existenceoflee asked: One night I was just thinking and came to an conclusion that life IS fair. I think that we all get the equal amount of opportunity even though we might not think so. People like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bill Gates, Basquiat, etc played a part in making me believe that this is true. We just have to keep opening more doors and taking new paths until we get somewhere. You may not agree with me but I'm not here for that, I'm here to be along side you to help figure this shit out. I'm searching too.
I respect your thought process and your conclusion. I assume you are trying to start a meaningful discussion about that conclusion. Ok, here’s my humble opinion:
You are right to assume that I will disagree. I disagree for many reasons, personal and otherwise, but my main reason is that your “partial reason” for reaching this conclusion does not acknowledge all sides of reality.
There are 7 billion people on earth, and of all those 7 billion, your conclusion is based on only a small unrepresentative subset - you named a handful of Americans (who have special and unique talents).
To know if life is fair, don’t look at the unique individuals, look at the average joe. The average joe can’t rap, or create innovative products that change how the world operates. Shit, the average joe struggles everyday just to meet his debts, just to provide food for his family, just to avoid getting sick… How can you say life is fair when 80% of the world lives on 20% of its wealth? How can you say life is fair when a majority of the world is uneducated? How can you say life is fair simply because you grew up in a place with clean water, while a majority of the world does not have that? How can you say life is fair when there are still people being sold into slavery? How can you say life is fair when there are cultures that still circumsize their females at a young age? How can you say life is fair when parents sexually abuse their own children? How can you say life is fair when a father deliberately gets own son addicted to heroine? How…?????
If you think life is fair, you might be too sheltered. I do not mean to offend, it is merely an assumption on my part, because it seems to me that you choose to neglect what the average man goes through. I am happy for Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bill Gates, etc, but the average man does not have government-assisted welfare, or food stamps. The average man works for everything he has, and trust me, when there’s only 20% of wealth for 80% of the world’s people, you WILL do everything right and still come up short, because all the rules are out the door in a scarce situation like that…
I am searching too, and I am growing too but that doesn’t mean I should forget what it means for life to be unfair, simply because an extremely small group of have-nots figured out how to break into the upper class.
They represent the exception, NOT the rule.
Anonymous asked: Do you think Frank Ocean's coming out could change anything in hip hop? I ask because a lot of the music I hear nowadays is pretty homophobic.. Do you think it could possibly make people more.. open minded?
I doubt it… Hiphop’s gonna need more than Frank Ocean to tone it down… The fact that most people aren’t phased by it shows that there has been progress though, but then again, R&B is not hiphop…
Ever feel like you aren’t really alive?
Like your life is just a series of defensive moves? Like you lie to yourself but you know deep inside, you can’t change your cards? Like all the stupid shit that everyone loves to do is not at all fun to you? Like you know not what happiness is? Like the only good feelings come from getting closer to the little money you are trying to make that is supposed to buy your freedom, but that money gets spent cause life is full of bills? Like you just keep moving further and further away from the goal post no matter how hard you try to get closer to it?
Like you know you are not alive, even though you are living?
A question pops up on my dash one day asking, “What’s more selfish? Committing suicide or forcing someone to stay in a world where they are so unhappy?”
I had a close friend, who committed suicide. He wasn’t bullied and his peers loved him. No one knew that he was hurting on the inside. He hid his pain so well. No one knows the reason why he committed this act. When I was grieving over his death, I thought it was selfish for him to take his life away from the people that love him. Then I realized that I was being selfish for wanting someone, who may not have wanted to be here, to have to stay on this Earth. My friend might be happy where he is now.
Either way, some might say that committing suicide is a selfish act. The person just has to stay strong and see the situation through. Others might say that it is selfish for forcing someone to stay in a world where they are so unhappy.
What if the person is not strong enough to see this through, or the aftermath of the situation is really too much to handle? I wonder what side some people might be on. I wonder what they would say if someone asks them the question, what’s more selfish? Committing suicide or forcing someone to stay in a world where they are so unhappy?
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Question about Racism?
I’m not crazy about racism. In fact, I tend to stay away from people who cry “wolf”, but is it rational to think the following statement is racist?
"You know who I think is a pretty BLACK girl." If it is, why? If it isn’t, why not?
In the context of a conversation about “pretty women”… the white skinned ones were never qualified, but the black skinned ones always were.
It was almost as if there are two groups - “pretty women” & “pretty black women”. I suspect this is a subtle racism, but I’m not sure.
It was during a conversation with a study group.