Some People Just Ask the Dumbest Questions

And why am I answering these questions in March 2023

Janice Eastman
3 min readMar 9
A person in a yellow sweat shirt.
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The fact that it’s March 8, 2023, and I’m still being asked this question by two people, one from the former “Roman Empire” and the other from the current “Palestinian Authority,” blows my mind.

Two people. The same day. Both come from cultures where oppression is not foreign. On International Women’s Day!

Is this irony or what?

Are they playing the fool?

I’m dumbfounded.

Flabbergasted, to say the least.

Are these two trying to engage in a nonsensical argument?

What the heck!

Whatever the reason for their questions, it highlights a fundamental issue that still exists: a lack of education and awareness regarding important issues such as the oppression of our fellow human beings, the suppression of women, and the need for equality.

It puts on blast the continued need for education and awareness to eradicate and eliminate the pain, fear, and anxiety caused by these issues.

In a world where information is so readily available, people still don’t understand the importance of events.

They need to pause, be still, and reflect on their past, present, and future.

The importance of humanity. It the significance for all of us to stand up, speak out, and continue to acknowledge that there are still inequalities and injustices in our world.

Are they not watching the news?

Do they not know — there are still people living in war-torn countries, people who are persecuted and murdered because of their beliefs, skin color, nationality. And people who are killed on a daily basis for nothing more than being different.

And yet, we ask stupid questions such as ‘Why are there still Black History Month, Orange Shirt Day — here in Canada, The Holocaust, and International Women’s Day. Amongst other notable time of reflection.

This is an opportunity to teach and to educate, and it should not be taken lightly. We must continue to push for progress, both in…



Janice Eastman

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