One Thing in Life (and Politics) Matters Most, and That Thing is . . . .
One thing in life (and politics) matters most, and that thing is . . . . Sorry, I’m not going to let you off that easy. First, let’s establish some context.
During these turbulent times, some people prefer to keep a low profile, and expose themselves to the absolute minimal amount of news. I totally get that! Truth is, for my own sanity, four years ago I decided to do just that.
Now, in the midst of a global pandemic and the most important Presidential Election in modern U.S. history, I find it difficult, borderline negligent, to try to ignore the news entirely. After all, to make good choices, it is vital to stay “accurately informed.”
So what is accurately informed? Well, I can tell you what it is not. It’s not getting your information and “news” on Facebook or from following tweets from the #1 Dodo bird in the world!
Much to my chagrin and against my better judgment, in addition to staying well-informed by paying attention to the real facts from the real news, I occasionally read comments from people on Facebook. Bad thing is, like a train wreck, I keep looking despite how painful it is.
On Facebook, so called “friends” rip each other to shreds, sometimes ending life-long friendships, based on political differences. And two things I’ve learned from my years as a litigation attorney are: 1) Sometimes it’s best to agree to disagree; and 2) Don’t argue with stupid, because they will bring you down to their level and they will beat you with their experience.
In these classic Facebook exchanges, inevitably there is one (or many) counter-arguments that that are so lame, I’m truly embarrassed for them. For instance, if someone points out an irrefutable act of carelessness, selfishness or sheer callousness(or all of the above) by Donald Trump, his followers come to his defense with the most ludicrous arguments… “Oh yeah, well Biden smelled after gym class in fourth grade!” Totally off point, with nothing substantive in retort! Much like Vice President Pence in the most recent debate. Or worse, they respond with something totally rude and disrespectful, completely lacking in truth. Much like Trump, all of the time!
Are You Part of The Solution or Part of the Problem?
Recently, I read a Facebook post from someone that exemplifies the exponential rise in selfishness that has been cultivated by King Selfish himself.
In short, the Facebook “poster” tells a story of being denied service at a store because she didn’t have her mask on. She actually had her mask in her car, but she simply didn’t want to go back to her car to comply with the store’s mask policy.
She goes on whining about how this incident made her cry. “Balling” as she so dramatically put it! “Balling” merely because they asked her to comply with their safety protocols. (I thought, “Oh, the humanity! You poor thing! How dare they torture you like that! They should be executed for inconveniencing you for the health and safety of mankind!”).
She ends her story claiming that “[t]his has to stop! No more masks. They aren’t doing anything! You get the virus whether you wear it or not.” Thank you doctor. Did you go to the same medical school as Trump?
To make matters worse, the comments coddling her poured salt on the wounds of those directly impacted by Covid-19 and further emphasized the selfish, inconsiderate nature of some people. Personally, I have two friends who each have had a close relative die from Covid-19. The imprudence of the unsympathetic, thoughtless stupidity and selfishness of some people, who are giving the metaphoric middle finger to those who have suffered, is only outweighed by their audacity to publicly profess their egotism! The F- everyone else, it’s all about me attitude!
Hmmm!, does that sound like someone else we know? Let’s go ask half of the West Wing and the White House staff! Oh wait, they have Covid-19 right now! I guess we’ll have to ask them later.
What’s sad is that not only are friendships being destroyed because of the divisiveness that has befallen our country, it’s that some people are so clueless, not to mention belligerent, they don’t even recognize how _____ (insert word here . . . rude, disrespectful, selfish, stupid, ignorant, unkind, inhumane, etc.) they sound. As they say, “ignorance is bliss.” Well, I’ll have to take their word for it!
So, what is the one thing in life that matters most? Patience, grasshopper. We’re almost there!
During the early stages of the pandemic, we constantly heard, saw and read that “We’re all in this together.” Thanks to a President who thrives on dividing this country, and the alarming number of people, some good…some bad, who buy into his crap (as was proven by the now “infamous fly” that sniffed it out at the VP Debate), we are NOT in this together! We never have been. And as long as Trump remains in power, we never will be! Among the many painful lessons we’ve learned, his actions have taught us that Trump pledges allegiance to the Divided State of America, for which he instigates!
Despite what you might think, I am not a liberal and I don’t agree with all of the policies of Joe Biden. But, I do believe he has genuine concern and respect for our country and the people in it, with a desire to make their lives better. And more importantly, he is not an excrement of a human being, who is only trying to make his own life better! Moreover, at least Biden has a plan.
As for Trump’s coronavirus plan, in practice, he has employed the Ivan Drago plan (from the movie Rocky IV)- “If he dies, he dies.”
As for everything else . . . Trump’s plan- “I’ve done a lot of great things for some good people.” Wow! Thank you for clarifying your policies Almighty Trump! Your eloquence has me in awe! Your extensive vocabulary is magnificent . . . or should I say great? I haven’t heard someone speak with such mastery of the English language since my son was two years old! And your credibility reminds me of what was in his diaper!
So please, during these “worst of times,” when you “do unto others,” practice this simple reminder of the one thing in life (and politics) that matters most… In life, we all make others better off. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Are they better off when I enter their life, or when I leave it?”