I love reading articles and such about social issues that are valid and well thought out. There are a lot of things wrong with the world, and I feel strongly about many of these issues, which is a large part of the reason I started this blog. But I’m starting to notice there’s a trend that’s got more than a bit out of control. Or, to put things more clearly: I am sick to death of all the noise about social issues that goes straight to dramatic hysterics like maximum shock factor is required for anyone to take these things seriously.
Now, I know I’ve been guilty of this myself.And oh god, the mortifying shame. For a long time, I was trying so hard to be heard that even though I did have some thoughts that might have been useful to the progression of the debate, more often than not, time and again foot became lodged very firmly in mouth and could not be extracted in time to save anything. I strongly believe these social issues, as well as the fact that people are talking about them, are important and I don’t think anyone should have to shut up and be silent when they have something they need to say. But at the same time: What the hell? Too many of us are screaming so loudly to be heard that, without realising it, we’ve lost track of whatever we were feeling about the issues in the first place, and we’re grasping at anything and everything that might possibly prove to others – preferably with maximum dramatics – that the problem exists.
It’s way past time to take a step back, and really think about how we’re feeling. And I don’t mean for us to think further about how to tell others about the injustices we’re seeing. We’ve been doing that for a while, and the only place that’s got us is a state of anger and frustration about all the wrongs in the world, and the fact that noone seems to agree with us. Oh, and the fact that everyone else out there – especially on the net – is a misinformed idiot.
Tell me I’m not ringing any bells.
The fact is, not everyone’s an idiot. Nor are they as misinformed as we assume. For the most part, they are just like us – trying so hard to come up with examples – and fix-alls – that we’ve veered off track from the actual problems. And to be honest, that sort of desperate thinking is eventually going to make anyone look like an idiot. Can’t we all just get back to basics?
If you feel like there’s a problem, think about that problem. Don’t think about how you can prove the problem to others. Chances are that those who’ll agree with you already see it, and those who will deny it exists won’t be convinced. So go ahead, write that blog, that comic, that article, that little piece of message to put out in the world and broadcast your thoughts. But make the thing about you, because that, and not some fabricated argument designed to try to convince others, is how we will get to the heart of the matter.