Take Me Somewhere Else
Some of you may have noticed that I’m not on much anymore. To be honest, the internet is down right depressing. Everywhere you look there are people hating on other people. It’s not limited to just Democrats vs Republicans – it’s blacks vs whites, whites vs blacks, Clinton vs Sanders, The Beliebers vs whoever they don’t belieb in. The not-getting-along is maddening. I’m tired (TIRED!) of looking at Donald Drumpf and his theatrics. And, seriously, that’s all they really are…theatrics.
So I needed a break from the internet and all the noise. Back in 1998, when I first plugged into the internet, we were all excited to have instant information at our fingertips. But it’s no longer information, it’s more garbled nonsense. Actually…we can rename the internet “Drumpf” because he is the walking embodiment of how the internet behaves at any given moment. Just watch the man (on ANY station lately) for about five minutes. He’s exactly how a comment section on any website or media site behaves. That’s why the people connect so well with him. It doesn’t matter if there is truth behind his statements because people don’t care about truth (or integrity) on the internet. It’s maddening, and I had to take a break from it all. The internet has become a bad habit (like smoking) that you know you have to quit or it will kill you, but you just can’t help yourself. You need your fix.
Some how, some way, I hope we can find the road back to civility. I know it’s a dream right now, but it’s not impossible. I’ve personally made a conscious effort to be nicer, kinder, give more compliments, tell someone when they’ve done a great job, or take the blame for something that was really my mistake. It throws people off. That’s not my intent to throw people off, but it’s a small hidden benefit when I told someone’s supervisor today that they did a great job for me and they deserve some cupcakes. They wondered what my motive was. There was no motive, we just need to excel at positivity.
I’ve always said that “scandal breeds familiarity”. And it’s true. For a fleeting moment, we remember when someone does a nice gesture. But let that same person cause a scandal and we forget what the nice things were. Madonna brought us club music. She couldn’t sing to save her life (just go back and listen to “Holiday” or “Papa Don’t Preach”…hideous!) but let her show her boobs and her crotch in a book aptly named “Sex” and we all know who she is and we remember her for her smut, and not for her efforts to shine a light on the LGBT community when we needed that light the most. Scandal followed Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, and Kurt Cobain. Yet we don’t remember what good deeds they’ve done. All we know is to follow the ones who are bound and determined to bring us all down to their level. Anna Nicole Smith, The Kardashians, and Donald Drumpf. And we will all fight for those front row seats aboard their prospective train wrecks.
Well, stop the train. I want to get off. I vow to surround myself with more positive people. Positivity doesn’t necessarily mean that I plan on agreeing with every word their lips form. Nor do they have to agree with me. We can simply learn to open our minds and maybe learn a little something in the process. The idea of a closed conversation with no flexibility in thought or manner simply exhausts me. I would like to believe I’m better than all of that. I would like to think you are too.