It's all wildly entertaining until it becomes personal.
For once, I'm actually relieved the latest public battle (Apple & The FBI) isn't entirely political- oh, maybe a little. But here we are again, a divided society. And since I put "Trump" in the title, I might as well address that elephant in the room (not necessarily politically)- he is tied into all this, you'll see!
Concerning Apple and the FBI, several views have emerged. People are weighing in! I was not even aware of the clash until Donald Trump declared his opinion. It made me wonder, would anyone with a "different", "other", or "unpopular" opinion have been inclined to voice their views on this matter had he not opened the gates? We seem to know his opinion on everything and we're finding out he's becoming the mouthpiece of the majority. People and the media are paying attention!
Why? Because on some level we're fascinated with his strong, maybe "unpopular "opinion. The fact that he's not afraid to disagree or speak up for himself is either fascinating or maddening to many. As of late, we've been a society who doesn't acknowledge the majority anymore. Trump speaks to those people that are pushing back on the silence.
We tuned in to hear him utter two words ("You're fired!") on The Apprentice. Two words captivated a large audience of viewers! Fascinating and entertaining. But now it's personal!
Trump is fascinated by winning, which is something our country used to be interested in.
I like the guy, so you can hate me now. I think there's something to be said about someone who prompts important discussions, and doesn't care if his opinion is popular or not, in a culture that gets hung up on petty B.S like whether the dress is blue or gold. He's open about topics we haven't visited since The Great Wall of Political Correctness.
Sadly, if there were important topics, such as the same-sex marriage ruling, any opposing opinion would have been crushed- yet in my corner of the universe, people I knew who were opposed kept deathly silent! That's not right! Popular or unpopular, nobody should be silenced...and the majority are.
Of course I'm bias about his big mouth, I'm a blogger. Rule #1 in blogging is 'the best blogs always generate a conversation'. Heaven forbid people actually talk to each other, discuss anything of relevance anymore, or (gulp), disagree!
You can love or hate the guy- it doesn't matter because he's bringing opinion back. As citizens we actually get an opinion (all of us), and personally I am tired of my opinion being shushed because it's not terribly popular or perfectly politically correct.
The true spirit of opinion is not that only one is acceptable to all.
Don't let someone discourage or minimize your opinion. Your opinions are a direct result of valuable life experiences.
Opinion is valuable because it's essentially experience and honestly, experience rates higher than any degree or fancy education. So here's my opinion on Apple & The FBI...and don't be shy, leave me yours at the bottom in the "comments".
Apple & The FBI
People are concerned about their freedoms if Apple surrenders or loses this battle to the FBI. Those people seem OK with losing their freedoms when it's done stealthily, personally agreeably, and gradually, almost unnoticeably- such as political correctness without limitations. It no longer protects people in which it was intended. It restricts our freedom of speech because nobody wants to get sued. There are several culturally-driven examples of subtle banishing of freedoms.
Apple knows this too, that's why they've gone very public about 'your freedoms' on trial. Imagine if one day someone announced they were taking your freedom of speech to court and you'd likely get sued if you said anything slightly upsetting to anyone (micro aggressions). Colleges couldn't talk about subject material as if 3rd graders were in the room. In addition, it was also announced people could fabricate sensitivities so that there'd be no way to know whether you were offending them, but the consequences would be punishable nonetheless.
You must recite and learn a list of offenses. And whatever you do, don't say anything wrong! Ever! Do you see the difference in Apple's trial (one publicized event) and the course of a gradual culture shift like political correctness?
Hypocrisy is a detriment to progress. There's always a hidden agenda...Larry Flynt
Lets put something else into context. If your child was kidnapped and evidence pointed to one person's phone, would you want Apple/FBI to open it for you? It might even give clues, saving future kids from being kidnapped as well. Apple said 'no' to you, how would you feel? That's how families of the San Bernardino victims feel! Maybe the FBI can find other terrorists, this time one that may effect you!
Until someone is personally effected, they don't care about others.
If you can save one person's life its worth taking a chance. The military puts their lives on the line, but as citizens we don't want to take any chances.
We don't want to sacrifice anything to help.
Only Apple and FBI know how to get in. You might not trust the FBI, but you would count on, and expect, them to do all they could in regards to your child's kidnapping. Or perhaps Apple does not trust their own employees? Obviously, cybersecurity will be the next most important order of business for our country.
Nearly every single one of us have gotten ourselves into this mess. My dad owns a home, desktop computer and no cell phone. My mom owns no computer devices with no online life whatsoever. She has a cell phone, but still the archaic one meant for telephone calls only. I learned a couple things from them...
We store too much info on our phones.
When your life is on a device and you would not sacrifice that device (if necessary, and that's a big "IF"), you would not sacrifice anything for anyone. I am willing, are you?
Wine Advice + Uncommon Sense
Everybody needs to express themselves in some form- mine happens to be written form...with an opinion. Occasionally I get in the mood for some wine and answer life's tricky questions.