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CONTENT ADVISORY: This blog post is a major change-of-pace from my usual fare and also contains strong language. Many people have applauded this post, but you may find it a turn off — and that’s fine.
It is complete bullshit that inauthentic assholes without an ounce of integrity keep rising, while others who try to do right are left to struggle.
I am so tired of seeing douchebags in the news and on the cover of magazines. I am tired of seeing people get famous for being narcissistic assholes.
I am tired of having my privacy violated from all directions as if it is for my own good.
I am tired of seeing the rich get richer and crooks get rewarded with bonuses.
Steal a fountain drink and go to jail. Rob millions of people of billions of dollars and get a bonus at the end of the year.
Get caught smoking crack, even McDonalds would fire you. But if you’re a high-ranking member of the government — where it is your job to be a responsible and trustworthy extension of the voice of the people? No problem. “Everyone makes mistakes.”
I am tired of seeing others get rewarded for cheating the system and playing into people’s fears or making promises they cannot or do not keep.
I am tired of “12 ways to get…”, “3 simple things you can do to…” and “Try this one simple trick…”
This is just manipulative and it’s over-the-top ridiculous.
We are surrounded by bullshit.
Why do we keep buying into it? Why do we keep rewarding the people and companies who do this?
There are so many truly good, truly talented people in the world who are truly worthy of promotion, and yet I need to see the fact that one of my friends “likes” that the (cancer-causing) McRib is back at McDonalds while others promoting health, kindness, love, and integrity starve for exposure?
Go seek out someone who hasn’t sold out.
Go seek out someone who appears authentic.
Go seek out someone who doesn’t manipulate people.
Go seek out someone who could use the exposure.
Go HELP THEM. Not the people or companies who sit back and manipulate you and keep getting away with it.
Stop rewarding the people and companies who abuse and take advantage of you.
Stop letting your life be dictated by a box or a product.
Stop letting people convince you that you need things you don’t. That you will be happier with more. You won’t.
Stop wasting your time following someone else’s idea of the ideal life.
Focus on your health and well-being.
Focus on becoming a better person.
Focus on finding ways to make a positive difference in the world.
Focus on finding truly positive role-models and heroes.
The following comic (XKCD 137) supplements this post nicely:
- Marketing and media manipulation
- A tough pill to swallow
- Stop wasting your time following someone else’s idea of the ideal life.
- Not giving a damn is not the answer