I need more icons. This requires me getting around to making them, though. And when I'm feeling creative I keep doing other things lately...|
Things of the moment:
Today is my day for feeling abandoned.
I'm losing my will to engage with certain people, because there's "calling people on legitimately bad behaviour", and then there's "being a judgemental ass", and if you're over in category two, I just don't have the energy to do more than roll my eyes right now.
Especially since a lot of it could basically be summarised with: "Someone doing something you don't want to do is not a :violation of your rights:, even if they're doing it where you can see it/hear it/whatever."
Maybe you hate Fall Out Boy. If I drive past you in a car with the windows down and loud Fall Out Boy playing in my car at 2pm on a Tuesday, that will qualify as annoying. I am not infringing your rights.
Maybe you hate fireworks. This does not mean you magically acquire the right to object to Diwali fireworks displays. There are fireworks. Deal with it, princess. Shutting down a Diwali celebration because people don't like fireworks, don't like lights, or don't like Hindus would be an infringement of their rights.
(I'm ambivalent about the degree to which the general illegality of fireworks in Australia is wrong, because on the one hand, I believe people should be able to celebrate their religious festivals, but on the other hand, I believe bushfires are a bad thing, and fireworks are kind of high-risk to let loose in the community...)
Unless you can demonstrate a way in which other people's religious festivals actually cause you harm, then regardless of whether you dislike the festival or the religion, we return to deal with it, princess.
(And no, "it upsets me" doesn't count. To return to our Diwali example, the community should be notified that there will be fireworks, so that people who, say, are deeply upset by loud noises can take appropriate action to prepare/protect themselves. However, someone being around who is upset by loud noises doesn't get to have to the fireworks stopped entirely, because shut the hell up if you don't get this.)
Don't even get me started on the topic of hating on Christmas celebrations. Me, I kinda hate Christmas. It's depressing. It's like an event designed to make people with small families, dysfunctional families or no family at all feel as acutely miserable as possible. And it's two weeks after my birthday, which means that trying to celebrate my birthday gets aggravatingly tricky - everyone has "Christmas parties" and nobody cares about individuals' birthdays at this time of year.
I don't like Christmas.
However, trying to stop everyone else enjoying Christmas would make me a jerk.
So, accordingly, I shall conclude this rather dyspeptic post with the following sentiment:
I hope that all of you reading this experience joy this December, however you should spend it, and with whomever you spend it. I hope you are loved and feel it. I hope you are happy, at least some of the time.
If the other festivals don't float your personal boat (or even if they do), I encourage you to celebrate this Friday, the 10th. Have cake, or some other delicious treat, if you can, and have it in a spirit of joy and self-indulgence. If anyone questions you, dismiss their questioning outright, because it will be my birthday, and I will readily proclaim that everyone should feel entitled to some sort of treat on my birthday.
Certain things really depend on context sometimes. For example, this week I sent a present to a fourteen-year-old girl I've only met once.|
But she's my cousin, so that's okay and not creepy. She's interested in photography, and has a real talent for it. When we spent some time together in Scotland she tried out my Good Camera. I can't provide her with a high-grade camera to play with more, but I can - and did - send her a good book about photography so she can learn more of the principles behind it.
According to her grandmother, she was very pleased with it. This pleases me. (Her grandmother gave it to her for me, because I didn't have Cousin's address, whereas I had my great-aunt's address and know she sees her regularly.)
(It's more-or-less coincidence that it arrived on Christmas Eve, based on when I got around to ordering it, but hey, Cousin can have an extra, surprise Christmas present.)
I hope everyone has a good day today. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope your celebrations are joyful and if you don't, have a good day anyway.