Tuesday, February 21, 2012

some things are awesome, other things really test my nerves.

I recently ran across the brilliant tumblr Incorrect Sylvia Plath Quotes.  Basically, quotes from various pop culture references are incorrectly attributed to Sylvia Plath.  Simple, but genius.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm not sure when sensitivity to the feelings of others became a liability, but I would guess it was around the time that reality television became a thing and suddenly people could pretend that they were the star of their own program.  It really, really bothers me when I hear someone bragging about how rude they were or how little they cared about someone else's feelings.  Individuality and courage of conviction are to be commended, but so is decency.

Speaking of things that bother me, there are a few things making their way around the interwebz that just tick me right off.  Here's one of them.
I'm sorry, stupid cancer?  Stupid.  Cancer.  As someone who has lost both my father and my grandmother to cancer within the last 7 months, the idea of sending something around that starts with stupid cancer is horribly trivializing about a disease that had a huge and tremendously painful impact on my life.  Stupid snow?  Sure.  Stupid traffic?  Mmhm.  Stupid cancer?  Nuh-uh.  Not okay.  It's not often that something manages to be both trivializing and sanctimonious, but this little charmer does.  '97% of my friends won't re-post this, but 3% will.  Let's see who does.'  How dare someone imply that if I don't re-post this, it means I either don't care about or wasn't deeply effected by cancer.  If I'm going to do something in honor of the people I've lost to cancer, it's damn well going to be something more meaningful and impactful than a purposely guilt-inducing Facebook post.  (This isn't meant to offend anyone who has posted this, anyone who wants to post this, anyone who created this, yadda yadda yadda.  It's not meant to offend anyone, but it's opinion of one girl who finds it highly offensive.)

ugh.  now I have to look at some cat photos to get my blood pressure back to normal.

there.  that's better.

Now I'm going to get back to my homework.  Thanks for making it to the end of this ramble-y, ticked-off post.

4 comments:

  1. Man, am I with you. I hate all those guilt-provoking emails - if you won't forward/post, you don't support our troops, you aren't a real Canadian (or American), you don't believe in God, beating cancer, stopping animal abuse, fill in the blank. It's my mission in life to blatantly NOT forward or post those - no silly, badly written, chest-thumping paragraph tells me what to do! Thanks for expressing my disgust so eloquently!

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    1. I'm so glad I could put your irritation into words! Aren't those just the most annoying things? It certainly makes you wonder how many people forward or share them just so they don't lose face to person who sent it.

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  2. I agree with you both. Oh, and thank you, the kitties helped my blood pressure too.

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    1. Thanks for the support, Denise! Becoming a hermit looks more and more appealing every day... but thank goodness for kitties. There's nothing like an adorable cat to ease the aggravation of human interaction.

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