International Thoughts & Prayers Day

Happy Thoughts and Prayers Day!

We’re off to a blistering start for 2021. Today is the first day of April, and we’ve already accomplished so much this year it puts 2020 to shame. We’re making up for lost time, and I for one couldn’t be happier. After years of criticism, I think we should take the holiday to appreciate all that thoughts and prayers have done for us so far this year.

We’ve saved all of our small businesses affected by the pandemic with PPP loans. We’ve weeded out all of our questionable politicians and replaced them with upstanding citizens. We’ve finally got a handle on rising crime across the country and are supporting all people of color. The use of racial slurs is at an all-time low to the point where we might even retire that phrase. The average person was given the leg up in the stock market and was able to build generational wealth, and Deshaun Watson staked his claim as one of the most genuine athletes of all time. Give him a hand.

We really need to use today’s holiday to cherish all that our collective thoughts and prayers have accomplished. In the music industry, women and gay men are thriving instead of receiving the usual backlash. Our president is more lucid and coherent than ever before. And I’m genuinely excited for what the rest of 2021 has in store as states begin to safely open up.

Keep those thoughts and prayers coming!

In all seriousness, we’ve been dealing with all of the same issues in 2021 as we were in 2020. The rollout of vaccines has been a convoluted mess at best, and we’re placing a lot of faith in vaccines that were rushed out without long term data for how Covid or the vaccines will affect us. We still have all of the same issues we did with qualified immunity for police brutality, and politicians are arguing over music videos and trans youth instead of actually helping their constituents. And now that we’re learning how little Black Lives Matter is actually contributing to the victims’ families that are building their wealth and fame, I’m starting to lose trust in both the oppressors and the people claiming to stand in solidarity with the oppressed. We need more than thoughts and prayers. We need actual change and action. And we need love and respect for all human beings.

We’ve got a long way to go.

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Author of The Powers That Be