Social networking has given people a platform and an audience. This has made some people feel that they have some kind of soapbox with which to impart their wisdom. The problem with this is that their wisdom is not always wise. It can oftentimes be pure foolery.
We all have at least one person on our feeds who has decided that they have the answers. They constantly write long wordy essays on Facebook and Instagram or strings of tweets telling us all how it should be. On occasion a person of sense will go on a rant and enlighten people. Unfortunately, more times than not, it’s just some kind of piss poor attempt at logic that makes you think of everything wrong with the world.
Life is vast. We’re all just here trying to figure out how to be happy. We make mistakes. Of course we make mistakes. None of us can ever really know what we’re doing. We can fool ourselves into believing that we know what we’re doing, but we don’t. We’re just bumping along. If it works, we keep doing it; if it doesn’t we keep looking. Thassit. None of else have the blueprint.
It’s bad enough when people are walking around with YOLO, Turn up, Ooh Kill Em, or whatever other rap hook or meme as their philosophies on life, but when a bunch of people are sitting online all day professing the most asinine phrases and speeches as the light and the way it just really makes you worry about the direction of people’s lives.
It’s particularly irritating when you know the person and know that they are the last ones who should be trying to preach to anyone. They do not practice what they preach, or perhaps they do, and that’s the problem.
“A black woman should…” “ A real man…” “They’re gay because…” “The problem with you women today is…” just Shhhhhh! It’s all ridiculous. These memes pop up on my timeline and I just cannot believe how confident people can be in their ignorance. Just keep it down. It’s bad enough the GOP is out here yelling their ridiculous ideas from the rooftops. Logging on to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and seeing this nonsense just deepens my general dislike for people.
But it’s the internet, and we can be whoever we want to be. We can pretend to be the next Gandhi or Confucius online. And all that is needed is a few likes and comments and it’s off to the races. Any kind of encouragement or attention is enough for people to act as if they are experts on life. It’s ridiculous and irritating, particularly when it is dumb.
The scariest part to me is that there are people who actually take this stuff seriously. There is someone goofy enough to agree and really try to live their lives this way. Trying to stunt and be cool and walking around with this pure foolishness as mottos.
Leave the teaching to those with the minds for it and stick to what you do best. Instead of getting on social networks and being loud and wrong, can we just find something productive to do with ourselves? Read a book. Find a hobby. Learn how to use google. Just stop. You’re not Nietzsche (That’s Nee-Chee as you may have heard it). Leave it to Rousseau, Bell Hooks, Descartes and Locke. Less exercising your freedom of speech and more using your right to remain silent. Please and thank you.
Below is an example of 2 memes which prompted this post. Shoutout to those who agree with them. I’m judging you