Stop It

I feel a rant coming on, so get’cha popcorn ready and add butter because this one is gonna be a real finger licker.

I don’t know what that means. Get yourself a napkin if you must. I don’t want you to have a mess on your hands. Oh man, I’m hilarious when I’m furious.

Speaking of mess! What is wrong with the world? Don’t answer that. You’ll hurt yourself. I’m tired of seeing how divided we are and the snarky social media comments.

You have people making jokes about “the left” and people making jokes about “the right”, but beneath each joke is a bunch of anger, hatred, and more raised eyebrows than can fit on the average forehead.

Now, I’m not about to get into a big political discussion. Nor am I going to get into the surface area of the human forehead. I know my limitations. Politics are not my forte no matter how many articles, debates, or Twitter feeds I consume. Trust me, I’ve tried.

Oh, and the word “pluck” sends shivers up, down, and all around my spine before shooting down my legs to tickle my toes.

Political discourse sticks to me like small pieces of styrofoam, before I end up fighting myself just to get it away from me.

If that isn’t a great analogy, I don’t know what is.

So you can take your scathing articles and contradictory political tweets from 2013 and throw them under your porch, where a squirrel can find them and tear them to threads. Thanks.

This isn’t about who the leader of your country is. This is about you. A human freakin’ being. Someone who makes the choice every single day of how you are going to treat others.

I am tired of sexism. I am tired of bullying. I am tired of homophobia. I am tired of xenophobia. I am tired of racism. I am tired of body shaming. I am tired of listing things that should no longer need to be listed.

I am tired of people parsing words and editing clips to show a certain bias. I am tired of people making others feel less than they should. I am tired of the put downs, insults, and all-around human indecency that makes up this round or flat planet. Believe whatever you want.

Heck, I’m even tired of hearing that arachnophobia is a fear of spiders. WE KNOW. Enough already.

Don’t we all just want to live the same, free, happy life? Where you are accepted for who you are, no matter what your demographics say about you?

Who doesn’t want that?

Awful people. That’s who. I’d use a stronger word than “awful” but I’m in the heat of things right now and don’t want to stop to look up a synonym.

Whenever something bad or horrific happens in the world, you’ll hear someone say: “This is not who we are”.

Well, that’s fine and dandy but when I was in school and one person acted out in a class of thirty, the teacher would punish all of us. It’s that whole, “One bad apple spoils the bunch” bit.

While I’m bringing up school phrases, can we please retire the phrase: “Life’s not fair”? Teachers and parents, just end it. Come up with something else. “Even potato chips break sometimes.” There, use that. Anything. 

Maybe that’s when our divisions in society started – in school.

You had the “cool kids” and you had the “not cool kids”. Both sides thought they were superior to the other, though the “not cool kids” rarely, if ever, felt the need to impose their stance. Weird.

But even then, when it was picture day, everyone would come together and say “Cheese” on command, like the well-oiled robots we were.

And then recess came along and everyone ruined their “best clothes” and the hair their parents combed so far to one side that we were sure it was going to jump ship to someone else’s head. No wait, that’s lice.

MOVING ON.

I get it, we aren’t going to get along with everyone. But why do we have to go out of our way to let someone know that we don’t like them? Why can’t people just keep to themselves and the people they like?

Imagine that. What a concept! Spending more time with the people you want to be around and less time insulting the people you don’t like. Wow. I bet that’s what life is like on Mars.

Last night, six people were shot and killed at a mosque in Quebec City. This is Canada. We’re supposed to be better than that. We’re supposed to thrive on diversity. We’re supposed to be friendly, welcoming, and polite.

We’re supposed to be.

And you know what, maybe we are. But six people were killed last night while they were praying, so I don’t know if we can just gloss over this with a simple, “This is not who we are.”

How many people around the world need to be shot, victimized, or face prejudice before we realize that leaders of a country don’t control how we treat each other.

If you’re in a room with thirty people and are told by the leader of that room (we’re getting fictitious today, kids) that the only way you get to leave the room is if you hurl every insult you can think of at the other 29 people in the room, would you do it?

Maybe. Probably. You might have to go to the washroom, eventually.

But what if all thirty people sat there and complimented each other and said they weren’t going to treat others poorly just because the leader of the room wanted them to.

That might’ve been an awful example and I hope you don’t pick it apart because if you do, you will have missed the point.

