Don’t yell at me

When did it become a norm to berate, yell, and spew hate towards other humans just casually? Today only, I’ve witnessed three very separate incidences where humans were just being rather awful to one another. If you have a difference of opinion that is one hundred percent okay, in fact I think it’s rather neat. That is what makes the human race exciting and interesting that we all have different upbringings, life experiences, and thoughts swirling around our brains. It does not give you the right to enforce those thoughts onto others; especially in a very aggressive, public manor. Nor should it cause this domino effect of cancel culture because somebody said or did something a little off (in most pedestrian type cases, some exceptions*) Humans have collectively seem to forgotten about empathy, and basic, polite communication skills. It’s absolutely not appropriate to yell at strangers and touch or provoke them ever.  It should not be championed that people are in screaming matches with ‘bad people.’ It causes such huge clashes and is very dangerous. Every single human deserves to feel safe when they walk into a public space. Whether you are Black, White, Indigenous, Asian, disabled, queer, gay, trans, straight, conventionally beautiful, conventionally ugly, tattooed, pierced, short, tall, fat, skinny, mid-sized, rich, poor, blue collared or white collard, of any walk of life, you should be able to walk down the street without fear. Everybody deserves respect. Everybody deserves their personal space. Everybody deserves some humanity. If you don’t like their appearance, gender, sexuality, body, fashion, status that’s totally okay. That’s your prerogative and different strokes for different folks. That does not give you any right to mistreat them. You are not god. You are not the centre of the universe. You are not superior. Keep your ego in check. Be kind. You don’t know what people are going through, you haven’t lived their life. Of course disagreements will occur, but can we try to do it without destroying one another. Politely addressing concerns in a non-threatening way? Having good old fashioned debates? “He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits . If you are so unstable, and passionate about your grievances, then really you are not thinking logically. So as Nietzsche elegantly says, put your thoughts on ice, and find a proper avenue and receptive space to figure out you problems. Don’t yell at me. Don’t be an asshole. Play nice.

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