I created a new blog, Applecore Too, where I will post stories about things other than my travel experiences. This is the first post on my new site. It is an opinion piece about the United States based on my perspective having traveled on four continents over the past three years. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Yes, America, we have been duped. Language is one way we are manipulated through mass media. Deep divisions between groups are often the result of stereotyping. We use words like weapons on one another to reinforce these stereotypes. The people on the left are labeled liberals, socialists, commies, takers, bleeding hearts, and libtards. When religion creeps into the conversation, a lefty is often called godless, atheist, and anti-Christ. People on the right are labeled nut jobs, homophobes, racist, greedy, mean-spirited, and enemies of the poor. Through the prism of religion, a righty is often called Bible thumper, faithfool, and Christard. There are also derogatory terms especially for Muslims and Jews. We have all read and heard them – towel head, raghead, Hebe, Yid, Kike.
Within the safety of our private internet world, we freely throw out verbal bombshells to retaliate or to provoke. Pick a topic – climate change, gun…
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Hi, I really like your new blog. I have to say you are living my dream life, traveling to a different location every six months…..so amazing.
It is true that human beings are not very kind to one another. There is a lot of ‘judgment’ and name-calling when different cultures are not open-minded to each other. It is sad, since one by one, each person that you meet as an individual, all can be changed into friends. Slowly for some, others immediately connect.
Getting to know each other, beyond the labels, that is how I saw you and Florence approaching your world travels, Mike! You have a great new place to have many different pieces, that will be interesting to read from right here, ‘at home,’ in America.
Hope your trip home was uneventful and you are happily being treated like a King, by your family here! (And Florence like a Queen!) It is always nice to be back home, to feel the family embrace and express their affection and love for you! Smiles, Robin