THIS WORLD

In a World where everything is said and done on Social Media, where the public is Judge, Jury, and Executioner, where am I to fit in?

I don’t think in terms of Black and White. To me there are always grey areas. This might be because of my experiences. I don’t know.

I do know while drinking and not knowing I was Bipolar I did things that the majority of the public would shun me for. I’ve spent nights in jail and said ugly things to people and to inanimate objects.

I remember having an argument with a large horse one evening. It turned out to be a cardboard cutout for a Budweiser advertisement. I was too drunk and manic to know it. Should I be held accountable for the rest of my life because of it?

I’ve physically hurt other people while drinking. Most of them hit me first and 2 of them called me something I won’t repeat here. Should I be punished for the rest of my life because of it?

I know what it’s like to feel out of control and not understand why. I know what addiction does to a person physically and mentally. These are the reasons I try not to judge anyone else unless I see cold hard facts. If I see that a person hasn’t changed or tried to change their behavior and continues to make the same mistakes it just makes me sad.

I’m not talking about serial killers or serious criminals, I’m talking about people who have made or continue to make bad decisions that land them in minor trouble. Like I said I don’t believe everything I read, I look for the facts and at the person’s behavior, and decide for myself.

I don’t think that gives anyone the right to attack me for voicing my opinion on a subject that I have personally researched. When people refuse to see that sometimes things are not always so clear cut, when they won’t budge at all, when they deny that there might be some grey in there somewhere, these people are arguing just to argue. Right Fighters.

I know them well. You either agree with them or screw. My sister is one and her husband is one. My brother is one also. It’s why my brother and sister have not talked since my mom died. They can’t accept the flaws that each of them have, but I do. It makes it a difficult World to live in when you try to understand why someone did what they did or said what they said. Maybe if more people tried it would be a better World.

Today as I sat on the couch feeling the loneliest I’ve ever felt, I looked into my dog’s eyes and pleaded with him to love me. I didn’t say it out loud. He got up and stood in my lap. He put his front legs around my neck and pressed his cheek to mine while I cried. My father sat one seat over and never noticed a thing. I told my sister I’m getting worse and she asked if I could find a perfume for her on Ebay. So much for this World.

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Entitlement And The First Amendment

We have reached a point in our Society where too many people feel a certain amount of entitlement. They feel they are entitled to say whatever they want to whoever they want without any thought to who it may hurt.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT

You are allowed to express yourself without interference or constraint by the government.

WHAT’S PROHIBITED?

Fighting Words~ speech that would incite hatred or violence.

Advocating Illegal Activity~ speech encouraging others to engage in illegal activity.

There are limitations placed on speech like obscenity and defamation which are monitored but not prohibited.

When Social Media came along the Supreme Court had to take another look at the First Amendment but found that most of the responsibility would fall into the hands of the FCC who already had their hands full. Most of the sludge that should be flagged slips through their fingertips.

JUST MY OPINION

Lately when I go on YouTube or Twitter I find myself in a state of anger or disbelief. I become defensive on behalf of someone I either don’t know or if I do I can’t say it and defend them. It drives me crazier!!!! (I don’t want to hear about how I wrote the word crazy when I am crazy and I can call myself that if I want)

Maybe there should be a test given before you are allowed free reign over the internet or social media. Some of the test would involve IQ type questions and some psychological type questions. Makes sense to me because then I don’t feel the need to make an ass out of myself defending a good person you just called an “irrelevant teen without a soul sell out douchebag”. Green Day members are all in their 40’s! Who’s the American Idiot??! Irrelevant? Does Bono call you and talk about what you both can do to help a charity or cause? Didn’t think so. Irrelevant? Did you take a Punk/Rock album to Broadway??!!

I know I go on about this stuff but these are actual people that were once children. Some of them had great childhoods, some of them didn’t. Some worked their asses off to get where they are. Some have never forgotten who helped them along the way.

Look, I personally know some people that I do not have permission to name. They are great people. One in particular. He made sure my sister and her boyfriend had a couch when they needed one, he wants to be treated like a regular person when he visits and has stayed at their house enjoying the kids, he spent time with a homeless drug addict dying from AIDS (my Uncle Jimmy) when he didn’t have to, and he helped make my sister’s wedding even more special than it already was. Even though another Uncle asked for 50 autographs to sell on Ebay. He didn’t mind. My sister likes to keep up appearances. She doesn’t have to. Yes, some are assholes and act like it. But you don’t know what they have been through or what their real lives are like. Because they are on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t mean it’s open season to take petty shots at them anymore than it would be to do the same to me or anyone else.

CONCLUSION

I just don’t understand the trashing/bashing of celebrities that you chose to follow or chose to watch for the sole purpose of trying to embarrass or humiliate them.

In case you don’t realize it you’re a gnat, a flea in their universe, you only manage to annoy people like me. A thing that is highly ill advised given my fragile state. Wait? Did I over exercise my First Amendment Right?th