WTF Is Wrong With People?

Aug 18th, 2011 | Filed under Opinions and Perspectives, Rants

I had an awful lot of traffic on a short post not long ago titled A Very Inexpensive Way To Travel , it contains a satirical video from The Onion, about a lady pretending to take holidays around the world, but in reality she just sits in her chair at home imagining holidays in real time with her eyes closed.

The post had over ten thousand visitors in the first week or so,  and I ended up getting swamped in replies containing profanity. I at first could not figure out why, but then to my surprise realized that many people just did not understand it was a joke. The most common reply, of which I left only a few up was “What the fukc is wrong with people ?” I deleted quite a few of them because I did not want so many nasty words on my website. I am not opposed to profanity myself but I would like to keep the PG13 appropriate rating for the website.

After the first few WTF is wrong with people type comments, I typed a long reply to one poster, not realizing at the time I typed it that he just didn’t get the joke.  I later took it down, because after understanding where he was coming from, it no longer seemed appropriate, also,  my reply was a bit too serious and confrontational for what I thought was a hilarious post.

I did not know what to do with my reply,  I had put a lot of thought into it, and as many people tend to say the same thing to me in real life,  I thought I might find another appropriate time to use it, but rather than waiting, I thought I would just paste it below. If you are a regular reader, much of it sounds like other things I have said on the Blog before, like I said, I just didn’t feel like letting the long reply go to waste.

Mikac Isbig asked me:

“What the Fukc is wrong with people?”

So I replied

“I have never had a comment with profanity on my blog before, especially in regards to what is mostly perceived as a hilarious satirical video. I know I shouldn’t probably answer such a question, but I will anyhow.

People have always had a percentage the population who are selfish, greedy, uncaring, and war mongering, the type of people who will take pleasure in others misfortunes. Some people do not even have the ability to recognize that all people are alive and feel, just like they do, over 5% of the world do not recognize the existence of other caring feeling beings on the planet. Many of the bad guys, actually see themselves as the victims.

The silent majority, notice I used the words “silent” and “majority”, are not like that. The bad guys will not only make the most waves in all of our lives, but are also the most memorable. The quiet , nice people who walk around as we all do, trying to avoid the bad guys disturbances, tend to be less memorable.

In the end it comes down to whatever your perception of the world is, why would you expect so much from humanity, when history shows there has always been a dark side? Don’t put too much focus on the bad, loud minority, instead focus on the good, unremarkable silent majority. The news tends to focus on the bad, and even in my writing I complain about the bad more than I mention the good, as the good is just not very interesting or memorable, it is just what I expect from people, and am usually not disappointed.

The world is what you make it, if you are surrounded by bad people that make trouble in your life, sometimes it is best to just let them go, but really the best thing you can do is just lower you expectations, and not expect so much from a civilization that you are part of, you can not judge humanity without judging yourself, often the real problems of the world are just the person’s perceptions of it.

People are often a mirror of you,  smile and the world smiles with you, but if you walk around angry and unhappy, that will be how the world reacts to you.  If you compete and dig at others, than the same will be done to you. As you ask “What the fukc is wrong with people?” people might be asking “What the fukc is wrong with you ?”

I see no problem with humanity, as it is, and has always been, this is the only world I know, and I have found my own loving and caring place in it. I would suggest in the spirit of an old proverb, acceptance of the things you can not change, changing the things you can, and hoping you have the knowledge to know the difference between them.”

I then went back and changed his name from “Mikac Isbig” to Mikac Sotiny, because even though he didn’t notice the subtle joke in my post, I did see the subtle joke in his made up internet name, and sometimes like to change the things I can.

  1. nothingprofound
    Sep 1st, 2011 at 10:13
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    PBS-I like your practical attitude toward things. You have found your own peace and your own way of living. That’s the most and the best any of us can do.

  2. PBScott
    Sep 1st, 2011 at 13:05
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    @nothingprofound
    Thanks NP, always nice to have you come visit the blog, and always a pleasure visiting yours as well.

  3. Corey
    Sep 1st, 2011 at 14:54
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    Hey,

    What the *uck is wrong with…Oh sorry my mind wandered.

    What a great and philosophical post! I love “…this is the only world I know, and I have found my own loving and caring place in it.” The world really is what we make of it and what we can control we should be mindful of.

