I struggled to come up with a bio post for this week as I have spent most of my attention lately on trying to figure out how we got here and where we are going. But then that thought merged with my personal story to bring about this post of being a minority. I do believe that one of the most significant reasons why Mr. Trump was elected was the Democrats fixation on minorities and the Republicans fear of them. These two conditions drove many to vote for Mr. Trump. But aren’t we all minorities in some regard or another? When I look at my life I find that I am a minority in many different areas:
I am a Progressive living in Indiana — That and my college education makes me a minority in my home State.
I am just not a macho guy — I hate the very idea of macho. To me it is about putting down others and strutting around saying how great I am. Having an extreme narcissist as a mother, I went in the opposite direction. I seem to be a distinct minority in this regard.
I just don’t like sports — I have never been much of a sports guy either in participation or as a spectator. I have not watched a sporting event in over two decades. I am a definite minority in this respect.
I am Pro-life — That doesn’t sound like a minority until I add “in all regards”. That is I am against abortion, the death penalty, war, and guns. Yeah that makes me a minority.
I am deaf — I became deaf about thirty years ago and was pretty hearing impaired decades before that. I know that all of us who are deaf make up less than 1% of the population so that makes me a serious minority.
I am short — I am now 5′ 6″ in height and that definitely puts me well below the national average. I was once 4 inches taller, that is before osteoporosis and compression fractures in my back took over my life.
I am a free thinker — Questioning everything makes me a free thinker. It just seems that most today are too lazy to actually study a topic to determine whether they should be for or against it. They just latch on to whatever their “gut feelings” might be on any particular topic or just jump on to what others tell them to think. Being a free thinker makes me a minority.
I am an Aspie — I have had Asperger’s Syndrome all my life but just recently discovered it. Even though the data for adults is pretty weak it seems that less then 1% of us have this condition. It made growing up more difficult but I have learned to actually take advantage of this condition in some ways.
So here I am a minority in eight different areas of life. I know that the majority of those who recently voted for Mr. Trump have a serious fear of minorities but take it from a guy who is a one percent of the one percent minority, you have nothing to fear from me… or almost anyone else for that matter. You just need to start looking at people with love instead of fear….