for few years knows that there are more sanity than sanctity issues :-) Marriage is a mix of love, trust, partnership, bunch of compromise, ups and downs, everyday drama mixed with everyday routine (especially when raising the kids). Why would I like to deny the right to that to anyone?!  I also don't believe is an absurd statement that marriage is to procreate.  If that was true then marriages between older or infertile couples would be against the rules.  I wonder how many of people who scream about sanctity of marriage got a divorce or were unfaithful to their spouses. I bet quite a few.

Proposition 8 made enough damage to the civil  rights. I hope that people will stand up for an equality. Why we should think less of a human being based on a sexual orientation?  It sounds similar to denying human rights to blacks, jews, or females. Thankfully we managed to change that dark parts of history.  I hope to see my kids to grow up in the world where ban on same sex marriage will sound equally ridiculous as ban on interracial marriage.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.  ~ Martin Niemöller 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

≤140, always know your limits:-)

Tweeting, Texting FB update, Foursquareing, we are quite addicted to it. And we are not using it, as many critics say, to brag or to feed our own vanity. At least not for a most part :).  I think it is more like when you are watching the awesome TV show alone and you make the loud comment only to realize that no one is around to react to it. With social media we can be more... social.

And why shouldn't we be? We are so busy, so consumed with myriads of duties every single day. It is so nice to take a few minutes  break to read that a friend ate in great restaurant,  or listened to long forgotten tunes, or  is going through similar to ours troubles/successes/funny moments/problems with their pet/toddler/house/neighbor/house/duties... I love to see awesome pictures and good ideas pinned on Pinterest. I love to tweet and FB while watching the red carpet events, and hear what other people have to say about it. The whole second screen idea is brilliant!  It is also strangely rewarding to get points or badge on Forsquare for revisiting the Wellness Center! No one else will reward you for it. You are an adult!

Recently I finished reading the novel "Wife 22". Quite a lot of story plays via Facebook conversations. One of them is conversation between main characters about instant media:
"It’s immediate in a way email is not. Soon email may be extinct, gone the way of the letter."
- "I sincerely hope not. Email seems civilized compared to texts and posts and Twitter. What’s next? Communicating in three words or less? "
- "Great idea. We can call it Twi. Three-word sentences can be very powerful. "
- "No they can’t. "
- "Let’s find out."
Gideon, Melanie (2012-05-29). Wife 22: A Novel (pp. 118-119). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
BTW (Twi) , I love how easy is to copy the excerpt from Kindle app for Mac! It paste with citation where the text is coming from!  Very handy thingy (Twi)

The point is I don't think that Social Media have to replace anything.  Different strokes for different folks. But there is a think called common sense that should be used while dealing with any activity. Duh!