    Thanks for the read!

  4. PBScott
    Sep 1st, 2011 at 23:07
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    @Corey
    Thank you so much for your visit Corey, glad you enjoyed the post !

  5. Melody J Haislip
    Sep 1st, 2011 at 23:44
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    There are people who “get” The Onion, and people who don’t, and it’s is virtually impossible for these two groups to communicate on any but the most basic of levels. Still, snaps to you for making a valiant effort! 🙂

  6. PBScott
    Sep 2nd, 2011 at 08:04
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    @Melody J Haislip
    Yeah but seriously, WTF is wrong with people who don’t get the Onion? 🙂

  7. timethief
    Sep 2nd, 2011 at 11:03
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    I enjoyed your writing and your take on things in this piece. This quote resonates:
    “In the end it comes down to whatever your perception of the world is, why would you expect so much from humanity, when history shows there has always been a dark side? Don’t put too much focus on the bad, loud minority, instead focus on the good, unremarkable silent majority. ”

    I like the way you expanded on the fact the words “silent” and “majority” don’t convey the truth, which is that those who amplify the negative can have a stronger influence on us than those who focus on the positive, if we are not mindful.

    I’ve been smiling all summer and all I meet are smiling back at me. That’s not to say that I haven’t chosen to distance myself from some difficult people, it is to say that I do consider life to be precious and don’t wish to squander the time I have. I’m taking care of myself and trying to be less careless about perceptions, the thoughts I think, the emotions they give rise to, and the words I use to express myself.

    Thanks for publishing this very thoughtful piece.

  8. PBScott
    Sep 2nd, 2011 at 21:37
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    @timethief
    Hi TT, good to see you. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

    It is great you have had a wonderful summer, and I agree that, as painful as it is, sometimes distancing yourself from difficult people is necessary. I distanced myself from someone back in May and wrote a post about it, I am still getting used to it.

    http://www.supershirtguy.com/Blog/treat-a-friend-like-a-friend/opinions-and-perspectives

    Hope to see you again soon. 🙂

  9. Tim
    Sep 4th, 2011 at 08:11
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    Perception is key. I work with people who hate their job while I love it and I’m like WTF? There is good and bad in everything, I choose to focus on the good.

  10. PBScott
    Sep 4th, 2011 at 12:01

    @Tim

    Thank you for your comment,

    I agree, many people tend to really focus on the bad things at work, and it really does not help them enjoy their work or their day.

  11. Janene Murphy
    Sep 4th, 2011 at 16:27

    Great post. I’m an Onion fan, too. About a week ago a friend of mine asked me if I’d heard of it. She said she read one of their stories and had a pretty good idea it was satire but wasn’t sure. Then she went on to explain the article. I don’t know if it says more about her or the world we live in that she had even the slightest inkling that it might be true. We live in a crazy world. I like your perspective on the whole ‘what’s wrong with people’ question. You made a excellent point.

  12. PBScott
    Sep 6th, 2011 at 08:04

    @Janene Murphy
    Thanks Janene,

    Always lovely to have you come visit the blog, I am a big fan of the Onion also, it is often very subtle, and therefore, to me, more hilarious.

  13. funny t shirts
    Sep 6th, 2011 at 19:08

    That’s the most and the best any of us can do.There is good and bad in everything, I choose to focus on the good.

  14. PBScott
    Sep 6th, 2011 at 20:22

    @funny t shirts
    Yup that’s all we can do, much better to walk around with a smile on your face and have a positive effect on society than go walking around mad each day.

  15. psachno
    Sep 30th, 2011 at 08:06

    I didn’t know that “funny T-shirt guy” was so philosophical–and clever. But then, I’m new to your blog.

    Great reply post, really. I look forward to more of the same (great posts, that is).

    I always like connecting with people who are positive and see the humor in life, and yet are not blind to its realities. That is quite the accomplishment! :0)

  16. PBScott
    Sep 30th, 2011 at 20:25

    @psachno

    Thanks for the visit and the kind comments,

    Yes I occasionaly fancy myself the philosopher and poet. In fact all I ever wanted to do growing up was to become a writer, selling t-shirts puts food on the table though.