“Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.”
- Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)
Ahh…pettiness. It eats away at the very fabric of society. Narrow minds, ideas and views corrupt the very souls of people, causing a lack of civility and generosity.
And that’s sad.
Anger, deceit, jealousy, distrust and greed…all petty little emotions that turn potentially decent people into puerile imbeciles. It makes me weep for the future…because each and every one of them will pass their mentality and moral degeneracy on to their children.
It’s with narrow minds that we learn to hate those around us. Whether it be a neighbor, a co-worker, a fellow shopper in a store or someone who had the nerve to drive on the same road…is anyone really deserving of our contempt? And what for? Because they don’t have anything in common with you? Because they got the last box of your favorite pop-tarts? Because they dare pull out in front of you and go the speed limit? Or because you don’t like the way they look or the way they dress?
That’s what we call pettiness.
There are 6.5 billion people in the world, 298 million people in the United States, of which 8.7 million live in New Jersey…with that many people, not everyone is going to like each other. And that’s okay. It’s when we take it a step further, when the dislike turns to hatred, when hatred manifests itself as acts of aggression, that our morality comes into question.
It’s a lesson in depravity.
And the lengths to which people will go astounds me. Gossip, back-stabbing, lying, wishing ill-will, etc. Are we so devoid of morals and empathy that we could, with intent, undermine a fellow human simply to satisfy our own needs? And if we can, what does that say about us? Can we think of ourselves as good people knowing that we targeted someone, willfully, out of spite?
Your malevolence is noted.
Don’t ever think that your hostility towards someone goes unnoticed. Despite your best efforts, facial expressions and body language will give you away every time. Whether or not you care will be a testament to your character.
A conscience is a funny thing.
Those who possess one feel remorse after treating a person poorly and make a conscious effort not to repeat their mistake. Those without one go out of their way to be intentionally cruel, feel proud of themself for their actions, brag about it to others and do it again. So how do you know if you have a conscience? It’s easy. If you can intentionally hurt someone and still sleep at night, you don’t have one.
Don’t fool yourself.
You can keep telling yourself that you are a decent human being until the cows come home, and it may be enough to convince yourself, but it won’t convince anyone else. If pettiness is the driving force behind your actions and your words, then you live a sad existence. I would pity you if you were worth the effort.
So what’s the point in this? Very simple. I want to be everything you’re not. So I want to thank you. You have helped me become a better person.
“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”
- Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
“Ignorance is innocence – stupidity comes with experience.”
Nothing aggravates me more than lewd, simple-minded, racist assholes. Oh you know the type. The ones that sit there in normal, civilized conversations and think it’s okay to spout appalling comments about anyone that is not like them. The ones that say that we should just make a parking lot out of the entire country, kill them all, who needs “those kinds of people” anyway. The ones that say such-and-such race needs to go back to their own country, or that this race are all terrorists, and that race are all greedy, and this other race is all on welfare…
Guess what? That makes you a racist moron. And that means you’re not fit to breathe the same air as me, let alone occupy the same area.
I’m issuing you a warning right here and now…if you spout that verbal garbage around me, I will rip into you so bad you won’t even know what hit you. I will verbally annihilate you. By the time I’m done chewing you out, you will be in a fetal position in the corner of the room with soiled shorts.
I don’t want to hear racist comments and I don’t even want to hear jokes. I don’t care who you heard it from…whether it be your friend, your co-worker, your grandmother or Jesus Christ himself…if there’s even an ounce of racism in that joke, zip your lip because I don’t want to hear it. I don’t even want to hear you telling it in the other room. Sexism, racism, prejudices based on one’s skin color, religion, place of origin, etc…none of it has a place in civilized society.
I once heard someone say that their father wouldn’t go to a particular theater to see a movie because there were too many black people there. Well, ya know what? Your father’s a racist piece of shit. And I hope that hurts your feelings. Don’t sit here and laugh about it either, because it’s not funny, your father isn’t funny, he’s is a pathetic, uneducated, simpleminded, racist asshole. Here’s a bit of info for your father about African Americans next time you see him…
Granville T. Woods (1856-1910)
Received his first patent in 1884 for a steam boiler furnace. His many later patents included a system that enabled telegraph lines to carry voice signals; an induction telegraph for sending messages to and from moving trains; and electromechanical and electromagnetic railway brakes.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
Developed several hundred industrial uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans.
Garrett A. Morgan (1877-1963)
Patented the first traffic signal in 1923. Morgan made national news when he used another of his inventions—the gas mask—to rescue several men trapped in a tunnel beneath Lake Erie. Morgan’s mask was soon adopted by firemen around the world, and was also refined for use by the United States Army during World War I.
Frederick McKinley Jones (1893-1961)
Most remembered for introducing the first practical refrigeration system for trucks and railroad cars, a system that completely changed the food transport industry.
Charles Richard Drew, M.D. (1904-1950)
American surgeon Charles Richard Drew conducted pioneering work in blood storage and transfusion techniques. Drew showed that blood plasma lasts longer than whole blood, a medical breakthrough that enabled the creation of the modern blood bank.
What’s your lazy-assed, pathetic excuse for a father done lately? Oh yeah? Nothing. Yeah, I figured that. Tell him I said I. Then tell him I said he’s a worthless piece of garbage. Thanks. *waves*
Every race. Every religion. Every group of people have their bad seeds. Their stains. Their embarrassments. Their idiots. Whether they be white, black, brown, red, blue, green, pink, yellow, aquamarine or purple. Don’t think your people are any different.