If you haven’t noticed a problem in our society, perhaps the MMQ on the Boston LODDs will help you get there. We have become reliant on the sound bite, a single picture, or a video to judge others. Instead of understanding, we rush to be the first to promote our own ego and to assume our expertise. When I posted New Beginnings the other day, one of the themes I had in mind was that my posts were too long. I get it. You want shorter. If you want longer, you’ll buy the book.
There are an overwhelming of individuals in our midst that, when a bit of news floats out there, rush to the execution of others basing their total knowledge on snippet of information. And worse, they do it with this self-serving, smug, know-it-all attitude like they have never screwed up a day in their life. It reminds me a little of the recently departed Fred Phelps, “pastor” of the Westboro Baptist Church. He and his followers, in their haste to denounce others, failed to realize that they too were guilty of sin. In the end, seeing their own fallibility, there was a desire for mercy, which sounds like the textbook definition of “irony”.
But while I actually LIKE that the Internet creates an environment in which nothing is sacred, there is a certain amount of consideration for others that must be involved as well. In my opinion, EVERYTHING should be up for examination, but we can be tactful and helpful in how we do it.
I think there is merit to putting long-held belief to the test of science. I think our values should be evaluated from time to time to see if they hold water. But regardless, even when I think I have a prima facie case, I try to understand that I wasn’t there and I don’t have all the facts. I try to be quick to apologize for any generalities I may make. And I know that, there but for the grace of God, go I.
Have some class and let the grieving subside before you race to the keyboard with your preconceived idiocy. If there really is something to what it is you have to say, it will still be valid when the time is right. I get that you may want to be the first on the block to have hater rights, but honestly, in our business, maybe you should just STFU until at least after the funerals. Show the world what it is like to actually exist in a brotherhood. Save the criticism for constructive and well-thought out fact sharing, not speculation. Approach the controversies with class, and we will be all the better for it in the long run. RFB-KTF-FTM