There are things that will never cease to amaze me. One of them is man’s endless stupidity. I’m talking about people who feel the constant need to shit on good things in other people’s lives, argue vehemently over meaningless things, spread outright lies and try to rile up people for no good reason.
Sure, the internet is a wonderful thing, there’s freedom of speech for most of us and I can take a joke… There’s all these excuses you usually hear, but don’t be fooled by them. There’s more to it. Do some people just like their own voice so much or are they simply better than the rest of us?
Nope. These people just haven’t figured out that their opinion is just that: their opinion. They haven’t realized that no matter how strongly they feel about something, other people might have different opinions. They haven’t figured out the difference between facts and opinions yet. They always need to be right.
Sure everybody thinks they’re right – who would want to keep on arguing knowing they’re wrong (aside from politicians and others in position to gain money/power from lying)? – but when it comes to opinions, these people just don’t get that others might not agree with them, or even worse, not care about their opinion at all.
Nonetheless, still – in 2011 – I keep on running into people who can’t figure out the difference between facts and opinions. Even better, they assume their opinions and personal taste are far superior to everybody else’s and the infidels must be converted!
So let me set the record straight: I am fully aware there are smarter, funnier, stronger, faster, better and wealthier people than me out there. I can be outdone in almost everything I will ever do in my life. Actually everything aside from one thing: being me. I am trying to live my life to the fullest, doing things I love and getting the most out of them. If someone doesn’t like it, so be it. I don’t mind and you can tell me so, but if you think your opinion means anything more than that to me, I feel very sorry for you.
I do not need others to tell me how to live my life and I don’t expect others to understand all of my choices, but in the end, I’m living my own life and making my own decisions. I don’t need the lives of others to fulfill me as a person and to give my life a meaning.
PS – The Lives of Others is a film I watched after Anna-Lynne Williams mentioned it in an interview some years back. I liked it and I like Anna-Lynne’s music, too: Trespasser William and Lotte Kestner.