Your Circumstances Don’t Make You Special Day

Photography by Kevin Schoen

by Kevin Schoen

Published 3/8/2017

Your circumstances don’t make you special today or any day. We all have experienced some set back in life. Try being a short fat man looking for a job in a big and tall shop. You think you are discriminated against? To add to the confusion, last year a man was woman of the year! This is an effort of the perpetually offended to get everyone all divided up nicely. To what end? So we are all nicely sliced and diced; division takes our power as a people.

Let us do a short count of the ill-affected. There are women, men that wish they were women, women who wish they were men, bald women, bald men, fat women, fat men, skinny women, skinny men, short people, tall people, the blind, the deaf, red heads, lefties, people born with deformation, hemophiliacs, albinos, those with lung disease, heart disease, those born with mental health issues, those who can have babies; those who can’t. These are just some of the struggles. Lets divide again here. Within all of these groups of people are ones who are racially different somehow. Within even those groups there are divisions based on the level of darkness of skin; see cast system in India.

Within each of these groups of people who think they have it too hard, there are infinite sub-groups. To the man who was born missing both legs and arms, the guy who was born missing his hand looks lucky. To the skinny woman who looks anorexic and cannot eat enough to satisfy her metabolism the fat woman looks luxurious. To the fat woman who starves herself to no avail, the skinny one seems lucky.

Are we all so in need of attention that we get sucked into these special days for each group. How about we have a special holiday for all groups where everyone can skip work? Will that satisfy us all? I doubt it. If we all could see how alike we all are we would be happy being in our own skin and our own lives. These days are not designed to celebrate diversity. They are designed to divide us. They are designed to make us feel more put upon than our counter group.

Has anyone ever noticed that the leftist leadership today never celebrates diversity, or even speaks of it anymore, except to try to claim inclusion of these diverse groups so people will vote in their block. They’ve spent the last several decades extolling the diverse appearance of their party. Curiously absent is diversity of opinion. They behave like a cheating husband trying to demonstrate his loyalty. No it wasn’t them that fought to keep slavery legal or fought against the civil rights act, or was it? They just ply their bride with trinkets like social spending and days of recognition.

No, your circumstances don’t make you special today or any day. We are not who we are because of our circumstances. We are who we are despite our circumstances. In fact, it can be argued that we are honed to a higher greatness by adversity. We should distrust those who use pity to divide us from each other. I am created with the circumstances my creator knew would hone me into a superior version of my former self. I am not to be pitied. We are not to be pitied. We are to be admired for our victories over adversity. Only a person who has adapted to overcome adversity can recognize the greatness in another for the same reason. A nation of great people does not give up their greatness for mere pity!

#internationalwomensday #dividedwefall #daywithoutawoman


The Speech Of His Lifetime

President Trump gave the speech of his lifetime last night. Many, including myself, underestimated him in all sorts of ways. I am reminded of the quote “When they take the low road, We take the high road.” President Trump, policy differences aside, took the high road. The partisan tension and resentment in the room was palpable. The American people took notice too. If the silent hatred does not stop, the American voters will throw a few more of the old sour pusses out in the mid-terms; Then where will the left be? Someone much smarter than I once said that we almost always are the real authors of our own demise.

To those who want to point out that his speech highlighted some fairly liberal policies, I say look at history. In election campaigns candidates, ethical or not, pivot left or right for the consumption of their audience. After 5 weeks of continual efforts, by the press, to bruise the president’s relationship with the people, the president calls a joint session of congress. This is a brilliant campaign strategy, but used by a man who has already won the campaign and can force congress and the press to be present so they can humiliate themselves with lack of maturity and self control right in front of middle America. I saw moderates on the left looking around trying to decide if it was all right to stand or clap. They are slaves to leadership.

He knew the lefts leadership would be controlled by their hate and that it would show. The lefts leadership put on their very best mean looks just for him. In fact, that’s what he wanted. They got played like a fiddle! This whole show was reaching out to the center/non-extreme segments of both parties, those who would be offended by divisiveness, in front of those who hate him and can’t hide it. The far lefts leadership forgot, never allow yourself to be defined by your enemy. The lefts leadership had a poker face on that says they got a terrible hand. There is a sweet irony in knowing that CNN helped pick the losing cards with a cheat; slipping the questions to Hillary Clinton so only she was prepared ahead of a debate with Bernie Sanders. They don’t seem to be able to extricate themselves from this spiraling partisan control dynamic long enough to do what’s right for America.

This speech was red meat for the center-left and center-right. Remember them? They are the people that we all seem to forget are the voters that determine elections. The far-left and far-right don’t win elections; its the middle who does; both middle-left and middle-right. They are not ideologues. They don’t care about any of our extremist views. Whoever they ally with will win the next election. His speech was designed to win their allegiance. Much to the chagrin of the far-left and far-right he knocked it out of the park.

Yes, this was the speech of his lifetime. President Trump sees that he can have a majority by uniting the center-left and center-right. Think about that for a minute; the far-left and far-right will never ally and work together because they both want control to the exclusion of the other. Both extreme wings are also incapable of allying with their centrist wings for the same reason. The extremists just got marginalized by their own hatred, and President Trump was only too happy to assist. For those leaders on the left who have been acting like climate experts, they sure seem incapable at adapting to climate change in Washington.

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