A social media user, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed extreme disappointment. Why? Because despite his strenuous efforts, people remain cruel and unfair.
“I’m working so hard to make the world a better place,” he said via direct message on one of his many platforms. “Yesterday a stranger posted something I disagreed with so I took them to task.”
“What could I do? I had to reply. Silence only helps the oppressor, right? So, I wrote back, ‘You piece of shit. Stop writing. Delete your account then delete your life. Kill yourself and your children.’ And I sent it.”
He sighed. “And yet, the world still remains a cruel and horrible place.”
Does our anonymous user expect the world to improve after one posting?
“No. Of course not,” he said. “But I’ve done it hundreds of times. It’s all I do, all day. I call people out. That was only one example. And I went easy on that guy.”
Does he get any feedback? Any replies?
“Most of the time, no. You would expect someone to say, ‘Thank you for showing me the error of my ways.’ But that never happens. Someone once replied with, ‘A little respect goes a long way.’”
What did our anonymous social media user do?
“I had to speak up, of course. I answered with ‘Fuck off, you arrogant monster. You Nazi-sympathizer. Stab yourself in the neck and die slow.’ Then I sent it. No further reply. And the world is still a vicious place.”
“I don’t get it. I’m staying up later and later. I’m dedicated to this cause. I’m trying to make the world a better place. If I don’t speak up for others, when it’s my turn, who will speak up for me? Know what I mean?”
“I feel helpless. But it can’t be the destiny of mankind to live among horrible people. I’ll never give up speaking out. I’ll have to get more intense, I suppose. It’s always darkest before dawn, right?”