I am seeing more and more hate on-line. We find something that pisses us off and we find the like-minded to discuss it. Then we feed off of each other’s agitation and it turns into hate. But it doesn’t even stop there. We line up as teams…defending our right to be angry. It becomes a contest over who can be the most outraged. I remember a time when we could disagree without un-friending, or turning people against each other. Now, we dissect every word, every aspect, ignore facts and turn assumptions into reality. Who isn’t being perfectly politically correct? Who has disrespected our collective value system? We are actively looking for validation to stay mad.
Some of us have turned into everything we profess to be against. We are nasty, judgmental, snarling creatures on a never-ending quest to search and destroy. I go back to Cecil the Lion. We were all upset… but what did that accomplish? What did the TV specials and on-line screaming do? Nothing. Not a f*cking thing. A few weeks of manufactured outrage, and a lot of no results.
And the minute there is even an implied new “thing”, we run to the next crime scene like an angry mob. We must be vigilant to kill off the new monster. Maybe we are the monster. Maybe we all need a new f*cking hobby. Not that there aren’t valid reasons to be angry…but people can’t even leave that alone. Remember “Black Lives Matter”? For some reason people who are not black felt the need to want it changed to “All Lives Matter”. Well, of course all lives should matter. But be real… as we’ve seen, all lives are not valued equally. Your argument is invalid. Case closed...next case.
The truth is, if you haven’t lived it (no matter what “it” is), then you really don’t know what someone else’s life experience has been. Sympathy is not empathy. Maybe it’s time to be a little more understanding and a little less reactionary. We all have a right to our opinion. We don’t, however, have the right to eliminate (or co-opt) everything that doesn’t fit in with our personal ideal.
Individuality used to be important, as it still should.
After all, it would be so boring if we were all the same ☺
Until next time, may you be blessed by the Gods.