David Wong has long been one of my favorite writers. Last night I chanced upon something of his that really hit home, especially in light of the behavior I’ve seen on this website during the past week.
Maybe people are upset that President Trump won, or maybe they are upset that Tiger Woods is falling apart. Whatever the case, I can’t help but notice how uncivil (and unfunny) some commenters have become lately. One went off the deep end when I pointed out that this isn’t a place to spread fake political news stories. (I think that was probably a misreading, a mistaking of this as a conservative echo chamber website, when in fact it is staunchly apolitical — we’re strictly issues-based — and anti-groupthink of any sort.) Another commenter leaves nothing but personally insulting comments. Yet another told me Lanny H Golf is a “shit-site.”
David Wong’s article puts all this in perspective. The article is from 2012 and is entitled “6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person.”
Here are a few excerpts that hit home in regards to this website and deluge of attackers we’ve recently seen:
Happiness takes effort. Also, courage. It’s incredibly comforting to know that as long as you don’t create anything in your life, then nobody can attack the thing you created.
It’s so much easier to just sit back and criticize other people’s creations. This movie is stupid. That couple’s kids are brats. That other couple’s relationship is a mess. That rich guy is shallow. This restaurant sucks. This Internet writer is an asshole. I’d better leave a mean comment demanding that the website fire him.
Oh, wait, did I forget to mention that part? Yeah, whatever you try to build or create — be it a poem, or a new skill, or a new relationship — you will find yourself immediately surrounded by non-creators who trash it.
As long as they never produce anything, their work will forever be perfect and beyond reproach. Their effort would have been amazing. Not like the shit you made.
That last line make me laugh, having just been told my blog was a “shit-site.” So too did the line about the non-creators who love to trash the creators. I had just a couple of days earlier suggested one commenter start his own blog, and he wanted nothing to do with that. A non-creator who loves to trash the creators, eh?
Oh, well. To quote Steve Forbert, “It takes all kinds, well, listen, man, it don’t, but they’re all here.”