Tired of Fighting

(Hopefully, this is my LAST pandemic post)

It seems like we humans have done nothing but fight and judge for the last twenty years, and I am sick and tired of it.

Political Correctness has run a muck. Though after some research, I wonder if it was ever a good thing. Turns out, according to Britannica, “The term first appeared in Marxist-Leninist vocabulary following the Russian Revolution of 1917. At that time it was used to describe adherence to the policies and principles of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (that is, the party line).”

But today’s “political correctness” is dividing and is an excuse to point fingers.

The 24-hour news cycle certainly doesn’t help, nor does social media. We’ve mistaken “journalism” with “factual news.” Journalism, much to the general population’s disadvantage, includes “feature writing,” which has NOTHING to do with facts. Think the Weekly World News Tabloid of the 1990’s which frequented stories about “bat boy” and “alien abductions.” Not exactly what we’d expect Peter Jennings to report. Then again…

If there’s one thing the media is good at, and I mean all media, it’s finding humanity’s open wounds and pouring salt into them over and over. And we buy into it every single time.

The pandemic is only the latest scab for the media to capitalize on. They use our own fear of what might happen to their advantage. They’ve figured out that facts are boring, but sensationalism sells, and it sells big.

There is no such thing as a “reporter” anymore. I’m sorry, I don’t believe a single one of them. One of my local news stations right now has the slogan “Facts not Fiction” with regards to the pandemic. Yeah, it’s going to take more than a catchy slogan to get me to believe.

Kevin Jones wrote a great article a few years ago on medium.com about how the media has created “more drama by making politicians into stars and pitting the two national parties against each other” and “it has worked like a charm.”

But here’s the thing.

I can’t be the only one who is sick and tired of this mess. It makes me sad to think that my kids have never known a world where they could sit down and watch the news for thirty minutes and learn everything they needed to know about the news of their world. Remember those days? I do, because I remember how boring the news was. No teenager wanted to watch it, unless you were the Alex P. Keaton type of teen, which I most certainly wasn’t.

Now we’re all armchair journalists with an opinion, and it’s tearing us apart.

There is no middle ground anymore. There is no “I voted for candidate A” and “You voted for candidate B” now let’s go to lunch. Instead, it’s “I voted for candidate A, to bad we can’t hang out anymore because that means your a racist.” What?! That’s quite a leap!

And this pandemic hasn’t made it any better.

If I want to go back to work to feed my family, I’m an irresponsible monster who doesn’t care about their fellow man. Or if I want to stay at home, I’m an irresponsible monster who doesn’t care about the good of the economy. How can we possibly come together?

Maybe if we stop letting OTHER PEOPLE tell us what to think. Other people, being the media, who have their own personal stylists and can afford to have their groceries delivered and have NO IDEA what it takes to walk in my shoes.

If you are afraid of getting sick, stay home. If you want to go back to work, then go back to work. I won’t fault you for either logic. Probably because I’ve been working at the grocery store this whole time as an expendable worker and just want people to stop acting like they’ve lost their minds.

Let’s go back to thinking for ourselves. No politician, news person, or even neighbor knows your situation. If you want to help, then help. If you want to smile, go for a walk, go for a drive, wear a mask, not wear a mask, whatever your thing is, I won’t judge you. If making jokes about the whole situation is the only thing that’s keeping you sane, I won’t call you insensitive. If this pandemic has touched you personally, then I am deeply sorry.

I hope we can get through this, because it isn’t the worst thing we’ve ever experienced. And I hope we can come out the other side better off, because twenty years of this crap is enough.

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29 comments

  1. Thanks. I share your perspective. The problem, however, is that it remains a minority opinion. It is otherwise obvious we have reached a point in time in America in which we have actual proof that the majority has been captured. This is not necessarily the end, though, and far from it. All things are possible with God. Blessings to you.

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  2. I’m sick of it, too! And that is so funny, because while talking to my hubby the other day, I literally compared today’s journalism with the bat-boy tabloids from the 90s. That’s what it has become.

    What is also frustrating is trying to get information during this time, and journalists trying to get “gotcha” moments out of the President instead. Like, could we please ask relevant questions? People are suffering out here.

    Thank you for the sobering post!

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  3. I completely forgot how boring news used to be when I was a teenager. Now, it seems that 4-year-olds have an opinion on everything that’s going on in the world. Thanks for reminding me of that. Well done.

    Some people wear masks even when driving in a car by themselves. Some people go out to a populated place and do not wear one. You’re right – we shouldn’t be forced to do one or the other. We should be able to choose for ourselves. The problem is that many people actually need to be told what to do because they cannot think for themselves. These people usually end up listening to the wrong things…

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  4. This makes so much sense. I think I will go outside and see if I can find someone who disagrees. You perfectly stated what the world used to and should still be. But, we do have an adversary, whose main goal is to steal, kill, destroy, divide, separate, and whisper little mean thoughts into our ears.

    But, as Jesus said, we must be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. I think that “perfect’ is “complete”, having everything we need to love the way He loves.
    AAAH…Agape.

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  5. Lisa, thank you. And, thanks to Ann for directing us to your blog. Yes, you are not alone! Many of us are there with you, but we probably are in the minority. My comfort is in knowing that God is in control, and that he knows what he is doing, and that he is working all this out for the good of those of us who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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