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Lets Talk – “A Handmade’s Tale” ; Just a show or a prediction?

So I’ve been watching the Hulu series “A Handmade’s Tale” and I must say that although it is a fictional storyline, it is eerily parallel to some of the things going on today. If you haven’t been watching I suggest you start and take note of some current events and how they seem to be in line with the show’s plot.

The show basically depicts an alternate reality in present times. The liberties that we currently have are no longer in place and a new singular law has taken over. If you’re familiar with the bible it is most definitely old testimant law. The man is the head and the woman is obedient unto him. Infertility has struck and Handmade’s are put in place to have children for those of high ranking. Most of these Handmade’s used to have respectable jobs and careers with children and families of their own. Those in control separated these families forcing the women into submission and forfeiting their old ways of life.

Imagine the life you have now. As a woman you are able to make a living, have a career, work alongside men mostly equal, free to live life as you so choose. Now imagine that in the course of a few months all of that is gone and you can try to flee to canada, die trying, or get captured and forced to become a handmade simply there to have children for other people.

In the show the transition to the escalating change was subtle, just enough to notice but not enough to be on guard of something drastic. So let’s look at real life.

Recently I stumbled on some news stating that a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, Rob Rogers, was fired from the Pittsburg Post Gazette after 19 or so of his drawings were denied inclusion in the paper. I initially saw the info on Twitter under thenib.com. The art displayed satirical content toward our current president, Donald Trump. Apparently the editorial cartoonist and the editor had political differences which ultimately led to Rogers termination.

Although the show isn’t based on a newspaper, the idea that our freedom of speech can be compromised is a big deal. As it is, the only person who seems to be allowed to say whatever they want without reprimand is Trump, regardless of the backlash. If this were Obama’s presidential term, he would have been impeached before the first vote were cast.

Aside from our first amendment being tested, I also saw a snippet of a press briefing with none other than Sarah Sanders. A reporter asked Sarah about the children being separated from their parents for deportation and if she felt any empathy in that regard and in classic form Sarah disregarded the man for being passionate on the topic and proceeded to bypass the question all together.

I’ll give Sarah some credit. She had the best poker face I’ve ever witnessed or she is truly the coldest bitch alive. Either way she’s a savage. I can’t recall ever seeing a trace of human emotion on Sarah. I think she may be cia or maybe extra terrestrial. The fact is, her cold disregard for the condition of these children and how it impacts families is a little terrifying. What’s next? Shoot, who’s next? Based on the president’s campaigns it might be safe to say that rich white people are in the clear. As for the rest of us I’d say get your affairs in order and update or get yourself a passport just in case.

Looking at how the president is buddy buddy with leaders who have made efforts to compromise our democracy and domestic safety is quite unsettling. If you are not even just a little bit nervous about what the future of the US holds, I suggest you pay closer attention to what is happening right now in our political world and in our justice system. With each new headline that outlines the treachery of the president and his delegates, the more I get the feeling that we are getting closer and closer to becoming some version of the show.

Electoral midterms are underway so I emplore each and every one of us to complete the ballet and turn it in. If there’s not much else we can do, we can vote! Let’s prevent a real life Handmade’s Tale from happening!

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Let’s Talk – Fear: The Silent Killer

The last few days I have been faced with self evaluation. I’ve discovered that I have been holding myself back due to fear. FEAR! This thing is a horrible thing and it can be passed on to others. Fear is contagious so be careful on how you allow it to affect you. Fear, the debilitating reaction we can have. Well this can prevent us from evading danger if there is too much of it and it can also keep us from reaching our potential in life.

I know that I’m not the only one to have kept themselves back. I can think of a couple times that I turned down opportunities due to fear. The fear wasn’t specific to the fear of failure, but rather, it was fear of hurting or disappointing others. This was a major fault for me to realize. It hurts when you have to come to terms with your own bad choices. Aside from the fear to go for it, fear can interfere with relationships.

Relationships can be hard to develop when you are not brave enough to open up completely to your significant other. It is important to express the things that you’re unsure of in order to reduce the chance of letting anxiety push away the ones you love. Fear can also prevent you from making the necessary moves you need to make to level up. You know that for things to go to the next level of your relationship you are going to have to make some changes. Fear can keep you trapped in your comfort zone, killing the momentum you need to prepare for the level up. Fear can also have you running away from what you’ve been praying for. That’s me! It came and I didn’t know what to do with it. I think I was in shock like, naaaaw, this is waaaay to good to be true. Thus, overreacting and potentially ruining your only chance at true love forever. If you are religious, it can also come in between you and your relationship with your almighty.

I recently came to terms with the fact that I allowed fear, in one of its forms, to keep me from continuing my relationship with mine. I allowed myself to be affected by the hypocrisy of those within the church. It made it difficult for me to believe in something that has been shown to be of multiple sources and not a single culmination. I had seen other history related stories that seem to debunk the bible as an original work. However, I also believe that the majority of religions have a common theme. To exude love as you wish to receive it. Peace within that shines throughout tends to resonate among the theologies of faith. As I started to listen to some gospel music, it slapped me in the face. It was then that I realized that I needed to be accountable and make a decision. To believe is a choice. Whomever you choose, you were given the right to choose them. Mine made it clear that it would not be forced upon us. It is us that has to decide if we will believe in that walk or not.

What an amazing discovery. Now I have to decide whether or not I am going to commit to that walk. I know that my answer is yes, but I am concerned that my ability to ignore the opinions of others will be my hindrance. Again, fear poking out its lovely head to remind me that it hasn’t gone anywhere.

**Fear, oh fear how you annoy me so. You take over my bodily functions making me scared froze. I thought that I had conquered you way back when. Yet, here you are giving me grief again. Holding me back from the things I want. Lying to me saying, “you’ll never make it to the top”. It’s okay because my peace within keeps me clear. Even if I become scared I have an almighty friend near. So fear, you can leave me alone. For you make me aware, but you don’t make me strong.**