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Monday Motivation: Say Something
Politeness is the excuse, but timidity, social anxiety, fear of confrontation, and spinelessness in general are the real reasons why so many of our fellow human beings go through life with a sense of themselves that's wildly divergent from reality.
As much as I'm loathe to make the reference, it's a perfectly apt one; just watch the first few episodes of any season of American Idol. There is a significant portion of our population that's been raised to believe they're special, capable of anything, and unable to do wrong. And when they do finally run into a Simon Cowell with enough spine to provide them a reality check, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
But as gratifying as this response may seem, it doesn't have to get to that point. These people have been so insulated from criticism by our collective, public spinelessness that their estimation of their abilities only barely stops short of running into the laws of physics. And sometimes, as we've seen here over the years, these Snowflakes genuinely try to blow past those laws; Yellow Bamboo, Chi/Ki practitioners, and even our old friend "Chrono", for example.
Ultimately, it's everyone's fault; it takes a village to raise an idiot.
But let's not limit our focus to these sad people as individuals; the bigger issue is Society. Do you want to live in a society where a significant portion of your fellow citizens are only marginally capable of functioning due to their failure to accept reality? Do you think this is a good recipe for the overall health and success of your culture? Do you think these people's low-intensity lunacy will never directly impact your life?
If you answered "no" to those questions, then you also need to ask yourself why when you see something, you fail to say something. Society is what we make of it, and by being spineless, staying silent in the face of bullshit, we all get covered in steaming piles of it.
Man up, break out your fucking shovel, and go to work. Future generations of the Human race will thank you.