Why Do I Even Bother?

12 Jul

My 11 year old son is an idealist. He always has been. The idea of racism or sexism or any kind of injustice in the world is something he finds disgusting and unfathomable. I really think he should go to law school and he has told me if his major league baseball career doesn’t pan out he might do just that.

I don’t even know what we were talking about yesterday but he ended up giving me a speech about equal rights for all and he said that he finds the term ‘women and children first’ sexist because, and I quote ‘It shouldn’t matter if it’s a white woman or a black man, everybody is equal and when you put one before the other it’s just fucked up.’  I subscribe for the most part to the George Carlin philosophy regarding language use, but I did say ‘language’ after he was finished. My 7 year old then said ‘you have to admit, that was a damn good speech.’

These two delight and frighten me equally.

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