osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,
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I Wish I Could Make My Own Commercial

So here is a link to both the Dodge Caravan "Man's Last Stand" ad and the "Woman's Last Stand" response. It makes me wish I could do my own ad. It would go something like this:

I wish I could live in a world where people respect each other's feelings and basic humanity, a world where being asked to accommodate other people's needs and make modest changes in lifestyle was not considered emasculating, but a world where the occasional flash of resentment or angst about changing social roles did not prompt contempt, anger, defensiveness, and a need to recount all wrongs as if nothing had changed in the world in the last 40 years. A world where people recognize that data are often complex and ambiguous, and that simplistic reactions based on perceived loss of privilege or continuing injustices should be suspect. I want a world where we do not feel compelled to demonize those who disagree with us, even when these disagreements go to fundamental differences. I wish outrage were reserved for things that genuinely deserve outrage -- such as rape, human trafficking, brutality and oppression -- rather than being the constant emotion urged upon us by our mass media. I wish I could live in a world where facts matter, where people recognize the limits of their knowledge, and actively consider opposing points of view even when they offend us viscerally because they realize that it is important to understand others not just focus on themselves. I want a world where people feel free to change their minds as they learn more about things. I wish it were a world in which people would recall what brings us together more often than what drives us apart, and where we could openly and honestly discuss our problems and differences and work toward real solutions without feeling threatened, attacked, resentful or bitter.
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