Despite all my reservations, I’ve been doing this for years
Hoping that some magic touch would finally make it clear
But when it all comes crashing down, I’m still standing here
Looking at the same face, in the same place, just a different kind of mirror
Noah Gundersen – Robin Williams
April 20, 1999. March 21, 2005. April 16, 2007. December 14, 2012. October 1, 2015. February 14, 2018. May 18, 2018.
Anyone in the States knows those dates, or they should. Hell even most outside of the US probably knows them to varying degrees. They are just a few of the numerous school shootings in the past twenty years. The first on that list being Columbine (April 20, 1999). It came right before I was going to start high school so you can imagine the impact it had on everyone in my class. You went into a brand new larger scale school that next fall not knowing 3/4s of the people. The thought of what had happened months earlier still lingered and you couldn’t help but wonder where it would be next.
I look back on those years and while they were good, I wish my generation would have been as active as the current one is when it comes to these kinds of things. What got me onto this was watching Season 3 of 13 Reasons Why. I won’t go super in-depth or spoil anything for those who haven’t seen any of it but it revolves around a group of high schoolers who are dealing with situations that most, if not all of us, have dealt with in some way. Bullying, suicide, gun violence, violence in general, amongst other things. I haven’t had a lot of things I’ve wanted to write lately but it’s a subject I’ve talked about regularly with family and friends.
After I finished the third season it reminded me that maybe writing about that would be a good exercise. Not only because it’s a real issue, but I believe in the change that people are pushing to make -now-. We should have done it, maybe it would have made a difference in some of those dates, maybe not. Wishful thinking? Possibly. I guess looking at other parts of the world and seeing the lack of this specific issue makes me believe it could have been different. Some will disagree and that’s fine.
It is very disappointing that this is the kind of thing parents, friends, families, communities, but most of all our kids have to deal with. I believe everyone thinks about it on some level, even they are opposed to changes that are proposed. I may disagree strongly with their decisions and quite truthfully despise the lack of movement some show. But I do not believe they just do not care about the people who end up being harmed every time something happens. Fear of losing their right, even if, in my opinion they read it differently than it was intended, pushes them to fight changes.
I can say that I obviously believe we need more control when it comes to school shootings and guns in general. A lot of people go to the extreme and assume that means take them all away. I don’t want that. There are different types and things out there that make others more destructive and those are the things that need some reigning in. I -want- you to have your guns, it is by any measure your right in the US to have them, but isn’t also our children’s right to be able to go to school and not worry that they’ll get shot in the place they should feel safe?
I’ve said before in a couple of posts, but in the interest of transparency, it’s something I think about often. I myself have a now 14 year old who this year will be starting high school. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think that something could happen for as long as he’s been going to school. That’s a very sad reality. So pretty much 11 years of that possibility being out there. Now it’s not something you sit and drone on about to your child because that just makes them more fearful of going. I don’t want him to be afraid of school, especially for that reason.
Maybe someday that will change, hopefully soon because I think the world as a whole has lost enough to senseless violence. I know, I know, mental illness right? Sure I hear you about that. I do. I know plenty of people who deal some type of mental illness on the regular and guess what, they’re not out shooting up places. So sure in some cases that can be a cause and it’s impossible to stop everything, but does that mean we shouldn’t try? I’d love to hear someone really try to argue that factually.
Now I know that 13 Reasons Why has gotten is fair share of flack for it’s portrayal of certain things. Especially the first season, which has gotten tweaked since then. While I don’t think it was too far I can understand where giving teens who are dealing with personal demons a video portrayal probably wasn’t the best move. At the same time the show does push narratives of things that kids nowadays, and honestly probably when I was in school and before that even, deal with on a day to day basis. Granted the odds of all of these things happening in one school and community are less than likely, though it does bring attention to issues that are very real. Someday maybe we’ll all do better. I’d hope.
On the subject of the music and the Second Life material involved, I’ll keep it shorter since you’ve suffered long enough to make it this far in the post. For starters, this album from Noah Gundersen is the superior Lover release from Aug 23. Sorry Taylor, I love ya, but this one won for me. If you’ve never heard of Noah before I urge you to check his YouTube page, he has a lot of great stuff there. On the SL side of things I haven’t had a ton of new guy stuff that has appealed to me lately, but these jeans from not so bad. that are at the upcoming round of TMD definitely are a win. I love the detail and texture work put into them. Absolutely fantastic work on them, check them out September 5. Props to my fembot alt for standing in and holding a gun outside the window, it pulled the idea together without being too extreme. Until next time folks.
But when I think of Robin Williams at the end of his rope
It makes no difference what you’re making, the reaper makes the final joke
Noah Gundersen – Robin Williams
Pose: Pose. /WRONG/ W53-2 ~ SatanLoveM Resident
Head: CATWA HEAD Victor [SL Neck] v3.2 ~ Catwa Clip
Head Applier: Clef de Peau.Janis T3 [CATWA] ~ Marcopol Oh
Hair: Stealthic – Baron (Brown) ~ Stealthic Resident
Hairbase: Stealthic – Male Hairbase ~ Stealthic Resident
Brows: Clef de Peau.Eyebrows v.32 Brown Omega [CATWA] Applier ~ Marcopol Oh
Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Pyramid Ears ~ Luciayes Magic
Body: [LEGACY] Meshbody (m) (1.1) ~ MeshBody Resident
Body Applier: Clef de Peau.Body Tight T3 [Legacy] ~ Marcopol Oh
Jacket: <Kalback> Letterman Jacket M5_Blue (Gianni) ~ Patrix Beck
Pants: not so bad . DORIAN denim pants . fitted LEGACY . bluewash ~ Reda Bertolucci ~ NEW @ The Mens Dept (Sept 5-Sept 30)
Shoes: [VALE KOER] VERYGOOD SNEAKERS SIGNATURE M ~ Bob Resident
Tape Player: Soy. TAPEMAN II Sports [Red] ~ GACHA ~ Soyoy Resident
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