This is Philip Wyeth. It’s been quite an action-packed month for me since my last video. But before I dive into all that, just look at the craftsmanship in this brickwork here. I passed by this building a couple times while it was being constructed and just couldn’t help but admire the craftsmanship, the quality, the attention to detail. So I stopped by last weekend just to take a closer look. Unfortunately the guy who did the work wasn’t actually there. I guess he was done by the time I passed by. But just incredible. And people talk about wanting to change the world. Well, look at this! This guy has changed the face of this neighborhood forever just by his craftsmanship.
So anyway, over the past month, when my last couple videos came out where… you know, I had a sort of snarky attitude, if you will, or falling into a certain corner of the ideological battles we’re in right now. And just a lot has happened since then, and I wanted to, if not pull back, then just to refocus a little bit.
So there were some highs. Saw my family back on the East Coast, great to see the kids and see them growing up, see my parents… It was a great time. Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, which was very unexpected for us long-suffering Capitals fans.
But there were also some more somber moments this past month as well. An in-law of mine had had a relative who was murdered a few months ago, and I attended the memorial service here in California. And it was just very intense. The man was a bit of a loner and sort of found meaning in life through his generosity, and the people who killed him took advantage of that. The memorial service was very touching, and at the grave site, because he was a military veteran, they had an honor guard which presented the flag and played “Taps.” It was just… It was incredible. And regardless of how you feel about our military misadventures in these past several decades, to see a man who had served his country being honored and remembered after dying so horribly, it was profound.
I found out also that somebody I knew when I lived in Oregon, Portland, Oregon, was killed about a week ago. Very unfortunate situation. I’m not going to get into the details for a number of reasons. I want to respect his family. Seems like a situation where everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong in about a thirty-second period of time. And now his family is left to pick up the pieces.
And it’s just giving me some pause, you know, because he was mixed-race and obviously my books touch on race, and some of my videos do. And one thing I thought recently was the fact that the Left, the way it’s been going recently, is turning nerdy, goofy, gamer white guys who would be more than happy to watch reruns of Mystery Science Theater 3000, turning them into racially conscious, almost White Nationalists. This is how polarized this country has become, and maybe some of my own content has leaned toward that in some ways.
And thinking back on my time in Oregon, who my friends were, including the man who is now dead… Maybe the best way to say this is that, we’ve all been so polarized, particularly since the 2016 election… Which I understand. Everybody’s sort of voluntarily or involuntarily moved toward their corner. And it’s also been amplified, the certain aspects of your personality, Left or Right, have been amplified. We’ve almost been forced into it, so now it’s like, we’re almost worried about a civil war. And a part of us, we’re all itching for it in a way.
Maybe we all need to step back right now before we start making really bad decisions for ourselves and for our country. You know, to think about whether you’re in the right, whether you’re a Good Samaritan, whether you’re trying to help people out. That doesn’t guarantee you that you escape that situation safely. We’re just entering a dangerous time in this country. I mean, there was that scuffle in Portland last Saturday involving people on the Right and the Left that got very violent. We’ve got this election coming up, we have Republicans or conservatives being harassed in restaurants. I’m not going to get into those individual stories this time. I just see the broader theme right now, and we’ve got to be concerned.
Even Democrats who are doing this whole hashtag walk-away thing are finding themselves being harassed and ostracized. Which maybe is a good wake-up call. The fact that Democrats, liberals, progressives, whatever you want to call them… They’ve had license to just mouth off however they feel in the presence of conservatives, and conservatives have been expected to take it, especially for the last ten years.
As the election approaches this November, where so much appears to be on the line for both Left and Right, maybe we need to not even try to build bridges to each other, but just extricate yourself from the whole narrative. How much of what you read everyday online, or Twitter, wherever you get your news sources, how much of that is just brainwashing? How much of that is talking points feeding into the narrative in your mind? How much of your entire world construct is, if not a lie or a fabrication, it’s created in a certain way so that you live a certain way?
I guess what I’m saying is, many of us probably got swept up into the politics over the past couple years more than we’d ever been in the past five, ten, fifteen years. What were we doing during those years we weren’t paying attention to that stuff except on the periphery, but now they’ve sucked us in and we’re their customer? News websites, Twitter feeds, Facebook fights… Maybe the best thing to do is to recapture what we were interested in ourselves back in 2011, 2007, and not feed into this frenzy which could turn into all-out chaos in November.
Thanks for listening. Please be sure to support me by checking out my books, Reparations USA and Reparations Mind. I’ll talk to you soon.
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Video was originally uploaded on July 8, 2018.