Time isn’t inherent to this universe. Yes, it is used in different scientific disciplines as a variable that helps to define a lot of what we know—but it’s a socially constructed concept. That means human beings literally MADE IT UP. We created time. It’s a subjective and fluid idea so let’s stop blaming something that doesn’t even truly or inherently exist, shall we?
2016 is a thing humans refer to as a “year,” defined as follows:
Planets, just like humans, aren’t perfect. The universe isn’t perfect. There may even be a slight hiccup in a planet’s trajectory around the sun because shit happens. Sometimes what we define as a year (in this case 2016) is fundamentally imperfect and inconsistent.
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve done it (see my Twitter as of earlier today) and I’m sure you have too, but we have got to stop placing blame on 2016 for the shitty events that have conspired in our recent history. Systematic hatred, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and racism do not know the bounds of “2016.” Time can no longer act as the scapegoat. It may seem comforting to have something to blame because it removes much of the guilt and despair that are brought about when you start thinking about the struggles our world faces but FEEL THOSE FEELINGS, GIRL. Get mad. Look at our world with a critical eye and then look within yourself to see why you’re feeling the way you are about the issues that surround us. THAT is the only way change can truly begin to happen.
Time only changes because we say it does. If you want real change, you have to do something. The world is going to be exactly the same on January 1st, 2017 as it was on December 31st, 2016 unless YOU decide take action.
Making shit happen is not an easy undertaking and no one expects the world to change overnight with only you, but it is easy to start small and local. Help organizations in your community through giving your time, tangible donations, and/or support as an activist and ally. See an awesome list of organizations that need your help in your community here.
Yes, your existence and the events that affected your every day life during 2016 may have royally sucked (I know mine sure as hell did), but you can’t blame time.
Blame the crises in the world on the underlying issues within our countries and the corrupt systems that infect our societies.
Call on your leaders to help them understand your perspective and initiate change.
Raise the voices of those who are unable to be as easily heard as you may be.
Lift each other up and seek each other out. Fight the good fight and you’ll find solidarity in those who are willing to fight with you.
Be somebody that matters and act as a change agent to this shitty world we live in.
STOP BLAMING 2016.
Happy New Year.