It doesn’t matter who the “they” is in this case. What matters it the “we” that are losing.
We are scientists. We are believers in equality. We believe that humans can make their own future, without being led. We believe that rational discussion is better than beating the shit out of people who disagree with us. We know that every single good thing in our world has come via knowledge, research, and the innate goodness of people. We think that we can save the world. We can save the world… if they will let us.
I could give thousands of examples of the ‘they’. They range from Christians who would rather rape and kill us than talk to us to rabid science deniers, who are mostly out to make money by discrediting the only thing that makes sense in our world.
They are winning.
The fighters are beginning to succumb. Threats are telling women that they are not welcome in discussions that involve them. Women can’t speak about their own body parts, when they are threatened with losing control of them.
Children die because of their parent’s god. Other children are threatened with rape and murder because they dare to speak out in support of the law. Some of the best people I know aren’t able to get married because they want to marry someone of their own gender. While priests get to rape little boys and are protected by their church.
Atheists are the single least trusted group in our society. Yet the religious can lie, cheat, steal, rape, murder, etc and as long as they say ‘sorry’, it’s OK. Yet atheists can’t even speak up with the voices of thousands of Christians threatening them.
It’s truly disgusting.
I’m tired of the politics. I’m tired of the hatred. I’m tired of dealing with all this shit. I have enough crap to deal with in my own life.
Which is one reason they are winning. Many of us are fighting multiple battles all at once. I for one am getting tired.
For example, I have a friend who is a big believer in organic food and anti-genetically engineered food. I point this friend to study after study that finds no difference between convention, GM, and organic food. I sow study after study that GM crops use less pesticide and organic more, and more toxic, pesticide. My friend’s mind has been made up though and nothing is going to change it.
I have another friend who think that God designed us. There is nothing that will change this friend’s mind. This friend is in complete denial of science, even while, hypocritically, using the tools given by science.
Our government is bought and paid for. The Supreme Court and Citizen’s United has seen to that. I mean, spending over 10 million dollars on a re-election campaign… when any thinking person can see that they should be voted out.
I can’t stand it anymore.
Of course, part of this is stress from work. I’m tired and can’t even think anymore.