You know what I did today? I went for a walk. On my way home I passed by a lady on the sidewalk who was walking her dog.

As we approached each other, we both smiled and said, “Hi”, and kept going without missing a step. It was so simple.

I was smiling down the sidewalk for the next ten seconds and didn’t even realize it.

Why can’t we do that more in life? It feels so good. Way better than throwing things through the window of a Starbucks because the person you voted for, lost.

I’m not saying you need to go out and become besties with people who have terrible intentions.

I’m just saying, not everyone is going to have the same thoughts, values, beliefs, skin colour, or orientation as you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t like them. It bothers me that I had to write that last sentence because I thought it was a prerequisite to graduate kindergarten.

Put your big boy or girl pants on – heck even wear a kilt – and be nice to someone.

If someone is on the opposite side of the political spectrum than you, why do you have to hate them so viciously?

Again, save your articles and old tweets that showcase hypocrisy and broken promises.

They think you’re crazy. You think they’re crazy. And you can’t even agree on that!

There are better ways to disagree with the people you think are destroying the world. I think.

If I think bread is good and Bob Tomronaldson III thinks bread is bad, then we’re never going to agree! You know what we will do, though? I’ll eat bread, and he’ll eat something else. And we’ll leave each other alone and not hurl insults at each other on social media.

Maybe the entire world needs to take a simultaneous nap. I feel great after naps. Perhaps we all just need a snooze to reset ourselves. Who’s up for a nap?

Did I hear someone say BLANKET FORT?

This rant has gone everywhere. I’m starting to simmer down, and I’m sure you’re running out of popcorn. So I’ll wrap it up.

If you want to protest, then protest!

If you want to march, then march!

If you want to make a sign, then make a sign!

If you want to get into a debate on Facebook that you’ll never win, then do it.

Actually, scratch that last one. I can’t condone it. Let me save you from yourself. In the 217 years that Facebook has been around, no one has ever won a Facebook debate. Look it up.

All I’m saying is, just try to be a decent human being. The world needs more of them.

Now don’t make me write a post like this again. So, stop it! You hear me? Good. Now go wash your hands before you get butter everywhere.

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50 Responses to Stop It

  1. Pingback: Stop It | The Captain’s Speech – Coalition of the Brave

  2. darthtimon says:

    I have shared this. It is too good not to share.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I feel like you need to end this with a mic drop. Yasss Paul, nailed it.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. rebbit7 says:

    I heard about what happened in Quebec City. Like you said, it was awful to hear. It’s very upsetting with what has been happening so far this year, and it has only started. Referring to Facebook, it’s a downer nowadays to go online and see what people are cooking up in the world, the bad and the worst (not excluding the U.S.’s now-carrot face leader). The world has gone down the tube, and only in the next few months and years will it hit rock bottom.

    All of your points are very much appreciated: I would not have had the guts to do it on my own blog. Thank you.

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    • Paul says:

      I try to picture a world where everyone is happy and accepted, but as you said, the world has gone down the tube. It seems that the more progress humans make through technology and other “life shortcuts”, the more we regress in the way we treat others (though it’s never been that good to begin with. There are just more ways to display hate towards others, these days). Maybe in a few hundred years, when we’re all gone, the world will be different for the better.

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  5. Barb Knowles says:

    First of all, do you sleep? This is so true and I’m guilty of saying political things as well, always hoping someone else’s eyes will be opened. But really, we need to remember what we were taught in school…..the golden rule to treat others as we wish to be treated.

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    • Paul says:

      I haven’t slept since 2009. The world needs my knowledge. I get why people voice their political opinions on social media – we all need to vent somehow – I just don’t know that it accomplishes anything.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Barb Knowles says:

        I waffle with my decisions on that. I think it doesn’t change anyone’s minds, yet I read today….I just spent 30 minutes trying to find the quote I wanted to share…that if we know something is happening and we do nothing to stop it or try to affect change, then we aren’t victims, we’re accomplices. I have to find the exact quote. With what is happening in the U.S. now, I feel, again, that I can’t be silent. It’s tough to know what to do..

