This year my New Year’s Resolution is to befriend everyone I dislike. I’m almost hesitant to call it a New Year’s Resolution, because New Year’s Resolution’s are typically not kept and I intend to keep this one.
When Saddam Hussein was captured, and presumably about to be killled, I was in third grade. I was nine years old and not quite old enough to distinguish what my teachers and other adults said from absolute truth. So, when told by my teachers and other adults that Saddam’s capture/death was a great cause for celebration, I, like all the other children in my third grade class, went overboard with celebration. I knew nothing about the man, only that according to everyone around me, he was the devil incarnate and deserved to rot in hell. So I joined in singing songs about the death of Saddam and joined in celebration, all the while smiled at and encouraged by well meaning American adults. Now that I am older, I have paused to think about what this all means. Why is our culture so messed up that we teach third graders to celebrate and sing when someone DIES (no matter how much harm that person has done)? Why do we teach our children that certain people are not really people, and that we have the right to treat them as such? I am not excusing Hussein’s actions; certainly they were atrocious. I only wish that our culture would stop treating people as sub-human, no matter who they are, and stop telling our children that certain lives are worth less than others.
Yesterday was “Wear Pants to Church Day” in support of the Mormon feminist movement. I wish I had known about this before today, so I could have attended the Church yesterday. I’m proud of all the LDS women who wore pants yesterday, and I sympathize with those who wanted to but felt too bound by social constructions. I hope that the day will open up much needed dialogue in the Church about gender roles, and I look forward to the day when LDS women can wear pants to church without causing controversy, pray to their Heavenly Mother, and marry their girlfriends in the Temple. I believe this day is approaching quickly, and I’m excited to watch it unfold.