Dear Friends on the Internet,
Whenever you are trying to do something positive, even if it isn’t earth shattering (Guess what? Most times it won’t be.) and someone responds with “it isn’t really going to do anything anyway” or a sarcastic “great, maybe next you can help me…” just ignore them and don’t even bother responding. Just do the thing you were going to do. You know why?
THOSE PEOPLE BRING NOTHING TO THE TABLE. THEY ARE WORSE THAN THE PEOPLE ARGUING THE OPPOSITE SIDE* BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH SEEMING WITTY THROUGH USELESS SNARK OR BEING “SO RIGHT” THAT THEY NEVER HELP ANYONE.
And if you’re the kind of person who does this, just shut up and work on yourself a while. You aren’t smarter than anyone. You’re afraid to do anything and you don’t need to hold others back to make yourself feel better.
“Oh, but that’s not what I’m doing” you think, “it’s just that I know it’s dumb that they’re wasting their time so I’m letting them know.”
Let me stop you right there for two reasons 1. Nobody asked you. Seriously, no one asked you. Just because we all put so much on the internet doesn’t mean that anyone actually asked you. As we all navigate how to exist in this new technology, let’s be open to the fact that not everything up here NEEDS you to weigh in on it.** 2. You clearly know nothing, because nothing gets done without trying and failing, and failing way more times than you succeed. It’s true. Ask almost any person that has ever achieved the kinds of things you are likely jealous of.
I’m so fucking sick and tired of having a harder time talking to people who agree with me about certain issues than I would having a conversation with people who disagree with me just because everyone is in some mad rush to have an opinion but doesn’t bother thinking about it first.
Or worse, they talk out of their ass on the internet, which is crazy to me because the web is an incredible research tool and you’re already on it. Don’t tell me you didn’t have time to quickly look up the issue before responding when you are accessing the worlds easiest way to find out more about said issue! You’re not standing in the middle of a field with no signal having a conversation. You are clearly online. If you got on this website, you can get on others!
Either help or get the hell out of the way. Go leave snarky comments on random IMDB pages. Everyone is always dying for opinions over there.
*Really, you shouldn’t even be thinking of the people on the other side as enemies or as being bad if you want to be able to have any realistic discourse with them but that is another rant altogether.
** The snarkiest of snarky will point out “but Daisy, no one asked YOU either so why are you writing this?” To which I would respond “yes, genius, that’s why I posted it on my own website and didn’t go around spamming others with it. You wanna read it, read it, you don’t, then you don’t need to actively navigate to this page.”