A couple of years ago, I did a post called “Why I’m So Mean” where I explained that I’m not really a mean person, people just take it that way because they don’t like to be told that they’re wrong. People get so emotionally attached to their opinions, beliefs and ideas that when anyone even suggests that their opinions, beliefs and ideas might not be true, they get pissed and call you names. Yes, I’m a meanie because I actually care if the things that people believe are actually true and I’m not at all concerned whether or not their false beliefs make them feel good. I get similar criticism for being negative, I’m always so down on the world, pointing out all of the things that are going wrong and being incessantly pessimistic.
It is my job to be negative, to find problems, locate weaknesses, examine issues and come up with ways to correct them in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness. It’s what I do. Even if it wasn’t something I was paid to do, I’d do it anyhow because there is nothing out there that couldn’t benefit from correcting issues. Nothing is perfect, no way of thinking, no way of working, no way of believing, all of them have problems that ought to be located, evaluated, studied and corrected. We may never achieve perfection but it’s an admirable goal regardless. We should all be willing to look at the things that we do objectively and seek out the downsides so that we can improve our interests. We should want to improve the things around us, we should constantly be on the lookout for ways to make things better, more efficient, more rational, etc. I may criticize things but I also offer suggestions on how to fix the negatives. I’m not all doom and gloom, I’m trying to make this planet a better place to live for all of us.
It doesn’t make sense to me for people to be so overwhelmingly positive all the time. It’s like saying “oh look, the Muslims are strapping bombs to children and blowing them up, isn’t that great?” It’s like people are terrified that if they acknowledge that anything bad is going on, they’ll just make it worse. That’s ridiculous, you can’t fix the bad things until you admit they’re really there and are willing to roll up your sleeves and attack the issue head on. Maybe that’s the thing, people are lazy and don’t want to recognize the problems because they’ll feel obligated to do something about them. It’s much easier to link arms and sing kumbayah and wish the bad things away into the corn field. I’m sorry, problems don’t go away just because we want them to. There are tons of people out there who only want to look at the good and pretend the bad doesn’t exist. I want to look at the bad and fix it so that the good is the only thing left. I don’t hide my head in the sand and pretend everything is great. It’s not. We know it’s not. There are massive, massive problems with religion that have to be addressed. There are huge issues with politics that we need to correct. We can’t do that without opening an honest dialogue and being willing to come to conclusions based on the evidence, logic and reason. So why will so few people actually talk about the issues? I don’t know but I’m going to keep being “negative” if that’s what’s required, whacking people over the head with the bad parts until they are willing to take part in the solution.
At least I’m being realistic which is more than I can say for many others.