Our joke on God is that even if He forced us to love one another, we'd find some way to fuck it up. Us humans just aren't happy unless someone else is suffering at our hands- doesn't matter who it is. If there's a wail of misery, it brings a smile to our faces. If someone says a kind word in a room full of people, some schmuck simply has to follow it up with some kind, hateful remark or baleful roll of the eyes.

Why do people immediately suspect that acts of kindness have strings attached?

Sally: "You look really nice tonight, Eric."
Eric: "Wow... thanks for the compliment, Sally. Thanks a lot. Totally unexpected."
Joey: "Hey, you two, just get a room and fuck and get it over with, okay?"
Sally and Eric (together): "Fuck off, Joey. Stop being an asshole."

It happens all the time, I tell you, and I'm sick and tired of it. I've gone nearly three decades now, listening to people bitch about the fact that there's too much hate in this world, but no one seems to want to appreciate kindness anymore. Cynicism has become a fad, and only the popular people can wield it properly... and everyone wants to be popular. You simply aren't cool unless you've got a healthy streak of cynicism running in your veins, right? Forget that "peace and prosperity" crap- someone get the kitchen knives and let's slice some happy hearts. C'mon, it'll be fun. Just leave my friends and family out of the slicing party- they're off limits.

Trouble is, there's someone else around the block who's thinking the same healthy way you are- and you and yours are their first targets. Lucky you.

It's astonishing to me how many people think that being kind is a weakness. Don't they ever wonder just how unbelievably difficult it is to keep the lip zipped when what you really wanna do is rip into someone's hide for some perceived transgression? It takes all kinds of self-control and understanding, not to mention patience, to not give in to hatred. Goodness is not a sign of being weak; it's the truest sign of strength. To overpower someone else is easy enough if you're swinging a big enough bat, but to reign in your own will at a moment's notice?.... moving mountains could be simpler sometimes.

But still, people give in to the hatred. They try to justify it, but it still comes off as a weak defense.

Sally: "Joey, why is it that you're always so insulting to people who're friendly to each other? There hasn't been a day that has gone by when you didn't belittle someone."
Joey: "People being all lovey-dovey to each other annoys me. It makes me realize what I don't have, so I lash out. If you don't like the way I react, don't act that way around me."
Sally (aghast and stupefied): "So that makes it all right to treat people like shit? Simply because you keep pushing people away by acting like an asshole, you think it's okay to take your loneliness out on others? And you're how old?"
Joey: "Well... when you put it like that, it doesn't sound too good, does it? But what can I do? It's just the way I am."
Sally: "I wonder if God accepts that as an excuse in the next world? 'Sorry, Boss, I just couldn't seem to rise above my base instincts. I know You sent us all those great religions and teachings to help us be better, but it just seemed like too much work to keep my mouth shut. Sorry.' I wonder if He'll apologize as He's banishing you from His presence? 'Sorry, My son, but I did give you plenty of opportunities on Earth. Can't say I didn't try. Enjoy the darkness.' "

If you're one of those idiots that goes around and bitches about the state of the world as it is right now, but you're also one of those idiots that thinks you're perfectly justified in beating someone up for bumping into you accidentally in a bar... well, guess what? YOU MADE IT THE WAY IT IS, SO YOU GET TO DEAL WITH IT JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. IF, however, you want the world to change, it's really very simple:

Stop acting like an asshole is the first step.

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