It’s My Way or the Highway

img275It’s my way or the highway…

Has anyone ever said that to you? Either literally or in spirit.

It was the probably the biggest rule my parents lived by. Needless to say it wasn’t long before I chose the highway. Them rigidly imposing their will, beliefs, and rules on me didn’t give me much room to figure out who I needed to be.

I used to think it was just them. That every one else was content to raise their kids to live and let live and also live by the same rule. I don’t think that so much anymore.

It’s no secret that the majority of people use social media to spout any idea that pops into their minds, including, but certainly not limited to, it’s my way or the highway.

The latest topic of choice is gun control. There are so many ideas floating around, from everyone should be armed 24/7 to every gun should be destroyed. I’m sure there are a few who are for some kind of middle ground, but for the most part it’s all ‘my way or the highway’ all the time.

So why do we feel the need to impose our will on everyone who is just trying to live their lives, not hurting anyone? Why are we teaching a whole new generation that it’s okay to shout and scream and say derogatory things to people whose way of life they don’t understand?

Someone on Facebook was giving a woman a hard time because she pointed out that hunting for food was still very much a thing for families in Minnesota. That means that those people own guns. Probably a lot of them. This man decided that hunting for food was just an excuse to kill defenseless animals and there was no excuse or need because we have ‘Walmarts and food stamps for people who are too poor’ to afford regular grocery stores.

I’m going to let that sink in for a minute…

This man also said that he had lived in Los Angeles, New York City, Germany, and a bunch of other places and he never knew anyone who needed a gun or to hunt for their food. As he pointed out, ‘this is 2018, not the Wild West’…

But to presume what life is like for people who live in Minnesota or other states where going for a quick run to Walmart is at least an hour each way is ignorant and short-sighted and just adds fuel to the fire. Not to mention perpetuates the ‘it’s my way or the highway’ mentality.

There are larger issues in play here people than our kids having easy access to weapons. Namely that they have come to believe the only way to solve their problems is to impose their will on everyone around them. We seem to be teaching them by example that if someone doesn’t behave like we want them to we resort to extreme force to get them in line. We teach them to scream, confront, march to be heard.

It’s ‘my way or the highway’…

But see it’s not. We scream tolerance, understanding, rights but if someone’s life doesn’t fit into our neat little box then we degrade, poke fun, all in the name of making this a better world. But who says our idea of a better world is right for anyone else? Who says that we have any right to tell someone how to live their lives as long they’re not hurting anyone else?

You see that’s what’s very beautiful about this world, there are tons of highways and none of us have to follow any we don’t want.

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