With all eyes on the Supreme Court today with what will eventually be an historic ruling and leap forward, I still find it amazing the people who stand against what is an obvious (to some of us) civil right for our LGBT citizens. It remains tiring and disheartening that I needed to have the conversation with my son today to not let this ongoing crap and the ignorant comments get to him as it is really just a matter of time as law catches up with where the majority in our country are going with gay rights and gay marriage. Yes, it might not be this time around where we get it right but it is inevitable. What is just and what is right will prevail. We have time on our side as many of the naysayer’s are of that “Greatest Generation” and they will not die off soon enough. Giving them that honor (Tom Brokow – you are undoubtedly an asshole) just because they served in WWII managed to dismiss the fact that they have been one of the most bigoted, most selfish and most self-entitled generation this nation has ever seen. But I digress – we still have all the other bible thumpers – most of whom are religious in name only and then only when it serves their personal need. These are also people who hide their prejudice behind some crap out of the bible – a novel from the hands of pure mortals at best. I might have a little more respect if these same people actually lived their life based on the purported beliefs but these are the same people who make up the 41% of people in marriages that admit to infidelity or the 57% of men and 51% of women who admit the same (and these are just the ones who admit it). If the bible is your only course of pushback to gay marriage, your platform is rapidly shrinking and will likely catch up to your brain shortly.
But again I digress. I’m thinking that maybe it is time to take this same approach these anti-gay people are taking and start to apply it to other human traits/characteristics/whatever you want to call it but basically aspects of being a person that you really have no control over and were likely pretty much born with – yes, pretty much like those people who are gay ( and it you still believe it’s a choice, it is time to take that gun you are so afraid is going to be taken from you and do us a big favor and move ahead with an unassisted suicide event.)
Let’s look at a few of the options.
Intelligence – Maybe we need to start looking at people’s IQ as a means of differentiation and begin to allocate access to things based on level of intelligence. Maybe if your IQ is under 120, you should be limited in access to certain societal institutions – like access to college or maybe even high school if you’re too far down that IQ scale. Maybe we should limit the jobs available to these dumbbells as our economy as an institution is one we should be protecting from those who contribute little. You can still get married but only to other people of lower IQ but I think we might want to limit your ability to have a baby as if you aren’t able to really add to the family as an institution in a positive sense, maybe a limit is in order. Not sure you should be able to drive a car – I don’t think I need to elaborate on the benefit of that direction – have you been out there on the road recently?
Attractiveness – We could look at how attractive people are and limit certain access based on where they are on the ugly scale. We could actually memorialize height and weight as a differentiator. As I understand it there are many clubs that ugly people already can’t get into. There are other aspects of this that exist already so this one is already underway.
|Source: American Psychological Association, Smart Money, Princeton University|
|Research Date: 11.27.2012|
|Attractive People Success Statistics||Data|
|Percent chance an attractive person will receive a callback after an interview||72.32 %|
|Percent chance an unattractive person will receive a callback after an interview||62.02 %|
|Percent more that attractive workers earn than unattractive||10 %|
|Average lifetime earning difference||$230,000|
|Average salary for people with low self-esteem||$50,323|
|Average salary for people with high self-esteem||$78,927|
|Average salary for someone who was 6’0″ at age 18||$51,880|
|Average salary for someone who was 5’1″ at age 18||$40,000|
|Percent of salary increase with each standard deviation increase in facial symmetry||8%|
I won’t belabor the points here but at some level this is all wrong. And it seems stupid when you put it on paper but yet it is not all that different. Discrimination is wrong no matter the justification or rationalization. It is not up to any one individual or group to limit the access a person has to that society has to offer or to impede their ability to live a life equal to the rest of us based on their own personal beliefs. I’ve said it before and I don’t know how people don’t see it (maybe it’s the intelligence factor cited above) but just because you believe something and choose to live your life a certain way doesn’t give you the right to force that on everyone else. I do wonder what you are really scared of because that is the only thing that explains this unthinking and unfeeling behavior. Your justification, usually based on some religious doctrine or belief, doesn’t hold water into society today. We don’t all want to follow your God (and most of you really don’t anyhow) and we don’t want your rules to be our rules. I don’t force my ways or beliefs on you – I might think you are stupid or an asshole – but I’m not asking you to do it my way. And don’t limit my son’s ability to live and enjoy life to its fullest. When you do I don’t just think you are stupid or an asshole – you have removed all doubt.