Date: September 18, 2020
Interstellar News: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today at the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (Shanah Tovah, my friends). Since 2020 is the year the just keeps getting worse, I thought I would take some time out of my “Year of Trek” to reflect on how far we still need to go to get to that 24th century life where we are all happier people on Earth.
In reply to “Black Lives Matter” some people say “All Lives Matter”. Unfortunately, I think those people have forgotten the definition of the word “all”. ‘All’ encompasses Black people, so it’s totally silly to have that as a reply. But when you really think about what someone says when they say “All Lives Matter”, I have to ask:
- Do you also mean murders? rapists? pedophiles?
- Do you also mean drug addicts? abusive parents or spouses?
- What about Hitler? Osama bin Laden? Did their lives matter?
Where do you draw the line? Do you really mean “Some Lives Matter”? “White Lives Matter more than others”? What is it that you really mean?
Personally, I do believe that all lives matter… but it’s Black lives that are most at risk today. I don’t believe in the death penalty, we might get it wrong and it’s also not up to us who lives and who dies. I believe a woman has the right to choose what happens to her body, but I think they should really explain that abstinence is the only 100% effective way to stop becoming accidentally pregnant. Education needs to be better across the board and that will alleviate much of what happens. I believe that people of color in America and around the world have been treated horribly for too long and we’re constantly in this cycle of fighting for the rights of everyone. I believe everyone should be able to love without limits, express themselves they way they want, true to their feelings and inner self, and should be kind to one another.
Black Lives Matter. More to the point… Every Life Matters, even if they are the world’s biggest Fred. Be excellent to each other, party on dudes, live long and prosper, and may the Force be with us all.