Something as insignificant as people posting pictures of quotes everyday on their Facebook pages drives me nuts, which is thankfully making me lose interest in spending time logged into that social networking site. I do check my FB at least twice a day to see if anyone wrote to me, but even there that hardly happens. If I see myself scrolling down my news feed to see what’s up with everyone, I’ll usually stop myself before I get too far because I literally tell myself “This is pointless…” and I’ll proceed to log out.
But what really annoys me are people posting quotes and images which clearly shows that they don’t know how to think. That’s how I see it anyway. Sure, it’s good to follow some life philosophies if you happen to stumble upon them in the form of text written on a picture of a cat climbing up a tree with the sunset shining through the clouds and a tornado in the distance. Or is it a rainbow?… But most of the time, they seem pointless to me. And some of these texts don’t make any sense at all and make me question whether the person who posted them actually knows how to think for themselves or not.
I recently stumbled upon a few quotes and images that made me react. One that I remember off the top of my head was something along the lines of “It doesn’t matter what anyone does as long as you love yourself”. Really? Let’s say someone close to you decides to murder your kids, dismembers them, dumps their parts in various dumpsters, sets your house on fire, murders your neighbours, tortures stray animals found in your alleyway, shoots a few officers who tries to stop them, poisons the water supply and then throws acid on a few people. Obviously I’m exaggerating, but I believe that it’s by exaggerating certain points that we get to put things in perspective. Of course, it doesn’t matter that that person did all those horrible things, you love yourself. ???
“You raped women and children and even murdered some of them? It’s okay, I love myself which means that I love you!”
I’ve learnt to love myself over time but I’m sorry, I still dislike a few people who did hurtful things to me and others and I probably won’t forgive some of them. That philosophy sounds like some kind of religious crap that involves forgiving your neighbour or something.
The only quotes I seem to remember are those that make me react like I just mentioned. Most of the time I skip over these images because I don’t understand what the point of posting quotes is. And if I do read some of them, I don’t remember them. Is the point in posting these to get people to react? To share your constant newly acquired philosophies? To show the picture that’s hidden behind the quote text? I don’t understand…And what’s this business with the new carpe diem, YOLO? You Only Live Once. Okay, so make sure you stay alive by not doing stupid things? Make sure you find peace and happiness with yourself in order to live a fulfilled life? I always found it pretty obivous that you only live once…
An image that got me reacting was one of a woman from I don’t know which part of the world who put herself in the position of letting the public do whatever they wanted to her. She had 72 objects at their disposal ranging from a feather boa to a knife and a loaded gun. After 6 hours she ended the whole thing but concluded that if you left decisions up to the public, the public would turn violent and want to kill. So humanity=evil.
For the majority of people on this planet I believe that we all want peace and happiness for ourselves as well as for everyone else. In the four paragraph description of the photo, it was only filled with negative conclusions from the “study”. There was never any mention of the people who did good to the woman, the people who walked along and didn’t care, the people who yelled for help or tried to stop the others. No mention of any of this “good stuff”. Only of the fact that people cut up her clothes, stuck thorns in her stomach and pointed the gun at her head. What about the others who we’re so mean? To conclude that humanity is evil based on this irrelevant “study” is…stupid. And misleading. I see other images with negative descriptions constantly floating around on FB and I wonder why people post them. One habit that I am acquiring is the one involving questioning. When I see something like this, my first reaction is “Wow…that’s terrible”. After reviewing it a second time, my brain seems to say “Wait a minute….there are some important facts missing that are very relevant to the situation. How can we conclude what is being said without those facts?” I believe this habit of questioning oneself and their environment (what they see/hear) is very important and seems to me that people forget to do this, or they just don’t know how to yet. They aren’t stupid in my eyes, they just seem unfortunate because they jump to conclusions so fast.
Same goes for Quotes of the Day: people read them and go “OMG! I have to post this! This is SO true!” without pausing to think about the other aspects. Perhaps I’m wayyy off the bat and I’m being too critical and harsh, but it seems that many of us are just getting sucked into our computers and a constant bombardment of information, a lot of the time negative, and it is causing us to lose our abilities to be rational and think.