Archive for November, 2015

I have, thus far, enjoyed – yes, enjoyed – about ten days off what I deem “social media.”   For me, that’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. (See where I snuck in that Oxford comma?)  There are still times when I see a headline and want to scream “RUKM?” at the world.  Some of what is perpetrated upon the collective us is beyond understanding, especially originating with schools and government.

I digress.

I enjoy watching Jeopardy!, having taken the test in person and “missed it by that much.” It takes my Brain Housing Group more than the allotted time to bring up labels (names, titles, cities).  I reveal that so I may say with authority that it is no small feat to even appear on the show, much less be victorious with the lights, cameras and audience distracting you. Then there’s that trickle of sweat running between your cheeks, and your antiperspirant which failed even before the lights came up.  (Think of that before you criticize any of the contestants.)

Now to my point.  Yes, there is the contestant whose adrenaline has kicked in who calls out his next question while Alex is still talking.  Yes, there is the guy with the Data-like stare who explodes when he gets the Daily Double correct.  And, yes, there is the person whose speech is distracting for whatever reason.  Hello!  If you find a contestant too distracting, there’s always the Off button.  It is their Jeopardy! just as much as yours; it may even be more theirs because they competed to be there while you did not.

Now, as I said, I haven’t followed social media for days.  I did, however, read an article detailing how a plethora of I-watch-so-I-can-criticize folks tweeted concerning Laura Ashby’s manner of speech, and did so as if they themselves had no offensive personal traits, and did so with cruelty and malice.  Comments following the article, for the most part, were just as bad.  I had never before thought of that venue as “social media,” but it is. We have become a society which, oddly, believes we have the right not to be offended (we do not), yet claim the right to blurt out, in the name of free speech, all sorts of twaddle which is offensive to others.

If you can’t say something that has the potential to edify, say nothing at all.

And may I suggest Job 6:14  “To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”

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