Heroes of Unity: America’s Immigration Issues

Although recent developments have revealed that Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, is a clear violator of what America truly stands for, such issues are clearly reflected within the show ‘Supergirl’.

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Supergirl Photo from ComingSoon.com

Its recent episode “Welcome to Earth”, continues to tackle on the issue of alien immigration within the Earth, and whilst it does not openly criticize the actions of said nominee, it does strongly reflect upon it. Madame President, portrayed by Lynda Carter, is a clear reflection of the soon to be retired Barack Obama, attempting to unite people of all kinds. In this episode, we watch as Kara Danvers is given a subtext and on-screen dilemma due to her passion for the acceptance of aliens, whilst at the same time tracking down a refugee, whom she constantly has had to have a beat down, physically and verbally, with upon meeting.

Judging a book by it’s cover, and old saying, but applies very well nonetheless. Supposing this may be tackling the issue of contradiction within individuals who believe they are doing good for the world with their xenophobia, it does clearly reflect the now deteriorating America. However, Miss Danvers is the beacon of good, both as her civilian self and heroic persona, thus she gives this refugee a chance. If only real people were as accepting as these fictional characters, we would be closer to so called “World Peace”.

Political topics is no stranger to this show, neither is its on-your-face preaching. However, its method of providing a level of morale into the show does work quite well, definitely much better than last season’s. I could go on about the show, but I think I’ve said all that I needed to as a topic starter.

Growing up, I’ve always had a strong admiration for America’s level of acceptance and its liberty. When the word ‘freedom’ is said, this country comes to mind. However, is it too much? The idea of this liberal country seems to be exacerbated by how much its citizens have abused that right. Indeed, it is a right- something other countries don’t have. Yet, somehow its constantly abused to the point where I’m made to think that perhaps liberty isn’t such a great ideology.

Superman fights for the “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”- but what exactly is the so called “American Way”? It seems as of lately, this has been split between the country’s party of republicans and democrats. Since I have labelled myself a liberal, I cannot say that I can write this article fairly, as I’m sure some of my democratic passion has slipped in here. But what I can assure is that whilst people such as myself want more unity in the world, we simply can’t help but contradict ourselves due to the opposing views others have. Some views can be understood, and agreed with; others are simply far too inexcusable. An example would be is that some still stand for Trump, even though he had some “locker talk” issues. At first, I was alright with Trump, he seemed like a decent candidate, actually rather funny, it would be like Kanye West himself running for President. But I think his blatant disrespect and flat out terrible attitude is what’s lead most voters to the brink, to the point where they would rather vote for the “Crooked Hillary”, than Trump.

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Photo Courtesy of MediaPlanet.AZ

Ask yourself this, are you a hero of unity? What is unity all about, and how exactly can one become a hero of unity? Merely having a sense of political and social morality does not qualify you as one, but rather, being able to make a difference and truly bringing people together, that is what qualifies you to become a hero of unity. I must admit I am not one myself, and I will try to work on that, but there are many inspirational others out there whom we can definitely look up to (Darren Criss for example). I didn’t want to end this on such a note, but I felt that it works well with the theme of Supergirl.

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Why Is It Funny That Someone Would Love Me?

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Words I’ve recently heard from the YouTube sensation Miranda Sings in her show “Haters Back Off”. Upon hearing this, I honestly just broke down. I couldn’t stop crying, and when I tried, the tears seemed to continue on. But why exactly did these words hit me hard? Surely I have nothing in common with an entitled millennial?

Recently graduating from High School, and moving to Sydney, miles away from my home in Qatar, I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting. Of course I tell people otherwise, I mean who wouldn’t want to be here? Sydney is just beautiful, and not too many people get such an opportunity. But moving to another country meant saying goodbye, not only to my family, but to my friends too. To people whom I’ve been with for a long period of time. Those whom I’ve made lifetime friendships with. I suppose the type of love I’m looking for isn’t the romantic kind, but leaning more towards my need for friendship.

Some people have social anxiety, but I have the opposite. Lacking any form of social interactions scares me, I hate being alone. I hate the feeling of loneliness. I’m scared of it. I suppose I also have abandonment issues, but I’d rather not focus on that. Recent developments have caused some emotional strain within me, it turns out my closest friend here in Sydney had to change her class time, completely different from mine. It completely broke me, I didn’t want to go to college alone, and yet now I have to. The thought is scaring me, and it hasn’t even happened yet. I’m frightened right now, my eyes starting to tear up, I’m scared of being alone.

It’s funny, I searched online “Ways to Cope with Loneliness”, and with that ridiculous search came ludicrous results. “Learn a New Language”, “Learn to Juggle”, “Become an Expert Chef”. They sure do divert my mind off the topic, but it doesn’t solve the problem. I suppose making new friends is also a possibility, but I attend a Vocational School, where majority of my classmates are 10 or 20 years older than me. Meanwhile, having a social life outside class is impossible since I’m grounded (another story for another time).

Returning back to Haters Back Off (spoiler alert), the final episode ends with Miranda all alone. I’m not completely alone, I still have my family. Though, sometimes there are things even your family can’t understand. Things you can’t tell them, because they have high expectations of you. So, I can’t reveal anything, because the stakes are high, especially now. I keep myself entertained by buying books, it gives me a speck of happiness every now and then, but I still can’t help but remember my current situation. The fact that I’m still not able to make friends.

Sure this may sound like a rant, or a whine, but I have established that these are my “thoughts”. Though, in all honesty, I can’t help but express my sadness towards this recent development. I’m sure we’ll be keeping in touch, I won’t let our friendship go astray, but I just can’t help but feel that I’ll be alone even more now than before. I can’t fathom just how much I’ll brood over this.

However, I’m sure there are others out there who are struggling with the same issue, or maybe similar to it. No matter, I just want to say, I understand you, and so below is a playlist of songs I suggest you give a listen to when you encounter such an ordeal, maybe they’ll make you feel better, just as they helped me calm down: