“I think we can go ahead and blame Google for providing faster-than-light info, and Facebook for inculcating most people’s grandiose self-predications. And Instagram & Twitter? No comment. So, nothing is a secret and everyone is out there. Great.”—F. Theresa Gillard
Status: Quo Minus
By F. Theresa Gillard
BOSTON Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—9/14/2015—OK, my trusty readers (and other trusty strangers), welcome! Now let’s be honest here. Having Multiple Sclerosis (my so-called blessing) sucks but, even considering my MS-scarred-brain status quo, I still find I’m smarter than most . . . which is truly scary, if also funny. Luckily for me, it all keeps me musing. My quaggy thoughts blaze right by most folks, but I’m about to share some of them with you anyway.
(Have you noticed how many times I’ve used the first person singular—like did you forget that this is Weekly Hubris?)
Seriously, is anyone awake out there? Most days, I am quietly thinking: I am surrounded by idiots. Simultaneously, the idiots are vilifying me, thinking she is such an idiot. Yeah, sure. Let’s go with that, because the Lord knows that if their superannuated notions ever got above the clouds, we’d all be bored out of our minds. Don’t act like you don’t know any of these pompous jerks.
I think we can go ahead and blame Google for providing faster-than-light info, and Facebook for inculcating most people’s grandiose self-predications. And, Instagram & Twitter? No comment. So, nothing is a secret and everyone is out there. Great.
These days, you’d do well to Google yourself regularly. Who knows what’s floating around the Google universe? Hell, who would want to know? Why? Really, why would people care about what other people are doing, especially since they don’t even remotely know them? Apparently, most want to know it all anyway.
Basically, I’m referencing cognizance. Is there any awareness without smart phones, tablets, Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Ask.com, YouTube, and countless other at-your-fingertips options? Does anyone know how to write a check? I do, but I do admit I don’t even know where my checkbook is.
Just line me up with the fuddy duddies. We didn’t have Google, Wikipedia, or Dictionary.com. We had this thing called a library. A place you had to physically visit and use the card catalog to find stuff. This took a lot of time and effort. You could spend hours and days finding references and researching your subject. So that, by the end of it, you really did learn something. You couldn’t help but learn.
Can you imagine a world without spellcheck, thesaurus, and undo? Those of us who lived back in that find-it-yourself world worked harder and gained more from the experience. We have more time these days, but what do we do with it?
Now, all of this tech-madness has led to several global misconceptions. I will gladly share these with you.
No. 1: You are not a genius. Your parents have been lying to you your entire life.
No. 2: You did not win. You don’t always win. That trophy means nothing. Here’s a rule of thumb: Did you actually come in in first place? If not, then you did not win.
No. 3: You do not rule the world. No one does, unless you are The One. Let me help you out here. You are not The One.
No. 4: Looks do count. A lot. A lot. This will never change, unless we are all clones.
No. 5: Wake up. No one owes you anything. Stop whining and go make something of yourself or . . . sit down and shut up.
No. 6: It is all about who you know or who you don’t know. Get to know people. Like, listen to them (put the phone down!) and really get to know them.
No. 7: Just because you think it, doesn’t mean you should say it. As a matter of fact, take some time to really think before you speak. Nine times out ten you won’t need to say a thing.
No. 8: Are you serious? Right, I didn’t think so (see No. 5).
No. 9: Your age is relative to a bunch of factors. Major one being, who you hang out with and who they hang out with. If they’re older, you feel younger and vice versa.
No. 10: A little accountability will solve most problems. No, I mean you being accountable and taking responsibility for your own actions, not the other person. Pay it forward.
Now, listen. I’ve said all of that to get to this. Our heads are constantly filled with what’s out there. It’s thrust upon us and, mostly, it gets sopped up like my Mama’s gravy. Listen and mark my words, it ain’t Mama’s gravy. The recipe is tainted. Not even a whisper is left. So, skip the gravy.
Skip it. Instead, pause and look around. Visit a library and park your own car. Take a good long look at yourself and fess up. Streak in your house (make sure you’re home alone) and get dressed up. Take a nice meandering walk and reflect. Look into a child’s eyes and see what they see. Put everything away that calls itself smart for an hour daily and see what happens. Admit a loss and celebrate a win. Live and let live. Give a sincere compliment and accept one. Step back, not up, or reverse it.
Otherwise, there’s plenty of gravy out there. You may continue to sop it up with the masses . . .