You know, I went to write a long essay and stopped just now about three-quarters of the way through. Just gave up on it. It's unlikely to change any minds.
Ain't working. Need something better. So I'm borrowing Kerry's birthday wish and passing it on:
Here's his and my happy-rainbow wish for y'all: be nicer to others. Yeah, most of your peers are ignorant yammerheads, at least some of the time. So are you. So am I. Some people are heedless. And some people are just plain evil.
We can't fix 'em. Our only real resource is ourselves. So fix what you can reach: Be a little nicer to others. Cut 'em some slack. Maybe they are idiots -- so what? If they're not hurting anyone, leave 'em be. If they're worrying you, talk to them.
I'm not asking you to love everybody, or to trust them. I'm not even asking you to like them. Just -- be nicer.
Try it. Even if for only one day.
8 months ago