A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Not that long ago, Social Media was being called the greatest gift to democracy since Jefferson. How the mighty have fallen! The problem is a) you don’t have to take an IQ test to own a computer and b) statistically, half the people who have computers would fail it if there was one. The result is Social Media is over-populated by people on the bottom end of the “I’m-just-as-smart-as-you-are” scale, and the rest of us can’t disagree with them because that’s some kind of brain-shaming or something. Meanwhile, these (for want of a better term) stupid people have reduced the conversation to the lowest common denominator which includes bashing everybody over the head with industrial-strength platitudes. And, unfortunately, unlike cute cat videos, attaching deep meaning to meaningless clichés digs a deeper hole in the cyber-stupid and that just makes it harder and harder for any of us to get out. Let me show you what I mean.
Bravery has many forms – No doubt — but not all bravery is created equal. Somehow, we’ve forgotten that there’s a big difference between running into a burning building to save grandma and finally getting up enough courage to tell grandma we’re gay. They’re not the same thing, and every time we equate the two, we devalue what courage really means.
Face Your Fears – I’m afraid of grizzly bears and I’m pretty sure that going mano a mano with a large North American land mammal is going to end badly– regardless of my personal growth. Facing your fears only works when your fears can’t rip your face off.
People Can Surprise You – This isn’t always a good thing. Like it or not, life dictates that we’re all going to accumulate more than a few substantial scars from getting stabbed in the back by people who’ve – uh — surprised us.
You Can Do Anything If You Try – This is why so many people think they’re creative, don’t want to do the grunt work and spend their entire lives pissed off with the world when they discover they have to.
Money Isn’t Everything – I’m not even going to grace this stupidity with an answer.
It’s Okay To Ask For Help – Yeah, but don’t be shocked out of your socks when you don’t get it. Don’t believe me? Ask your friends to help you move!
Don’t Give In To Hate – Folks, life isn’t a Star Wars trilogy! There is no Dark Side that will suck you in and corrupt your soul. I hate people who litter, and I don’t care what their motivation is. Honestly, if it’s morally reprehensible, what’s wrong with a little hate?
Be Yourself – These days, everybody’s so wrapped up in being themselves they’ve totally forgotten that there are 8 billion other people on this planet.