Can we stop with random negativity for the sake of just putting shit out into the world? I mean I’m all for public discourse and I certainly think we should call out evil and injustice where we see it, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about letting the world know you don’t like something for the simple sake of needing your voice to be heard.
Really, I’m glad you couldn’t care less about a sporting event or entertainment extravaganza, but why go to all the time and energy to demean people who actually do enjoy it? Particularly if you’re not adding anything constructive to the conversation. Especially if you’re not adding anything constructive to the conversation.
I was having a conversation with my friend Jamie D. Grant about this, about how recently I had run into an old family friend who I hadn’t seen in several years and before he had even said “hello” to me, he was making disparaging remarks about my weight. Now, I know he didn’t mean anything by it, but it struck me (based on something Jamie had said) that we, as people, spend way too much of our time denigrating and insulting each other. And we do it for no reason whatsoever.
The world is already a negative and depressing place without our friends passive/aggressively putting us down for enjoying something they obviously don’t. I get it. You don’t like something. But 9 times out of 10, you’re not doing anything but hurting someone else. What I don’t get is why is it so important to you that you spend time and energy putting that negativity out into the world.
It doesn’t cost you anything to be positive. In fact, I think you can actually gain by it. So whatdya say? Can we stop now. At least for a little while? And maybe just try and spend that energy lifting someone up rather than taking them down.