Bleh

This post is probably gonna piss some people off. And for that I say, if you don’t like my opinions, then don’t read my journal 😛 Just like I won’t read yours if the below continues. Free speech, etc etc etc…

I really wish that people would stop sitting behind their little computers whining and bitching about Bush, the war and all the atrocities that are occurring due to both. If the war it upsetting you THAT much, then DO something about it! Write letters to your congressmen, get involved in anti-war rallies, write letters of comfort to people that have lost loved ones, actively support a presidential candidate that shares your views and then in November, cast your vote… It’s one thing to mention something here and there that hits home for you, but the chronic complaining just for the sake of complaining is just sad. It so annoying to listen to people sitting in their little comfy houses behind their little computers telling the rest of the world how appalled they are, yet they put forth no energy to help get us out of this.

I read a lot of LJ’s and email lists, and I see tons of complaining, but very little about anyone making a stand and doing something. For those of you that are, great! I’d love to hear about the things you’re doing. For those that just need something to whine about, it’s getting old. Let it go, or walk your talk.

Comments 11

  • rainbow_slinky:
    2004-05-13T08:51:53Z
    *claps*

  • maxomai:
    2004-05-13T08:56:11Z
    get involved in anti-war rallies Except for the largest rallies, this generally doesn’t do much good.

  • ctrlalttabby: Hmmm…
    2004-05-13T09:01:25Z
    You mean like the co-worker who whines about the government, but says he won’t bother to vote? I so know what you mean.

  • omnifarious:
    2004-05-13T09:08:38Z
    Actually, my posts are my way of doing something. They’re there to be seen by anybody who happens by. I try to make them elucidatory and educational. I try to point out bits of news or analysis others might not have seen.

    Some of them have been whiny or complainy in the past, but I don’t consider my most recent crop to be in that category, and I generally try to avoid posts who’s only purpose is to vent.

  • siliconshaman:
    2004-05-13T12:15:42Z
    And just how am I supposed to influance elections in America? If not by influencing the voters, ie, those that read my journal. Elections here are not for ages. And trust me, there is a far greater degree of disconnect between the public and those that supposidly represent us in Parliament. Onece they’re elected there’s damn all we can do to influence them. One can write, but they are under no obligation to listen, and rarely do. Having said that, I do write my MP, Yvonne Fletcher. She’s No2 at the DFEE, and cabernet member. I know re-reading the same sentiments in journal after journal must be annoying. But remember something. Those journals are there for their owners primarily. The writers use their journals to vent their emotions, to blow off steam. This is essential to them. Most are not really able to do anything, or believe they cannot. Think on this though… With all those that are “whining” and so forth, this adds to the general atmosphere of discontent. Once this becomes a general shift in attitude, then the polititians take notice! You might not notice a few snowflakes, but a blizzard is another matter! The way the public atmosphere is going now, it’ll be snowing in hell when Bush gets re-elected.

    • And just how am I supposed to influance elections in America? If not by influencing the voters, ie, those that read my journal. Well, I don’t know about others, but listening to people complain doesn’t usually influence me, other than to annoy me and send me off looking for something more constructive. Hearing about people’s struggles and giving information on how I can make things better, now that might influence me to do something. I know re-reading the same sentiments in journal after journal must be annoying. But remember something. Those journals are there for their owners primarily. The writers use their journals to vent their emotions, to blow off steam. This is essential to them. Most are not really able to do anything, or believe they cannot. Yes, it’s partly a place for the authors to vent (I know I do on occasion), but I think more importantly, its a place for authors to be acknowledged by others. It’s the element of being acknowledged by others that makes online journals so appealing. If venting was the primary purpose, then people would most likely keep all their entries private, or not post online at all. Also, consider your audience. If everyone you know is already anti-bush/anti-war, then who are you influencing? It’s like preaching to the choir. At least if people are going to complain online, do it on a forum that’s gonna make Bush/War supporters take notice, cuz it’s their votes that need to be turned. With all those that are “whining” and so forth, this adds to the general atmosphere of discontent. Once this becomes a general shift in attitude, then the polititians take notice! You might not notice a few snowflakes, but a blizzard is another matter! Which do you think is going to get more attention? A couple hundred people marching against the war in front of the White House? Or several thousand people complaining in their livejournals/email lists about the war? If I was a politician, I’d be concerned about those directly outside my door, getting the press coverage, potentially having their efforts (and my reactions) broadcast out to the entire world on a media that’s much more direct, television. Guess I just don’t believe that complaining accomplishes anything, action does (and I’m glad you write to your politician, good for you!) The way the public atmosphere is going now, it’ll be snowing in hell when Bush gets re-elected. See, now what scares me is that this isn’t true. For all the vocal anti-war people out there, there’s just as many silent Bush/war supporters that have votes too. We may think we have the majority, but the elections could still go very different than people might expect. For me, this reinforces why I think actions are more effective than online complaining. Actions make people, who might not normally see, take notice. Online complaining can (and most likely is) very easily ignored by those that need to be influenced.

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