I’ve always been curious about how weird things can stimulate a feeling of nostalgia. You can’t deny that feeling nostalgic is a great feeling. It allows us to look back at the good things that have made our lives and for a moment we can ignore anything that is bad in the present. For example, certain smells like swimming pools and fresh flowers make me think of great hazy summers when I was a child. I remember a large rock formation just over the large hill where I grew up that provided us with hours of happiness because it was like our own giant obstacle course. It was basically a pile of rubble but nostalgia has clouded my memories to see that big pile of rocks as the greatest playground for a young growing boy. That’s how I remember it because that’s what makes me happy. I had a great childhood in the Yorkshire countryside, quite stereotypical for a working class upbringing like mine. I was allowed the freedom to play in nature around my house and create lasting memories by building dens and playing games, it was great.
I like to remember the happy times like those because it’s a good way to provide self help in times where you might be feeling down. Memories are more important than any of us really do realise. I mean, if we clog up our thoughts with bad memories, like Roald Dahl says, the thoughts will start to show. That’s why many people tend to looked stressed, they have lots of bad memories and neglect the good memories that are in jail in the back of their minds. So here are three ways you could create happy days in the present too.
Do you ever look at social media nowadays and think how low some people can strike at those who can’t help the way they are? It’s strange how much these people seem to over think everything when it comes to LGBT and minority issues.
You would think that they would want to think less about those things if it was such an issue. Social media can be great for making a name for yourself and creating relationships with people in places in the world you can only visit in your wildest dreams. It’s wonderful and there are millions and millions of oddly great human beings that populate the internet, but we don’t pay attention to them.
We give the attention, wrongly, to the ones who are controversial, who say things we disagree with. It creates debate and widens the conversation.
They create an issue out of the littlest of things like the inclusion of a lesbian couple on a game show or a gay kiss. It’s stupid how much they care, how much they need to desperately make it a crusade every time they see something that they don’t agree with for some odd bizarre reason (excuse) like their religious beliefs or generational differences.
It’s not because your old, views change, society changes, we all can better ourselves regardless of anything that society has influences.
It isn’t an issue though, to these hermit groups of people, because they can’t grasp that love will always just be love and that’s all. They overthink and it leads to misinformed thoughts, stereotypes and ways of looking at how LGBTQ people have relationships.
They have mood boards of AIDS and promiscuity and sleeping around I wrote an article a few months back on the subject of an over-sexualisation of LBGTQ people which you can read here- the-over-sexualisation-of-gay.html
I think it’s important to note that we should never stereotype LGBT people in this way because we are all the same. I mean yes, some people have a certain problem with being over eager to hook up, but that can actually be a genuine addiction, but that’s another subject all together and is definitely not the majority of ordinary folk.
That’s just it though, some people don’t necessarily have issue with it, it’s more about being able to express a different viewpoint. We should always respect the fact that people have different viewpoints. It is how we will move forward in our society. There must always be a cut off point though. It’s disgusting how far some people will go in order to get a reaction. I’ve seen some terrible things online, and I think unless something drastic is done, it will only get worse. Hate needs to be regulated.
Reactions are nothing really, a reaction is a temporary thing, and temporary things will be worthless ultimately. All the time these people spend online spreading their prejudice and hate and disguising themselves behind blank profiles and names like ‘trolls’ they make a habit of being terrible people. Why would you want to spend even a second of your life doing that?
Few things nowadays make me genuinely sad. I mean, i’ve kind of learnt to just get over things that won’t affect my life seriously. There is never much point dwelling on things or taking them personally when it’s something that is not really worth the time or energy.
Then it happened. I logged on my computer and, like everyday, checked to see the big news of the day. I like to keep up to date at all times like that because i’m a media savvy person, sort of. This was news that I could not let pass though.
This was not a small discrepancy or slight inconvenience. No, NETFLIX CANCELS SENSE8. The words struck me like a dagger. I immediately began to tear up and a rage, one like I had never experienced filled me.
I knew that the petitions would come, the trends would be hash tagged and I knew that eventually an statement full of choice words and careful ways of writing things would be used by Netflix as a way of basically saying ‘SHUT UP AND ACCEPT IT, LOSERS’ .
It’s not just another series though is it? Sense8 is something special. Not only is it really, remarkably impressive visually and through its writing and acting, it’s simply marvellous. It’s marvellous because it makes you a better person having watched it.
It normalises what should be normal and doesn’t trivialise what really, in the modern age, need not be trivialised. It’s basically telling the world that LGBT people and other beliefs and religions, ways of living, poor or rich and intelligent or not, are all the same. We are all one in a system. The sensate might be eight people connected but there is so much more to it.
They are a metaphor for us all being the same and connected somehow. So when we commit an atrocity, violence and actions through stupid immoral angers, we are hurting a part of us all. Can you name me another television series that achieves this? I can’t think of one.
There came the joyous message of hope through Netflix commissioning a two hour finale so that the story can be properly finished. For me, as someone who is never happy it seems, this is not enough. The thing is, we might have to forever except this as enough.
It’s the cost that’s the problem it seems. If a series doesn’t have enough audience when it costs so much, what is the point, in the eyes of a money making media company, in making the expensive series. Thats why for now, even though you may be like me and wanting more of SENSE8, maybe it’s time to just wait for what is to come with the two hour finale.
Let’s battle for more after that, when we see what the amazing sisters do with the series for the commissioned two hours. I think it’s going to be a master class into why SENSE8 will forever be a part of everyone who had the opportunity to watch it and be a better person because of watching it.
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