UU Mom (uu_mom) wrote,
UU Mom

Conundrums with Priorities #middleclass #problems

Being a busy business owner now, who still is a social activist and teacher at heart, I'm finding it difficult to prioritize things outside of business. I can't be all work and no play or all work and no learning about things outside of business that I'm interested in. There are so many things I'd like to do, but I don't have time to read all my personal email these days or keep up with the social justice issues.

I find myself engaging in a practice that many people do, while others judge it critically, I mix my entertainment with my news. I watch political comedy where I get a great deal of my news: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I don't watch Stephen Colbert any more because his program has too much entertainment and too little substance, which I just don't have time for.
"Paul Ryan says he'll only serve as Speaker of the House if he can spend more time with his family. Working women of the world were like, 'Finally someone gets paid family leave. It just won't be us.'"

Laughter is good for the health - both physical and mental. We need it these days. The real news can be quite depressing, such as this story, which I know is true because I'm living it and seeing it in almost everyone around me: Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year

People around me seem to be working harder than ever; some working two jobs to get by or going back to school to get a degree to get a better job. The latter is a difficult choice since it usually puts a person in big debt which can be risky to know if youll be able to pay it off later. Though people are also supporting each other as it is necessary to have at least two incomes in a household and sometimes more.

Of course, even these are "first world problems" as there are definitely worst problems in other countries and there are the truly poor in this country. I have always tried to help those who are less fortunate than myself, but the resources are slim. Today I find my focus is to help keep the people I have employed working and keep my business stable so that's possible.

Still, I do think the Black Lives Matter movement for antiracism is important. I am doing what I can with meager funds and time. It is directly related to my interests above as Larry Wilmore and Trevor Noah are African American and people are hatefully criticizing their shows for being too racial (like this one that rates Wilmore 1 out of 10 and he's "great, but...seems to only focus on the black struggle"). People are so ignorant. White supremacy is a problem all over the world and white people need to get over themselves, which as a white person, I know is hard & that's why it's so important to work on it and see other people's perspectives.
Tags: antiracism, black lives matter, comedy, middle class, news
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