Saturday, February 5, 2011

Being A Hater: A Viral Societal Infection

   Society is infected and the only cure is common sense and responsible thinking...making the infection a terminal illness because it seems that common sense isn’t common at all...and thinking responsibly is considered deviant behavior.
   Maybe I’m the problem for thinking that most other people are rational intellectuals capable of thinking their way out of a paper bag...or perhaps I just haven’t understood the dire necessity to immerse myself in the advantages of envy and jealousy...and all the joy acting out of that state of mind can bring. Yes...that’s it, I’m missing the boat on this one. The next time I observe someone having something I don’t, I will tear them down and avidly seek to attain exactly what they have...or make sure they don’t have it anymore, thereby making myself feel so much better about the person I am and the world I am creating.
   I’ve been wasting my time seeing joy in the achievement of others, wasting my mind in understanding that life is, indeed, not fair and being thankful for what I have and what I get. I can’t believe I’ve spent so much time thankful for what I have when I could have been hating on the next person for what I don’t have. I can’t believe I’ve been that silly. All this time with an open mind when I could have been as narrow as a foot path in the woods in the dead of winter.
   Dear reader, please forgive my sarcasm, but it serves me as an outlet for the ridiculousness I observe and the idiocy that victimizes many of us everyday when one person, or group of people, hate on another for the way life deals our cards...and sometimes for the poor way we’ve played the hand dealt to us. It makes no sense to me so in fairness, I must entertain the idea that I’m actually the problem and not the one in sync with reality.

   So just as I entertain those thoughts, you too should frolic with the idea that you’re a hater. I mean...really, you might be. If a co-worker goes home early, does it upset you because you have to stay until your shift ends? Do you get upset if you see a police cruiser parked under a "no parking" sign because if you did it, you would get a ticket? Are you angry because firefighters can swap shifts but you, working in the private sector, have to work all your assigned shifts or not get paid for any shifts not worked? When observing the world, do you constantly ask the question, either to yourself or others “why not me?”. If you’ve answered yes to any of these might be a hater.
    How about this...when your co-worker passes your desk on their way home early, you smile and wish them a safe journey. Why they’re going home early really isn’t any concern of yours...after all, you’ve got work to do.
   How about this...the next time you see a police cruiser parked illegally, you simply understand that they can do that and you can’t...because they’re the police. If you want that perk...join the force and enjoy that perk...along with long hours of dealing with the worst society has to offer (aside from the haters).   
   How about stop comparing the private sector with the public sector because they’re not the same. Think for a moment before you target the perks of another job, about the perks of your own job. It’s a sure bet that when you’re done screaming about how badly your tax dollars are being wasted and a public job perk is removed, that the government will mail a check directly to you for the difference in savings...NOT!
   How about this...instead of always asking the question why not you, simply do the best you can at whatever it is you’re doing and be thankful for what you have because the reality is that you're probably somewhere in the societal middle...with some people doing better than you...and some people doing worse.
   The hater virus must be eradicated if we ever want to achieve harmony. People need to start acting like intelligent lifeforms and stop emulating a bunch of crabs stuck in a barrel. If we constantly pull each other down and hold each other back, then nobody gets ahead. Although that might be a pleasing thought to you...if there is nobody ahead, there can never be a helping hand to reach back. Stop drinking the hatorade and digest this food for thought.

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