It’s pretty simple: you aren’t going to get a single thing done by reposting something to your Instagram story. Let’s look at the recent Supreme Court leak for example: news leaks of Roe v. Wade being overturned, and the first thing everyone does is post something on their Instagram story about how disgusted they are. I’m not here to voice my own opinion on the matter, but I do think that it’s perfectly acceptable for someone to have a strong opinion on controversial political event such as that. What’s not okay, though, is to think that posting anything and everything you see about the matter on your Instagram story is going to make any difference because guess what? It’s not. The stupid people of our generation think that showing their followers how they feel about political matters is in some way going to change anything. If you’re really driven to make a difference in society (which, admittedly, I am not, but I applaud those who are), then do something real. Don’t sit behind a screen, bitching and moaning about how unfair the world is. Vote, make calls to your representatives, sign up to go out and get people registered to vote, join in on a march or protest, make donations to organizations that are taking action – do something. Whether you’re right, left, or somewhere down the middle, if you want change, then you have to figure out how to make a difference in a concrete way (this is what intelligent, contributing members of society do), and concrete action is never going to include voicing your opinions to your followers.
I’ve never hidden the fact that I find the whole “pronoun” phenomenon to be one of the most pointless and ridiculous phenomena to ever grace our culture. Obsessing over “preferred pronouns” is not only incredibly stupid, but it’s also conceited and annoying. Why? Because it shows that you are simply begging for someone to “mis-gender” you so that you can call people out and make them feel bad about themselves. I’ll be honest here: I refuse to acknowledge “they/them” as someone’s preferred pronouns because guess what: “they” and “them” are not singular pronouns, and I’m not about to bend over backwards and ignore the rules of grammar that have been in place for hundreds of years simply because it’s going to make you feel better. Call me whatever kind of phobic you want (I assure you, I’m a pretty accepting person), but it’s not my job to make sure that people who want to all of a sudden make major changes to the English language feel comfortable at all times. If you aren’t going to go by “he” or “she,” go by “it” because that’s the singular, non-gendered pronoun that we’ve always had in our language. And if someone does mistakenly “mis-gender” you, don’t act like it’s an intentional act of hate because it’s not. Everyone’s doing their best to be a nice person, so stop waiting to be offended and get the fuck over it.
As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, I understand that sometimes social media can be incredibly detrimental to someone’s mental health. Seeing people out there that are picture-perfect human beings living lives that most can only dream of can make normal people like you and me feel down in the dumps, and I won’t deny that. But there’s also a lot of people who base their whole lives on the number of followers they have and their ratio, how many likes they get, how many Snapchat streaks they have, and a ton of other garbage like that. If that’s you, then I’m sorry, but you’re a moron. Our generation has made social media so incredibly personal for absolutely no reason. If someone doesn’t follow you back on Instagram, it’s not the end of the world, that person probably just doesn’t care about what you’re posting. If some people only have a hundred followers, that doesn’t make them losers, it means they’ve decided to keep their social media presence close to home and only want to interact with the people that they’re closest to. Your social media presence should be whatever you want it to be, and we shouldn’t be worrying about who has the most followers and who gets the most likes because it’s dumb. If you feel yourself to be intelligent, then have social media for yourself and don’t worry about what other people think of it.
Cancel Culture and Comedy
There are people out there that truly do deserve to be cancelled. If someone sexually assaults or harasses another person, there’s no reason that we should give them a second chance. But if you’re someone that focuses all of your time and energy hating someone for something that got tweeted ten years ago, it’s time to grow the fuck up. Times are changing and people are learning, and no one is going to say that you’re the same person you were when you were twelve, so stop going back and looking for things to be offended by that are older than the Jets last playoff appearance. Leave comedians alone. Their job is to push the lines of what’s acceptable in order to make us laugh. If you don’t like what they have to say, then don’t consume their content. Just because someone makes a joke doesn’t mean that’s their actual belief – it’s called separating the art from the artist, and the whole world seems to have a big problem with doing that. It makes no logical sense to go out and look for things that are going to hurt your feelings. For example, I am a straight man, so it would be pretty fucking stupid for me to go and watch gay porn and then get upset when I don’t enjoy it. So, if you don’t like someone’s jokes, then don’t watch that person’s comedy because it’s not meant for you.
The point of this blog wasn’t to whine about people that annoy me – I write about that most other days. I’m just trying to point out how stupid it is that many people my age have made it their own personal mission to be miserable at all times, which I find to be the dumbest thing one can do. There are tons of problems in our world, and if you want to make a change, then do it. But don’t pretend that we’re not living in the best time there ever has been to be a human being. We should be happy about it, and for some reason, there’re a lot of idiots who seem to be choosing to ignore that fact.