It seems that some people think we are at war.
Against whom? Why all different people!
The most notable is, of course, the war on women. There are all kinds of grenades being lobbed around that. Ever since the whole contraception thing a few months ago, some women seem to think that someone wants to take their birth control away. Or you’ve got Hilary Rosen attacking Ann Romney on the air. Just a few days ago, comedienne Sarah Silverman tweeted a satirical update with a photo, claiming she got a “quickie aborsh” before “Roe v. Wade gets overturned.”
…Or is there?
There is a real war. It’s a war that no one is interested in fighting.
Don’t Drink the Water
This week, 150 Afghan schoolgirls went to the hospital.
Their school’s drinking water had been poisoned. Some of the girls remained in the hospital in critical condition. Islamist radicals are to blame. Ten years ago, when the Taliban was deposed, the ban against female education went with them. But sympathizers carry out regular attacks against women. They think educating women is anti-Islam. Girls have had acid thrown in their faces on the way to school. And now this.
I will say this, and I mean it: anyone who thinks it’s God’s will that you poison schoolchildren can go to hell. I know, not very loving. Jesus, forgive me.
This is the Real War on Women
I want you to contrast that scene, of 150 school girls laying in the hospital with the smug, self-righteous “humor” of an American comedian, fueling a non-existent controversy. Has anyone come to our doors, taking our birth control away from us? Is the repeal of Roe v. Wade even a remote possibility? Yes, Mitt Romney says that’s what he wants to do. Doesn’t mean he has a shred of a chance. That was campaign wishful thinking.
Has anyone poisoned you? Has anyone thrown acid in your face?
My guess is no.
Just by the fact that you are reading this blog, I know that you are at least educated beyond the level of those schoolgirls. You have a computer and electricity to run it. You aren’t working in a sweatshop. And (checking visitor stats), you likely live among the wealthiest of Earthlings. You literally have a fraction of the problems of other people.
Sounds to me like we throw the word “war” around awfully easily. Our definition of “war” seems to have changed. My generation missed the civil rights movement. That was a war. Vietnam was a war. The Great Depression was a war.
Now, our definition of “war” is some people camping in city parks and tweeting on their smartphones.
What Is It Good For?
Here’s the thing. Everyone wants to get behind a cause.
Better yet, we want the cause to be us.
We want to be victims and casualties of a war that is mostly in our imaginations.
We want to blame our parents our whole lives for how much our lives suck. And when we can’t do that anymore, we’ll blame our boss, our spouse, the government, the “man,” God, whoever we can find. We want people to know how hard our life is. We want to be called “heroes.” We want them to make our lives easier, or at least tweet about how awesome we are. We make up a war where the world is the aggressor and we are the victims.
War is good for a lot of things, when it comes to inflating our own egos.
There is no massive conspiracy against you. There is no war on Christians or blacks or white men or women…at least in America.
Those schoolgirls know the meaning of “war.” They are fighting it, not tweeting about it. They are paying the price. And doesn’t our complaining look stupid and petty compared to them? The real war on women is being waged by radical Islam, not the GOP, not evangelicals.
There is no war, just a lot of stupidity.
What do you think? Do you think there is a war going on against you? Is there a giant conspiracy against any of us? Or are we just grasping at straws because our problems are too insignificant to really matter?