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      • Paul says:

        Fair enough. I know your intentions are good, unlike others who voice their opinion.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        Well I try not to bitch or pontificate on something without facts. I disagreed with Mitt Romney’s policies, and he was way more conservative than I would have liked, but I never blasted about it on social media. But Donald Trump is creating havoc here and alienating our allies abroad. Mitt Romney, John McCain, George HW Bush weren’t dangerous. I believe that Donald Trump is.so my dilemma is to be silent or not. And to work within the system and sign petitions, write to my senators and Congressman, etc., Sorry to go on and on.

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      • Paul says:

        Paul’s rant featuring Barb.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        Haha I just looked at your blog because I couldn’t remember what started this whole thing. Hahaha…so now I’ll stop it!! Here we go again…I’m laughing with my shoulders shaking and Tim is getting annoyed. I’m sorry!

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        I’m really sorry…you can delete my rants if you want..

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        Haha don’t be ridiculous. It’s staying!

        Like

      • Barb Knowles says:

        Your post is Stop It, but you started it.

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  6. Jess says:

    Ahhhhh A++ on this rant. I couldn’t agree more. It’s also terrible coming across tweets or FB posts complaining how “not enough friends are posting about politics and it’s upsetting.” So those who don’t want to argue or voice their opinions on social media are also subtly insulted and labeled something their not. It never ends.

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    • Paul says:

      You’re not gonna believe me but hopefully you will…but the second after I pressed publish I literally said to myself “That was an A++ rant” and made the letter A with my hands and two plus signs. I’m just wondering, HOW THE HELL DID YOU KNOW?

      Yeah, that’s dumb. Straight up. If too many people talk, you can’t hear anyone. I don’t think people know that yet.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jess says:

    We might have twintuition happening. I refuse to believe that is a coink-a-dink.

    I think for as long as social media lives, this kind of behavior will never die.

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  8. Val says:

    Well said, Paul. Facebook has been making me ill along with all the other internet media/non-media sites that spout all that crap. I’ve recently joined a couple of music groups on the site to take my mind off it as politics aren’t allowed in either group and I’ve severely filtered my newsfeed so that I’m only reading people who don’t post politics or rants, and it’s helped. The shock for me has been that a friend I’ve known for over a decade who used to post really sweet stuff is now impossible for me to read with all the rants she does.
    You’re very brave publishing this. Well done.

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    • Paul says:

      That’s a good idea joining the music groups. Music is always a good distraction. Ha, if that were my friend I’d scroll down to when they used to post fun things and re-like those posts to send a passive aggressive message lol.

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  9. Amber Young says:

    It’s sad that such a simple concept is lost on most of the world. All too often, people mistake disagreement for hatred or “phobia” (e.g. homophobia… no one is actually AFRAID of gay people). However, I’m totally afraid of spiders. I also hate spiders. I’m anti-spider. At any rate, the violence against each other needs to stop. If we continue to fight ourselves, our countries will crumble.

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  10. Quinn says:

    I don’t want to wake up to any more brutal breaking news stories on my phone. Does anyone have a spare timeturner we can borrow? Or can we maybe put humans into hibernation for the next four years?

    Goddamn.

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  11. Outstanding! I’m 57, and I’m definitely on board with the nap thing. 😴

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  12. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼a lot of the things that happened this week are so sad. Thanks for this post 🙂

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  13. peckapalooza says:

    “How many people around the world need to be shot, victimized, or face prejudice before we realize that leaders of a country don’t control how we treat each other.”

    This is possibly the best thing I’ve read on the internet in a year. You’re getting reblogged, btw.

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  14. peckapalooza says:

    Reblogged this on The Confusing Middle and commented:
    Paul was able to put in words a lot of the thoughts I’ve had every time I look at social media. If you don’t read the whole thing, at least see this: “How many people around the world need to be shot, victimized, or face prejudice before we realize that leaders of a country don’t control how we treat each other.”

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  15. ~M says:

    Best rant I’ve ever read! You nailed it! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  16. You’re in my brain! I am wrapping up a 30 day social media detox and my first post (which is going up tomorrow eeeeeeek) is all about it. It’s ugly out there. I don’t want to go back!

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  17. Laura says:

    Apparently there is a shortage of big boy and girl pants these days…here’s to hoping they show up!

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  18. Myka says:

    “I am tired of listing things that no longer need to be listed.” YES! Beautiful. I know you’re angry, and rightfully so, but you still managed to make me giggle. What the world needs, Paul, is more people like you.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. elizarudolf says:

    Beautiful….😚☺🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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