Be Nice

by Ginger on January 31, 2013

in Becoming Myself

One of my least favorite places on earth is the comment section of just about any news article. The nasty side of humanity (or maybe it’s just an American phenomenon? I doubt it) can be found , intent on screaming their disapproval, disagreement, disgust. It makes me sad, and it makes me angry, and it makes me wish we were better as people.

It’s true, I’m too nice. I want the world to be NICE. Stop being such assholes and just be NICE. And I’ve been chastised for that. Ridiculed. Demeaned.

As if being nice means just giving in and giving up on things you believe in.

No. All it means is that the world would be a better place if we were NICER to each other. You know? There’s no need for most of the ugliness, and honestly when you start spewing that stuff I stop thinking your argument has merit. I stop thinking that you are actually interested in getting your point across and instead that you just want an outlet for the hate and anger and disgust you bottle up inside of you because someone cut you off and your boss is a jerk and someone didn’t give you the respect you deserve and your life isn’t turning out the way you want and you just want to blame someone else, anyone else, for all the things wrong in your life, and hey look a comment section on a news story seems like a good place for that.

Hmm. That wasn’t very nice of me.

This is why I don’t read the comments on news articles, because they start to make me an uglier, more judgmental person. And you know what? I don’t WANT to be an uglier, more judgmental person. I don’t. There is enough in this world that is ugly, there is enough out there that I already judge, that I already am disgusted by, I don’t want to add to that. One of the things about me is that I’m a nice person, who wants the world to be nice, who wants to believe that people are (or have the capacity to be) nice. If that makes me a sucker, so be it.

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