A Bit of Reflecting and Where to Go From Here
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I apologize, but as many of you might already know, I am not particularly great with having posts planned ahead of time, and while I certainly would not want to bore any of you into not coming back, I hope you indulge me, at least for today, in a bit of catching up and just chatting about the future. On a side note before I begin, the next two Wednesdays will be used to finish up “AnoHana,” at which point we’ll be starting something new, and Sunday’s posts will still probably have an element of randomness to them.
It feels like at least half of my writing this year has begun with some variation of “things have been rough” or “people are really suffering” and at a certain point, as cruel as it may sound, admittedly, it just comes off as repetitive. Still, I repeat it nearly every time because, to be blunt, I am angry.
I know the situation was very different in other countries, so for the international readers, understand that I am referring specifically to the U.S. for what I am about to discuss. However, I don’t think its controversial to say that a literal inanimate object would have handled the pandemic a lot better. Any amount of leadership and forthright, swift action would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Instead, were stuck in a situation that is so bad that millions more have lost their jobs and we are essentially counting on two Senate races in a historically conservative leaning state to have any chance at a functional national government.
The likely reality is that one, or both of the democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, will lose, meaning Republicans will have a weak grip on the Senate, but a grip nonetheless. If this is the case, the election of Joe Biden will likely mean nothing except a few reversals on Trump Era policies which were mostly reversals on Obama Era policies. In other words, nothing will fundamentally change, and Republicans will still hold an unsettling amount of political power.
Now, I recognize that as an upper-middle class white dude, a lot of this still doesn’t affect me, but there are two points to this. First, It is important to understand the idea of voting in the interest of the majority rather than rich minority. Second, Since Republicans have a vested interest in denying the reality of Climate Change, since many of their campaigns are funded by the Fossil Fuel industry, the only chance that any of us will be able to continue living on a reasonably habitable planet is if we elect people who are at the very least willing to listen to activists and scientists. Since that group of people does not exist within the Republican party at the moment, our only choice is to support another fundamentally flawed party.
Ok, so I rambled for a little about U.S. politics for a while, “but what does that have to do with the blog?” You might reasonably ask. The answer is, well, a little.
Many of you reading this are probably aware that OWLS, the Otaku Warrior for Liberty and Self-respect, has been put on hold for a while. However, in the years that have passed since I joined the group, I have come to seriously respect the original mission of the group, which is the promotion of equality of all groups, regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, etch. As such, I would like to take on that idea more regularly. Once I have a bit more free time, I would like do actually research on issues and then relate them to anime and gaming in a serious way.
In what form that will take I have no ideas, as one of my big goals this year still is to start making YouTube content related to the blog. Whether that will happen next week or on December 31st is honestly not a question I can answer right now, but when it does come out I want it to be of good quality, which is why I am going to try and learn how to edit so I can realize this goal.
“What kind of content would you be making?” You might reasonably ask again, to which I would say something you can’t find here, but what that is exactly I still don’t know. Maybe a podcast with fellow bloggers, a series of video essays, a joke series, or a mix of everything. Either way, I want to make something special, not because I feel like I have to, but because I still want to prove to myself that I can.
Well, I think I have rambled for long enough. If you’re still reading at this point just know that I appreciate you greatly. If there is anything in particular you would like to see from me, feel free to leave it in the comments section below, and it will be taken into serious consideration.
For all my fellow bloggers reading this, what are your plans for the future? Let me know that in the comments section below as well.
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