the world in which we live

Today I am going to get a little personal, political, and real up in here. I am generally very upbeat on here and never really share things that could be considered controversial, unless I am talking about disappointing beauty products. I do this because I don't like to be negative, I don't want to cause an uproar, and I don't want to show that side of me. 

I mean, I don't want to brag, but if you take a look at my about page, you would see that I have my Master's. Therefore, it means that I am educated (sure, it could also mean that I am in debt up to my eye balls and have a stupid piece of paper saying that I am). It means that I have written persuasive essays, term papers, research papers, and I can debate with the best of them, but I have always stuck by my grocery list of things I will never blog about. Today I am going to break a rule... today I am going to blog about something that is really getting to me.

The fact that I am just so disgusted.... for more reasons than one. 

There is a video floating around the interwebs of a two year old girl trying to wake her mother from an overdose in a dollar store. The two year old girl is hysterical and crying. And of course, it was all caught on tape... for a whopping 1 minute and 10 seconds. In the background you can hear a man's and woman's voice talking about the girl and it also sounds like the woman may be on the phone with the police. But I am not disgusted in the video or the filthy piece of trash mom who overdosed... I am disgusted in the people filming the video. It's sickening to see what drugs are doing to this country, but it's also sickening that instead of comforting the little girl, who has no flippin idea what is going on and is probably scared out of her mind, the couple chose to film her. They chose to film a scared child who is trying to wake her mom by pulling at her arm. That is crap. Where on earth is the caring? The humanity?

How did someone think that it was right? Because of the photo that has been circulating of the child in the back seat and two adults passed out in the front? I don't see why that would give someone "permission" to attempt the same "thing"... I mean, c'mon... the photo was actually taken by a police officer, meaning that the police were there. Basically they were called to the scene and decided to snap a few photos AFTER assessing that the little boy was ok. The car was off, and the little boy WAS NOT crying. They meant for their photo to show the "other" side of drug abuse. They meant for it to have more of an impact than the "before and after meth addict" pictures that circulate from time to time. But I really don't think that they meant for it to give permission for a couple to forget their humanity and film the little girl; considering that even the police said that they were disturbed that no one went to help the little girl or the mom. I swear...

A school is taking hot lunches away from children when their parents are behind in payments. There was a lunch lady who quit earlier last week, because she had to take a hot lunch away from a child due to the fact that their parent owed more than $25. Apparently a new school policy states that if the parent owes more than $25, then children in K-6th are given a cold lunch only, and if they are older, then they get no lunch at all. The school says it's a way of cracking down on the parents. But others are calling it "lunch shaming". I really agree on this one. I don't know how it is in the area where this happened, but I know that we have a thing called free lunches where I live. Basically if a parent can't afford lunch, then the kid gets free lunches. Sure, there is a requirement like income or something, but it's there. 

The increasing prices of EpiPens... This one is hard to identify with, because my child doesn't have a life threatening allergy, but since I am a parent, I am going to say this... WTF? So if a parent of a child with an allergy that can literally kill them, can't afford a medicine that would save their life, what are they supposed to do? Shelter them with protectiveness or let them die.

You know, we all talk about the videos that restore our faith in humanity. You know the animal ones- the ones where a cat or dog is stranded on a busy highway and a person stops their car and decides to save them. Or the videos of a hurt dog in a dump that is emaciated and just waiting to die, but a giving and caring person steps in and saves their life. Well, what about the abused children? I can't tell you how many videos I have watched lately on Facebook- #sorrynotsorry for binge watching videos late and night- that have highlighted children being abused and I can barely get through a 30 seconds to a minute of the video before I want to cry. And then I watch a video of a super excited dog playing with an automatic ball throwing object, and I'm all better. But I am still irritated about the later. 

But this is the world in which we live. This is the world in which my son is growing up, and I'm sorry, but sometimes I am so ashamed of it. We live in a world where people would rather watch reality tv instead of good ole documentaries on the History or NatGeo channels. We live in a world where people film children and animals getting abused, but don't do anything about out- other than posting it for everyone to see "how bad the person is". We live in a world with horrible people. We live in a world where we are constantly having to restore our faith in humanity. And it's just sad.

I know I have talked about the bad in the world, but I do know that there is also good. There are decent human beings that are caring, trusting, and restore my faith in humanity every day. I also know that today's post was more like a current events upchuck/rant, and I want to apologize. But I also want to thank you for listening! I promise to be back to my regular scheduled programming next week :)

Happy Weekend!

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