🙊 Shh 🙊 Open Thread
Did you ever wonder if the reason so many people cannot seem to think is because no one ever shuts up long enough to think? Perhaps they literally cannot hear themselves think?
I can remember my mother saying to my brother and I, “please be quiet, I can’t hear myself think.” I was to use those same words to my own kids a generation later.
We all have opinions about nearly everything. Often when we haven’t the knowledge to form a rational opinion we form an opinion anyway. Foolish but human. Until those opinions based on ignorance become reality in our minds. Just because we believe something to be true doesn’t make it so.
People that do that just look silly. Fortunately so many people are doing the same thing that looking silly is the new norm. And the “modish” don’t know they are looking silly because they never shut up long enough to acquire the knowledge necessary to realize their silliness. See how that works?
Never in the history of mankind have so many people had so many ways to connect with each other. Therefore never in the history of the world have so many people shown how silly, ignorant, nasty and venal they are. Hidden behind a keyboard and with an Avatar instead of a name they slither around like nasty little children on a school yard. And they will not be silent.
You cannot silence us they proclaim via Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media is their place to vent. No we cannot. No we should not be allowed to silence anyone. But common sense and decency should force people to muzzle themselves.
There are often good reasons why people are passionate about getting opinions expressed. If it is an important issue and we are knowledgeable about that issue expressing ourselves is fine, even commendable.
If we insist on expressing our opinions about damn near everything then we’re just babbling. There is, unfortunately a whole lot of babbling going on.
The Internet, in my opinion, is the best thing that ever happened to humanity. (But that’s just MY opinion.) It is also the worst thing that ever happened to humanity. (But that’s just MY opinion.)
Never have so many people had so many opportunities to connect with each other. And never have so many people had so many opportunities to be nasty to each other.
I don’t “do” Social Media. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instachat or any other of the numerous ways for people to connect. I comment on blogs and write a few posts of my own and send emails.
I read the “news” in many and varied places. I try my best to be well informed. If I am going to run my mouth and my keyboard I don’t want my own words and opinions to come back to bite me. Often, I simply remain silent in the onslaught of stupidity, intolerance and ignorance.
There is no arguing, or conversation possible with people who insult at the drop of a word without knowing what the hell they’re talking about. There is no reasoning possible with unreasonable people. The less they know the nastier they become. Armed with sound bites and headlines but nothing that requires deeper thinking they insist they will not be silent.
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
People who are good, decent and normal people in person often become repellent once ensconced behind the anonymity of a keyboard. I am talking about average, everyday members of the public – not celebutards. Certainly not media types that seek to inform us of their opinions instead of doing their job of informing us of the facts. Celebutards and media types cannot be silent – their own sense of self-importance won’t allow that.
Take this quote: Gwyneth Paltrow: “I am convinced that by eating biological foods it is possible to avoid a tumor.”
What else were you thinking of eating nitwit? Yet this fool has the chutzpah to tell others how to vote. I don’t take the opinions of celebrities with a grain of salt, I don’t take them at all.
Or how about this dandy from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: “I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.”
Yet the voters of California elected this dolt to be their Governor. Now of course they have, in their infinite wisdom, elected Jerry Moonbeam Brown. If these people want to succeed from the Union just wave them Bon Voyage and count ourselves lucky. We will have two less liberal Senators, far less illegals in the rest of the country and we can then build a wall to keep us safe from their lunacy.
Proverbs 10:19 Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.
Most politicians simply cannot be quiet. Even when it would be better for them if they did. Media is there to stick a microphone in their face and ask their opinion about everything.
Even the best of them cannot know everything about everything but Lord help the Republican who doesn’t have a ready answer for every situation. Whereas when it’s a Democrat: “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” ~ Barack Obama – stupid responses are fine. For all his supposed stupidity did George Bush ever say anything that foolish?
My whole point is that I think people talk too much and think too little and don’t take time to be silent and let their brain rest. Saying that I think I’ll do just that. Have a great day.