I've been getting sick a lot lately, and I hate being sick. I've been thinking, what can I do to stop feeling sick?
Close my eyes and wish it all away? Not likely.
Pray? Ain't working.
Move? There's nowhere to go to get away from this wave of madness that is happening around the country.
There isn't much I can do, but not much is actually something, and even though it's just a little, its something I've just got to do.
The next time somebody acts like a fool in public, I'm calling him on it. This includes, but is not limited to using profanity loud enough for other people to hear, littering, spitting indoors, not holding doors for the people behind you, driving like an idiot, saying "YO" anytime, dressing like a slob in nice places, putting vulgar bumper stickers on cars- basically anything that I consider disrespectful to anybody else.
So, just who do I think I am, anyway?
I'll tell you. I'm a fifty year old guy who has about five or ten years left before nobody will think twice confronting me. Maybe I'm flattering myself and nobody thinks twice now, I don't know, I've never been the confrontational type. I know what is right and what is wrong. Nobody had to tell me, the humanity I was born with sends messages that cannot be missed, and most people have the same make-up, and either listen to those messages or ignore them. Maybe if the people ignoring their conscience got a loud and clear message from another person they will remember how to listen. Maybe not, but I have to try.
But if every person who is as sick as me got in on the act, and the people who have lost their way, and think its okay to act like an imbecile in public began noticing that they aren't the ones running the show, and there are a lot more people doing the right things, and treating each other with dignity and respect than there are people acting like fools, well, maybe the tide will turn, and we can ferret out the ones most likely to bomb a marathon, or gun down firefighters in the street, or murder a classroom full of first graders, or shoot up a movie premier.
It ain't much, but its all I have at the moment. Wish me luck, and if you are so inclined, join me, if you haven't already. I think we might all feel a lot better after a while, because I don't think I can feel much worse.