Olympics 2022

Boycotting the location of the Olympics because it is in China is a tough call, especially when there’s a good enough cause to boycott the location if human rights are being violated due to China’s dictatorship.  Perhaps there is a fear that if the location isn’t boycotted, a particular country may look like they support a or that they must not oppose China’s human rights violations due to its dictatorship.  However, I am not sure that every Chinese citizen is for having a dictatorship or is violating human rights and may not have the option of leaving China.  And why should they be penalized for having to live in a country because of something that’s hard to change? 

This particular article says issues like this shouldn’t be left up to athletes to take on issues that should be left up to governments to handle meaning such political issues like this isn’t a place in the Olympics, that there are other ways/options to handle this paricular concern  (I suppose if an athlete wants to boycott on a personal level, that’s one thing…)  The article also states politics like this don’t belong in such an event and that these athletes work very hard to get to the Olympics.  

A rhetorical question I ask is this:  Is boycotting the Olympics being in China going to fix a problem that’s be around for a long time?  Or not?  Will it change anything?  Even a little? Will it cause us to be a little more aware of what’s going on in China if we were to boycott having the Olympics there?  Or will it cause more issues with China if the world boycotted the Olympics and the location was changed?  What was the end result to past boycotts on the location of previous Olympics? (OK. that’s more than one rehetorical question).

But I thought the point Olympics was to bring everyone together?   I do realize in the Olympics it’s a competition in various sports. But it’s not a place or a time to add conflict to an already potential hazardous situation.

U.S., Canadian and British Olympic Committees Don’t Support 2022 Beijing Boycott (msn.com)

Personal Brand

I’m the type of person who typically stays behind the scenes, who has a tendency to listen and observe.  I like to be recognized for my goals and accomplishements, yes, but I’ve learned not to be “in your face”  about them because things can quickly change and I’ve been knocked back into place for “bragging”.   I do get passionate about causes and once in awhile I will get vocal about my views or passions online or offline.   As I’ve gotten older, I have gotten slightly more conservative in my views, but I float around the center, somewhat being liberal and consevative. I’m pro-life.  Regardless how I feel about gay marriage, I don’t have issues with 2 people of the same sex getting married, while I do respect the Catholic Churches teachings.

I see myself as having a sense of humour, but my sense of humour may not be of everyone’s taste.  I try to keep it lighthearted and tasteful.  I tend to keep most of my personal life off of the web or Facebook unless it’s professional.  I’m a photographer, so I want people to see most of my photographs.  I will post random thoughts and pictures of my personal life on Facebook and my Facebook privacy settings are adjusted accordingly.  Not everyone needs to be found on Facebook and not everything belongs on Facebook.  I don’t want what I’ve posted on Facebook to be used against me in a professional setting regardless of if I feel my humour is tasteful or not.  Not everyone holds my values and beliefs.  If someone wants to know about my personal life (if it’s worth sharing) aside from some family photos I post, if they are an important part of my life like a friend or a family, they can always call me to see how I’m doing or meet me for coffee.  Not every thought, opinion, argument has to be voiced on social media.  I don’t need to always need to check in on Facebook everytime I go somewhere, take pictures of what I am eating,  always voice an opinion of a politician, or whine about some grievance.

Social distance

I don’t like the words ‘social distance’ . To be exact covid-19 has caused us to physically distance ourselves from one another, in turn causing us to cease social functions. Due to physical distancing, my 2 major social outlets (church, library, and their related activities) have stopped until further notice. Because of the cessation of these activities due to physical distancing, my social activities are distant. Despite this, I can still be social with others at a distance. I can chat with neighbors at six feet apart, small talk with my pharmacist while waiting on my meds, smile at the cashier who takes my order in the drive-thru or who rings me out when I pay for my groceries. The postman acknowledges me from a distance to let me know my package is by the mailbox while I’m out front dealing with my car.

I still need to check on my grandma. My nieces and my nephew come over to help my father with yard work. I still was able to visit Daffodil Hill at Lake View Cemetery to take pictures, maintaining my physical distance from other people.