So what the hell is going on with 2016?
In the last week, I've lost a friend to violence. We lost a favorite rescue dog to sickness. The world has lost its damn mind at the RNC. People have been taken in numerous cities. And I don't know if it's ever going to let up.
Every day, I try to get on Facebook and find good things happening in the world, and instead I find things that are screwed up. A Latino Stanford-bound student from Chicago getting a lesson about reverse discrimination from his dentist. A woman in Indiana getting racial slurs written all over her trucks. A friend supporting and defending a presidential candidate who genuinely terrifies me. And honestly, those are just a couple of the things I've seen in the past 48 hours.
I have this idea that if we put out good in the world, we'll have more good. And I just wonder why we can't just put more good out there. I said to a friend at residency, "I like to think people just do evil out of ignorance."
And she, being a veteran, said, "That's a nice way of thinking about it, but no."
So is there really evil out there? Are there people who want this world?
In the meantime, I'm going to ask you to do something good.
There's a Walk for a Dog app for your phone. If you download it and turn it on when you walk, and if you put your settings to benefit Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland, then you can raise money for rescued dogs. It's the place where we got Toby. It's also where our friend Reuben was living before he died this week.
You don't have to pay money. You don't have to do anything more than what you already do. But just by walking and exercising yourself, you can help them raise money and they can help more dogs.
Here is their website:
Here is more information on Reuben:
Reuben's Facebook page
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Dawson is an editor and writer and MFA student at Stonecoast. She writes stuff.