See something. Say something. That’s like the new code. Well, the new code that everyone breaks. Nobody wants to get involved. Nobody wants to be the one to cause a little discomfort. People mind their business. Except on social media. Then everyone knows everything.
There are a lot of geniuses out there. A lot of stupid geniuses. Who do nothing to actually solve whatever problem they are fighting over.
I’m sitting back watching a lot of debates on Facebook right now. No. I’m not getting involved. If you know me, you know how tough it is for me to not go in and tell people what fucking idiots they are. But then I have to remind myself that I can tell them they are idiots, but it doesn’t mean they’ll get it.
So instead of calling them idiots I’d like to ask them what they’re doing to be the change they wish to be in the world. You know, since they’re all sharing some stupid meme that says that. What exactly are they doing besides sharing memes and engaging in arguments on social media with other morons where they make the same point over and over and over and over. Oh, and then they make a similar point over and over and over. I want to punch them in the face and throw up at the same time. And then I get mad at myself because I allowed those dummies to waste precious moments of my life that I will never get back.
I’m sort of a bitch. I’m pretty open about that. I have a big mouth. I don’t always say the right thing. I’ve made a ton of mistakes in my life. But here’s the thing. I have tried to effect change. Oh no. Am I using the right effect/affect? Sometimes I slip up, but yeah, I think I am.
I have always been the see something, say something person, even when it has been to my detriment. I’ve had bosses who have actually written things in my reviews that basically say I don’t mind my business, but mostly because when I saw something, I said it. And then I said it again. And again. Not everyone is a fan of that. Especially bosses who see something and ignore it.
But its not just there. I have done different things in my life, things that have created a career path, because I couldn’t sit by silently and watch something I felt needed to be changed. Even writing a blog came about because I was pissed about something and felt that I had to add my big mouth to the mix. Oh, and on a side note, that piece caused quite a bit of controversy, but I’ll tell you that story another time.
Because bottom line is that I didn’t just scream a bunch of stuff or fight with some strangers on social media, and then walk away. I volunteered. I wrote letters. I signed petitions. I even brought my kids to protests and dragged their friends and made them sit through boring political meetings that went nowhere. But, I raised awareness in some way or another. In other words, I acted. Ok, so I admit, I still engaged in some brawls on social media, but I’m human. Even I have difficulty walking away from some idiot who cannot articulate a point and is short on facts. Its sort of a weakness of mine, though, I am getting better.
The news is hard to take lately. Harder to take is the commentary that is popping up from people who think that they are adding to a conversation that will lead to change when all they are really doing is making noise.
Go walk the walk. Conversation is great. Debate can be empowering. But follow it up. Do something. Say something. Don’t just argue the same point on social media and then share some stupid meme. Be the change you want to see in the world. Actually be the change.