After the tragedy in Arizona on Saturday, I’ve become entirely disgusted by my country. I mean, I already was fairly disgusted. How could you not be? The level of political rhetoric flying around the past few years has been unprecedented. People showing up to town hall debates with semi-automatic rifles strapped to their backs? Sarah Palin’s crosshairs map? This country has got serious issues. What happened in Arizona is an outright tragedy, a hideous event from a deranged mind. But it’s not only Jared Loughner’s lunacy that is to blame here. To deny that the extremely heated political discourse had any influence upon Loughner’s actions would be a mistake, and a great disservice to America. America needs to begin rejecting the growing culture of extremism, and strive to return to a state of moderatism, else tragedies like this will only continue. It is in America’s best interest to reject extremism.
when someone makes one facet of their life their identity. I mean, it’s cool that you love something that much, but it’s also pretty lame that you let that become who you are. I play guitar, but I’m not a guitarist. I write things, but I’m not a writer. I am Thomas, I am a person. All these things are just activities, facets of your identity. They aren’t who you are. If you let them be your entire identity, you will be a boring, one-dimensional person. Live a little.