When Congress is out of session, my life seemingly stands at a prolonged standstill.
I find myself talking to old friends who are not in the Political Science Department and wondering where the past year has gone. Previously, I kept track of the months through pieces of legislation. I long for heated debates about relatively nothing and then surprise my roommates by letting my aggression act out because someone moved my strawberry yogurt.
Needless to say, August is a terrible month for me. But luckily, to my not-so surprise, my second favorite person in the world, Glenn Beck, decided to have a rally on Aug. 28, which is the anniversary of the famous â€œI Have A Dreamâ€ speech by the late Martin Luther King Jr.
Instead of racial equality, Beckâ€™s rally sought to unite the nation to â€œrestore honorâ€ that has disappeared. However, in this case, â€œhonorâ€ means religion.
While I do not agree with religious zealots of any kind. Be they Christians, Muslims or those crazy Hindus, it pains my bleeding liberal heart to respect Beckâ€™s gathering as something potentially worthwhile.
In todayâ€™s world, it is seen as affectionate to be rude to someone. Itâ€™s become acceptable and even the norm for a girl to call her girlfriends â€œwhoresâ€ or â€œsluts.â€ We are now allowed to call our friends ethnic and sexist slurs to show that we care for them. I myself have told people that Iâ€™m the rudest to the ones I love the most, which is a horrible quality for anyone to have.
In a world far apart from our everyday lives, politicians too are acting with little honor. Our representatives and senators treat each other with much less respect than warranted. Both Democrats and Republicans unfairly attack the opposite side for prohibiting real progress to be made and refuse to take any blame for things that they have done. They make rude statements toward one another and do not respect the positions each other hold.
But sometimes, itâ€™s not only the words we use that create this tension.
In class today, when you are reading this column, look around you and see how many people are texting,or checking Facebook on their cell phones. If Iâ€™m in one of your classes, chances are Iâ€™m probably one of them, and I give you full permission to slap me in the head. Not really, but you get my point.
We have become a society that would rather insult those we love and connect with people via a screen, instead of in front of our faces. We have become a world of cyber dating, cyber bulling and cyber friends. We spend all day on social networks, and when itâ€™s time to go to bed, we fall asleep, phone in hand, a received text message blinking in the night.
When we do interact in person, we treat our peers as though they are less than we are. We smile to their faces and talk behind their backs. We call our friends, â€œHey bitch, get over here,â€ like they are the dog to our human. We donâ€™t listen to what they say, and would rather wait for them to stop talking so we can tell a more interesting story.
While Glenn Beckâ€™s rally focused on restoring religious honor, I believe that the honor we need to restore in this country is the honor that we have for our fellow human beings.
I would like to challenge all CSU students to take the time this week and actively pay attention to how often you degrade someone you care about or how many conversations youâ€™ve missed because you were texting or thinking about yourself.
I guarantee you will be surprised at how much more you can get out of life when you really pay attention to and respect the people around you.
And seriously. Please donâ€™t slap me.
Sarah Millard is a senior political science major. Her column appears Thursdays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.