You’re No Expert

Dear Diary …

Where do I even start? I go on vacation for two weeks and it feels like the whole world has fallen apart. Every day you wake up and there’s a new terrible story in the news. And before you can even fully process that story … another one takes it’s place the next day.

It’s terrible … but what’s the solution? Honestly, I don’t know. But you know what else? Neither do you!

And by “you” I mean the person who sees the latest breaking news and immediately runs to social media to spew their opinion about it. No solutions … no discussion … just a one-sided rant about their own personal opinion.

In the last two weeks I see a lot posts from people who act like they’re an expert on all things legal, ethical, racial, and political … and yet and the same time here we all are, talking about “these are the two best candidates we can find to run for President?”

Well clearly it’s because the REAL experts have decided not to run for political office. Instead, they just keep their wisdom contained in ranty Facebook posts and Twitter attacks. That ain’t the solution.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … it starts with respect … and we gotta do more of it toward each other. We don’t have to agree on everything … and really we SHOULDN’T agree on everything … but we gotta respect each other’s opinions if we’re ever gonna get anything done.

And if you think you got all the answers … great! Then do something with ‘em. Don’t sit around and tell other people what to do from your keyboard … go and do it yourself.

I’ve seen that a lot this past week with the Pokemon Go stuff … people posting …

“These Pokemon players should be doing better things with their time. They should be out there handing out water to homeless people on the streets that are thirsty.”

Um … don’t see you handin’ out no waters to no homeless people. So don’t be telling them what to do. How about you try leading by example first, and then we can see where it goes from there?

And really … I don’t get the whole making fun of the Pokemon Go players anyway. If they wanna do it … good for them. It’s not any worse than fantasy football or just wasting an hour watching funny videos on YouTube. And furthermore … Given the real life news all around us … it sounds much more appealing to me right now to bury my nose in my phone and try to find me Squirtle or a Pikachu.

To be clear … I looked those names up on the web. I don’t play. I can’t. I’m that loser that still plays Candy Crush. I’ll get hooked. And then … I’ll get divorced. And I’m way too cheap to wanna pay for no divorce. But if you can handle it, more power to ya.

Anyway … respect. Give more of it. Then you’ll get more of it. Then you’ll give some more, then you’ll get some more. That’s the kind of cycle we need to start. This is America … start actin’ like it.

Till next time Diary … I say … Goodbye.