I almost killed this blog a couple of times. I will write another post about that, I actually have had a lot to say lately but I have felt like it is just a lot safer to say it in the echo chamber of sensible people from both sides of the isle that don’t want to buy into the current hatred going on in the world. I do think it is worth nothing that we are under attack. What I mean by we is sensible people that just want to leave in peace and harmony with others regardless of their ideas and what they do in the bedroom. While that might sound like a liberal idea, it is not. Many conservatives also want to live and let others live. Learning not to judge others is not a liberal idea. So how do we cope in a world like we are now seeing? The answer is quite simple. Love. If you do anything today or don’t want to finish reading this because you already find me to be rambling, watch this.
His name is Christian Picciolini and you can find more about his organization Life After Hate. He said something that is extremely important. No intellectual argument ever got to him in the topic of racism. The only thing that started to change his way of thinking was the compassion that others showed him. The love. That is what is important. That is what will make other people see the other side. I similarly heard a story about a Trump supporter giving a $450 dollar tip. With the tip, the following message was left.
“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people,” the note said. “Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless!”
Now I know some of you will probably say that you are beyond trying to be nice and show compassion to bigots and hateful people that are going to drive our country into the ground. I am sad to inform you that you have been successfully trolled. A lot of what is going right now is no more than a very well orchestrated abuse of a system. And you are playing right into their hands. Misinformation and anger are the troll’s best weapons. Your “tears” sustain them. If you are a little lost is because trolling is something more internet savvy people have experienced for years. We learn to recognize them in forms and eventually they go away, implode or just grow up. For some context I would invite you to read I helped create the Milo trolling playbook.
You need to learn to cope with that noise and make sure you are not amplifying a message that is not only annoying but potentially dangerous. We need to make sure that we don’t legitimize that message by amplifying it. That is why I refuse to even take that character seriously, because at the end of the day he is just trying to get a rise out of anyone that will listen.
Now if none of this is helping you cope, maybe some loud music will…