To Stand Up Or Sit Down?

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This week has not been much fun.  It has been uncomfortable, stressful and unfair.  It further complicates matters when you would like to speak up about the injustices without an army of facts to back it up.  It seems as if your gut feeling, deep down in your spirit is to be mocked and ridiculed.  You know what is right, you know why it’s right, you just cannot explain it.

Have you ever noticed there are certain characteristics that people have when they promote an agenda, a set of beliefs or an opinion that in your heart, you know isn’t right?  They tend to be loud and use fear mongering by making references to the past, as if somehow adopting certain values from when I grew up would be disastrous for mankind.

The comedy stage of today has more diverse opinions than ever before.  Never before has more hate, more rhetoric, more fear, more stupidity and more ignorance been on display.  I thought comedy was supposed to be about making you laugh and having the comedian make a connection with the audience, not having the comedian force feed their beliefs down your throat and not care if they get laughs or not.

As a comedian, there are things that have bothered me for a while now, deep down.  I don’t have any aspirations to be a political comic, like ever.  Guys like Dennis Miller, Lewis Black and Bill Maher really are windbags.  They bore me.

There is one thing that these people do not have in their lives that spread these types of messages.  Whatever happened to standing up for something right because it’s the right thing to do?  That’s the problem today, with everybody blurring the lines between right and wrong.

Maybe the best thing to do is to pick your spots for standing up for what’s right.  Leading by example doesn’t hurt either, but then there are those people that are ready, willing and more than able to take offense upon someone else’s behalf.  It won’t benefit them personally but hey, it gets their face known because with that face comes a loud voice that usually won’t stay silent.

Doing the right thing used to be honourable.  Now, everyone has their own definition of what honourable is.

Like I said, there is one thing that is missing from these people.  I would mention it, but at the same time I really don’t want to get into a never-ending argument.  I am annoyed, disappointed, frustrated and concerned at the direction it’s going in.  Then again, who am I that I would be listened to?

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