I’m one of those people who believes everyone has something good in them, even if you have to dig really deep. I also believe in treating others as I would like to be treated. This makes Señor tell me I’m too nice, and my family to have always believed I’m too naive. I like to bring out the good in people. I want their light to shine – not just for others to see and hopefully emulate, but for themselves. You just feel better when you’re happy.
The internet could do this, too, and many people, blogs, websites – they honestly try to make the world just a little bit brighter by highlighting the good things in the world. One of the best examples of this is Humans of New York (HONY). Brandon, the photographer, sets out to get people’s stories, and while some of them are sad, most are eye-opening and inspiring.
But then there are the sites in which I can only imagine miserable people sit behind the scenes writing stories and pushing “information” out to the masses. Unfortunately, this is the information that most people soak up and share among their social networks, not the good stuff.
Lately a lot of negative news and stories have been shared thanks to election season. Unfortunately, this season brings out mud slinging of the worst kind. Out of all the political ads I saw on TV, I would say there was only one positive ad for every three negative ads the candidate put out.
At least some of them were comedic. When Oberweis claimed Durbin singlehandedly broke Washington, I almost died of laughter. Seriously? Don’t worry, though. Durbin came back with a really clever ad, claiming you weren’t invited to Oberweis’ tea party – because Oberweis is a part of the GOP Tea Party. Get it? Good one, Durbin!
With the internet being so widely accessible to practically everyone in the US, the media has latched onto this better than any tick on Houdini ever has. (Those things are the worst). They are constantly putting out news stories, and most of them aren’t even worthy of being considered news. And usually every single story that is more than 4 paragraphs has at least one spelling error. It’s like the media outlets only care about getting the story out first – no matter what story it is – and are therefore sacrificing quality for quantity.
Gone are the days where journalists and reporters actually researched their stories and reported facts to the public. Every time I read something that is extremely slanted I go to factcheck.org. (This is a supreme example of what shoddy “references” are lurking on the internet nowadays.) When researching which candidates I should vote for this past election (yes, I actually researched instead of depending on the “news”) I had to actually use “unbiased” in my boolean string.
With political season also comes all the people voicing their (usually unwarranted) opinions. I usually excuse the people who don’t know what they’re talking about because they’re hopeless. They are the ones who state their opinion as fact without any actual facts to back it up, or use their emotions or “fairness” to argue a point. These are also the people who recycle phrases they hear other people say – again, without any research, so they’re most likely spewing incorrect information.
The people who truly disappoint me, however, are the “Christians” who use this time for their personal agenda, demonizing those who have different opinions. I recently read an article from a relatively famous speaker about monogamy. He was arguing against a professor who teaches monogamy is unnatural and unrealistic. I agreed with the piece he wrote, because he defended monogamy and said that yes, it is unnatural – because it is actually supernatural (read the whole thing here). So I started looking at his other work, other blog entries. Unfortunately, he’s a wolf in Christian clothing. He condemns those who do not 100% agree with the thoughts of the far right wing train of thought and I actually found his work to be lacking. During his anti-abortion rant, he actually said he doesn’t know why God decided to bestow such a painful thing as childbirth upon woman. Are you serious? This is in the FIRST book of the Bible.
His most disgusting post, however, was concerning the death of Robin Williams. He clearly does not understand depression, and I pray no one close to him ever experiences this terrible disease. I imagine he would sit with them and try to pray it away instead of believing in the totalitarian disease it truly is. (I bet he also believes you can “pray away the gay.”)
I digress – That guy really gets me worked up.
Christians are supposed to walk like Jesus. This means loving everyone and not judging them. Jesus hung out with prostitutes and liars and cheats. He encouraged his disciples to do the same. How else can you do your duty as a Christian and evangelize if you’re only hanging out with other Christians?
Loving everyone means just that – EVERYONE. Not everyone who has all the same opinions as you. Verbally attacking people because they support gay marriage or believe in pro-choice options for women would not be approved by Jesus. You cannot spew hate yet say you love Jesus all in one breath. This is precisely why people turn from the church – they cannot deal with the hypocrisy.
This is also why people stop voting. Every candidate turns out to be a hypocrite.
I don’t know if I can deal with any more election seasons having to hear about the “war on women” or the right to carry guns.
Can we fast forward to post-2016 presidential election, please?