In a way it’s sort of galling to get a lesson in personal and civic responsibility from a nearly 3,000-year old vampire.
But when Russell Edgington — the heartbroken, blood-crazed vampire king of Mississippi — took to the airwaves on last night’s episode of True Blood to berate humans for thinking they are equal with vampires and deconstruct arguments that humans and vampires are alike, that’s exactly what happened.
And I quote:
I suppose, in a few small ways, we are. We’re narcissists. We care only about getting what we want no matter the cost … just like you.
Global warming, perpetual war, toxic waste, child labor, torture, genocide … that’s a small price to pay for your SUVs, and your flat screen TVs. Your designer jeans; Your absurd, garish McMansions! … futile symbols of permanence to quell your quivering spineless souls …
Ok, so let’s forget for a second this admonition was delivered by a being
that eats humans for dinner.
Let’s ignore the fact his diatribe was delivered while
holding a bloody portion of a human’s spine.
Let’s also skip over the really ewwww-y fact that the King spent much of last night’s episode crying over a ridiculously ornate punch bowl filled with the splattered remains of his dead mate.
The man (er … vampire) has a point …
Continue reading Bloody Shame
I thought it was an easy question ….
And after ummmmm….like …(I’m 29 … I tell ya, 29!) … 30 plus some odd years on this earth you would think that I’d know better.
Every day for going on 15 years I have spent hours focused on a constantly (r)evolving variety of human and environmental rights issues as part of my “day job.” This tends to put me in regular contact with academics, government officials, activists, specialists and others equally (and often more) focused on the issue at hand.
Most often the issues I am writing about are near and dear to my heart on a personal level as well (hence, my propensity to suddenly ejaculate massive amounts of passionate information on subjects that have little to do with the actual conversation I am having at the time). Many of my live and virtual friends find this endlessly interesting and a bit odd. As a result, I tend to attract a lot of questions and requests for explanation on issues.
That started me thinking (yes, yes, I know … that’s always a dangerous undertaking):
What does the average person know about human and environmental rights? What are the issues they think about? And then, finally, what are the issues that your average person passionately believes everyone else should also be aware of?
Continue reading Tweeps exercise their rights! (and I learn a lesson)