The Public Mass has Horrible Karma

November 28th, 2005 - 2:50pm by Slye Fox

I'm sure we've all been party to being cut-off, tailgating, flipped fingers, honking horns and other impatience during our daily commutes. What does any of this achieve besides raising the collective temper of everyone around? It's a pointless thing to prevent someone from merging by speeding up just so you can be in front. I know preschoolers with better manners. How many of the people that you flick off in traffic would you do the same to without the ability to hide within the interior of your locked car.

It's not just traffic, however. A lot of people seem to have this mindset in which the world owes them something just because they exist. And given the opportunity, they release this frustration by behaving in ways our children would be ashamed of. Sorry to be harsh, but that's pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I believe we must earn the advantages in life that are available and be accountable for our own mistakes. I dare you to be honest with yourself and then come up with the real reason you don't have what you want. Nine times out of ten, the underlying reason is a lack of motivation to do anything about it besides complain. Or you've spent so much time rationalizing that you've lost site of the possibilities altogether.

If you're a slacker, then why should part my paychecks go to your well-being? If you're a minority, the fact that you are does not equal entitlement of any sort. There's a big difference between being oppressed and using others' oppression to fuel your own anger. We're all equal here after all. Same ancestors, same evolution. It's only our society and the way we interact with it that results in the problems that we all face today.

I don't consider myself a follower of any doctrine out there. But I do think that the world is a better place when some of those most basic concepts are actually followed. Remember the one that goes "treat your neighbor as you would yourself?" I don't think much further clarification is even necessary. Don't you feel bad when someone lies to you? Of course -- so then tell the truth. Wouldn't it suck a whole lot to discover your sweetheart is cheating on you? Of course it would -- then don't find yourself in a position that gives your partner cause for concern. It's very simple folks. Common sense.

I definitely understand that it can be hard some days, especially before morning coffee, but that again allows no entitlement of any sort. When you're being an ass, you know it. Don't expect anything except the same treatment from others. Everything in life is a choice. Do your best to choose for the better good. Think before you spew forth your opinions. Most times in such cases you only succeed in creating a lessened character image in your the eyes of your peers anyway. Remember to be open-minded and accept that not everyone shares your perspective. That does not make them wrong or make you right. Never assume that you are above or below someone in your imaginary social tier. You can't possibly know them well enough to form such an opinion. If you meet them again, their actions will soon provide that evidence for you. Be happy with the knowledge that you're making the world around you a better place when you treat people with respect.

November 28, 2005 - 8:04pm
Vixen says:

Hear ye hear ye - the rants of a sound mind indeed!

Thanks for putting a voice to something we all needed to hear. I admire your perspective, and appreciate your stand. You are surely one of those people who make a choice to make it a better world around you. ~ Vixen

December 6, 2005 - 2:04am
Rabbit says:

Relating back to what you said on common sense...
I found this a few days ago and was depressed at the truth of it.



Today, we mourn the passing of an old friend by the name of "Common Sense". Common Sense lived a long life but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium.

No one really knows how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes, factories and offices, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare or foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense. He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the rain, the early bird gets the worm and life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids). A veteran of the industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technology revolution, Common Sense survived cultural trends including body piercing, whole language, "new math"?, and don't ask don't tell. But his health declined when he became infected with the "If-It-Only-Helps-One-Person-It's-Worth-It"? virus.

In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of federal regulation. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by lawyers and auditors. His health rapidly deteriorated when schools implemented policies where a 6-year old boy is charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen is suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher is fired for reprimanding an unruly student.

Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims, and federal judges invaded everything from Boy Scouts to professional sports. As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic, but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations for asbestos, low flow toilets, "smart"? guns, and mandatory air bags and he was in dis-belief when told that homeowners associations restricted exterior furniture only to that which enhanced property values. It was the aftermath of the 2000 Presidential election that caused him to breathe his last breath.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son Reason. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

December 6, 2005 - 12:47pm
Slye Fox says:


Although one needent label such bygone ways as "old fashioned", their ideology is time independant and are certainly rarer today than yesterday.

Gone is the time where a person's word was enough to go forward with.

Gone is the time when science and logic prevailed over prejudice and ignorance. (It's certainly looking that way anyway -- let's hope this changes.)