I feel as if Tumblr as a whole gets upset far too easily. If you see someone doing something, like, say, eating meat (this is just an example), you can bet there will be someone there to viciously attack the person.
They will insult them, degrade them and harass them so that the whole world knows what an awful person they are. But when it comes straight down to it, harassment of that nature isn’t beneficial to anyone, not even the one sending it.
What does the sender achieve? What kind of a life must one lead, in which they are filled with so much negativity that they must delegate it to others? Why would someone choose to live their life this way? Not only are you lowering the quality of life of another human being, you are lowering the quality of your own. Calling someone “disgusting” and berating their life choices- regardless of which choice that may be- makes you no better than those at places like the Westboro Baptist Church, where religious extremists do just the same thing to people every day.
It also does not help the other party. Do you honestly think that someone is going to listen to you while you berate them and insult them? Do you really think insulting someone’s choices will make them “see the light”? Because it won’t. You aren’t facilitating change; you’re facilitating hate.
The point of this post isn’t to upset anyone. It’s to ask Tumblr to be a little more positive. Try to be happy. Optimistic. Don’t harass those around you for their life choices. It will make everyone happier. Try not to be hateful. Because for every nice and accepting person on Tumblr, there is a veritable hoard of hateful people standing right behind them.
So let’s just try and get along, all right?
I would even extend this more broadly toward American culture as a whole. Not just Tumblr. These days, when two party’s have a disagreement, they fight it out to the death. The other side must not coexist! And I’m not just talking politics. I’m also talking Janet vs. Americans who hate breasts; Kanye vs Taylor; [Insert comedian here who said comedic stuff] vs. [people who don’t share that comedian’s sense of humor]
It’s becoming more and more frequent that when someone to does or says something someone disagrees with, they get bullied into an apology or into disappearing all together. Some even receive death threats.
Now, death threats are an extreme example of harassment and it can be argued that the they come from the most extremist of personalities, who are few, existing on the fringes of any group. I would agree, mostly.
It can also be argued that dissenting voices tend to be loudest due to their passion. We barely hear from the kind and thoughtful personalities because they’re so soft spoken. Again, I would agree with this.
However, any amount of unkindness and lack of civility helps no one or a situation…if, in fact, helping is what these people are trying to do. Sometimes I’m not so sure. And the mentality of such individuals tends to imply that they are immune to making mistakes themselves, which is obviously untrue.
When we do something dumb, we let it slide with an explanation, but when someone else does something dumb, we crucify them.
It seems that portions of American society is losing comprehension of the subtle options in between love and hate, good and bad, right and wrong etc. There’s usually a middle ground, but we seem to be blinded by the forest of “Likes and Dislikes”. Indifference, tolerance, understanding, and the concept of “Live and Let Live” is becoming a lost art.