These past two weeks, the breakdown of what my friends and I have been texting about would be 15% Jonathan’s new job at a boba shop, 5% Tiktoks, 20% miscellaneous, and 60% the news. We’ve been talking a lot about the police, the protests, and racism. It’s as if around one or two o’clock most days, everybody gets in the mood for debates. The thing I appreciate most about these discussions is that nobody has the same views. On one hand, it would be nice if we just agreed on more things, but on the other hand, I guess it makes me a better person. It forces me to defend and research my opinions because my beliefs likely will not be taken for granted by everybody else in the groupchat. It also makes me look at issues from perspectives I’d never considered. It almost always results in me either changing my mind or learning something new.
I’ve been reading and listening to podcasts and videos, but mostly I’ve been talking to the people near me—and by talking, I mean fiercely disagreeing. I’m surrounded by people who I feel perfectly comfortable arguing with and who feel even more comfortable arguing with me. And that kind of feels like a luxury right now.
So I don’t know how you’ve been feeling about the news, but I hope that no matter what you’re feeling, there’s someone you can talk to about it—someone who you can disagree with, someone who will disagree with you, and someone who will ask you to leave a fake, positive boba review for their employer after the conversation is over.