I decided a long time ago to no longer watch the news or peruse news sites. I could no longer tolerate the avalanche of bad news I would digest on a daily basis. War. Murder. Rape. Inequality. Hatred. I couldn’t take it any more and had no desire for their constant reminders.
Sadly, actively avoiding the news doesn’t mean I still don’t see or hear things about current events. I’m on Twitter. My fellow bloggers sometimes use their blogs as a platform from which to opine on current news. My Facebook feed is increasingly filled more and more with news, both local and global.
Here are a few examples of news stories that can currently be found in my Facebook feed:
- Teen Slices Off Penis and Stabs Mother
- Cormac McCarthy’s Ex-Wife Assaults Him With Gun Pulled From Vagina
- World Watches as Iraq Implodes
- Bus Catches Fire
So much bad news. So much negativity. So much sadness. So much stupidity. I’m fed up with it. I’m tired of the constant reminders of humanity’s inhumanity. Even here, in the blogosphere, I am not immune to the stupidity of the general public. I felt compelled to publish a post not long ago where I ranted (quite profanely) about a great blogging friend of mine receiving gobs of hate mail for no other reason than having a successful blog. Disgusting.
The straw that broke the camel’s back broke the camel’s back tonight. While chatting with a blog friend, I was informed that a fellow blogger who has recently posted a great deal about body image and weight issues was left a comment calling her fat and ugly. I snapped.
What’s wrong with people? Ugh…I hate people. I formally declare myself not human. I don’t know what I am, but fuck humans.
The more I thought about it, the more I embraced my reaction. Why would I want to be a part of a race that treats its own kind so horribly? Why should I want to be a part of a race that murders its own? A race that hates so freely and strongly? A violent race that butchers and rapes its own kind? A race that demeans others simply because they’re different?
The answer to all of those questions is: I don’t.
I know not all humans are evil, but the onslaught of misdeeds by humanity is just too great for me to bear. So I’m seceding from the human race. If war, hatred, greed, racism, sexism, and persecution are the human way, then you can count me out. I want nothing to do with that.
I’m going to start a new race. A race where peace replaces war. A race where love replaces hate. A race where tolerance replaces intolerance. A race where kindness replaces violence. A race where benevolence replaces greed. A race where equality replaces inequality.
I’ve yet to select a name for my new race, but will you join me? Will you turn your back on the dark side and walk in the light? Will you help me choose a name for my new race and spread the positive word? I could certainly use your help.