Returning to Alabama is something that I thought I would never do. For those who have grown up in the South with a lack of religious beliefs or even more liberal views on the world know just how difficult it is to actually live there. The South is one of the strangest places in the United States – they are fiercely independent and patriotic but they foster some of the most conservative views that I have ever seen. After my mother died, I had to find new apartments (go here for more information on these apartments) and I was lucky enough to actually find a small community of younger individuals who were somewhat like minded. I was completely taken back – who knew that there were bastions of liberal thought here in the South? It’s not surprising that so many of these free thinking and open minded individuals find themselves moving out as soon as they can.
I really don’t like separate the world or people by liberal or conservative. For the most part, people on a whole are a lot more complex than that but here in the South it seems as if new ideas are rejected by entire communities, by entire cities and even entire states. You would be shocked by the amount of racism that is present here – it’s as if the civil rights movement never happened for some states! I really do hope that the South experiences some kind of modernizing because as of right now, it is one of the poorest places in America because of this stagnation of ideas. Innovation simply does not exist here like it does in other states. The people and the state governments seem content to simply allow their morals and religions to guide them to happiness despite the extreme level of poverty that exists all around them.