Written by: Beau DeCourcy
Warning: this post will not solve any world problems, offer any political stand points or make you rich and famous. It’s merely an invitation to our dead horse party; attend at your own risk.
I’m going to have a party and you’re all invited. I’m going to supply a fresh, dead horse of which we will all gather around and beat on while we scream out our “answers” to solve the problems of the world. Sound like fun?! Trust me, it will be a great time, and after we are done beating the dead horse we will all feel better than everyone else.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to help me clean up the horse. I’ll keep it there for next week, when nothing has changed for the better, because after eking out another week at our stressful jobs we’re gonna want to get together and beat it again.
I’ll probably need to rent a stadium…
It feels like all anyone does these days is run around with their social media boots on and find dead horses to beat and then pound their own chests and point at their “accomplishment”. Ready for some sarcasm?: personally, I have found one of the best ways to stimulate social change is with a witty meme.
But despite our valiant attempts to penetrate the minds of the thick-headed by posting politically polarizing articles and out-of-context quotes, nothing seems to be changing. Unfortunately, all we are getting from the relentless beatings are sore feet and dirty boots.
We are all looking for someone, something, or some group to blame for societies ills. But do we actually think we can talk, force or coerce these groups of people into following suit by reposting memes, commiserating with like-minded people, or generally just being pissed-off all the time?! It appears not. In fact, if these tactics were actually effective then presidential debates, sensational news programs and Facebook would have solved it all by 2004.
Lately, engaging in casual conversations, channel surfing or Facebooking is like getting lost in a maze of dead horses. Most of us frantically jump from one corpse to the next, completely caught up and lost in the steady stream of horse shit polluting the ether and making low blood pressure a historical artifact.
If things weren’t bad enough, some of these dead horses are actually taking on a life of their own and becoming zombie horses! Un-dead and supremely distracting, they prance around as we chase them screaming and waving our fists. But zombie horses don’t steer themselves. No, they are being ridden by a few people who have found a way to hijack dead horses and steer them with the reins of their agenda; these dead horse jockeys are called politicians.
My over simplified suggestions:
Worried about the economy? Don’t depend on it so much. Worried about the health care system? Don’t depend on it so much. Worried about global warming? Bike to the beach.
I know those suggestions are laughably simple, but the underlying theme is that we are all accountable for ourselves. The only person we can really control is our own person. Should we be mad? Maybe. Does being mad do anything? No. Is expecting fairness in a world populated with 7 Billion Children reasonable? I think you know the answer…
So go ahead and vote, campaign, and advocate but realize it does little if people, including yourself, aren’t even physically or mentally capable of following the laws or policies you voted in. There is a common saying I have seen around the internet: “you vote three times a day with your fork.” While this quote is also incredibly simplified, it has a root of truth: actions speak louder than words, votes and memes.
Taking measurable action everyday to DECREASE our dependence on a failing system is the only suggestion I could make. It’s not easy, I know. I’m trying too, but it’s worth it, and I only have myself to be angry at if I fail.
So to end this post (rant), what does any of this dead horse talk have to do with a better existence you may ask? While beating dead horses is fun (a team sport apparently), it brings you no where, distracts you from your own self-accountability and leaves you only with sore feet and a bad attitude.
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