I’ve had this bad boy in my drafts folder for a few weeks now, and I was actually just about ready to can it like some tuna. But then I saw one more example of it online, and it set me off like a Vietnam veteran when he hears a firework. As I’m sure you’ve been able to gather from my blog posts, there’s a fair number of things that really irk me when I see them. Often times I’ll admit I’m coming off as cynical, but that’s not really the case. I’m a pretty laid back person, but not even my lax personality can save me from getting pissed off when I see something stupid, especially when I see it repeatedly. One thing that pisses me off around this time every year is all of the fake “Hey look at what a good person I am” posts you see on social media. Whether it be some exaggerated story about a good deed they supposedly did, or even worse, an actual picture or video of them doing something nice for somebody, their motive is always the same: Please like my post as a form of acknowledgment for what a great person I’m attempting to make everybody perceive me as . To put it simply, if your immediate reaction to doing something nice for somebody is to run to social media and tell everybody about it, you just ruined the entire point of doing something nice.
I see it time and time again, and I’m sure you all have too. We’re in that window of Christmas time/New Years where everybody likes to pretend that they are caring individuals that are going to change themselves for the better. If you’re like me, you subconsciously participate in this ritual as well. The only difference between myself and the attention seekers that I referenced in the above paragraph is that I do these things silently and without any outward cry for praise for it, whereas their sole reason for doing nice things is to garner social media likes and admiration. Seriously, how much of a self-centered loser do you have to be to post about a single little bit of charitable activity that you did? It’s a trick question, because the number to gauge that level of pathetic narcissism is inconceivable.
The example that I referred to at the beginning of this blog that set me off on this rant happened on Facebook earlier today. This girl I went to high school with posted a video of her giving a homeless guy food from McDonald’s, along with a long winded paragraph that can be boiled down to what a great person she is and that everybody should worship the ground she walks on. I’m not hating on the actual gesture by the way. Feeding a homeless guy is a very noble thing for somebody to do. But want to know what would be even better? Doing the exact same thing without posting it for likes on social media, and instead doing it out of the goodness of your heart and without any consideration toward if anybody was aware you did it or not. She doesn’t give a shit about homeless people. She gives a shit about making people think she’s the second coming of Christ because she used her dad’s credit card to buy a few items off the dollar menu for some homeless guy. It’s what you do when people aren’t watching that determines your true character, and by amplifying a sole example of you doing something nice, you’ve thus proven that this is a rare occurrence and not actually what type of person you are. If you have to post about and essentially scream, “Hey everybody! Look at how nice of a person I am!” anytime you do something remotely nice or charitable, you probably aren’t a nice person on a regular basis. So congratulations (Name of classmate withheld): You’re still just as much of a self-centered bitch as you were in high school, and your Facebook post just solidifies my point.
Another funny coincidence I notice about people that post stuff like this is that they have very similar personality profiles. More often than not, the people that I see posting about how nice they are tend to be the biggest assholes that I know. For example, I rightfully called the girl above that fed the homeless guy McDonald’s a bitch at the end of the paragraph for a few reasons, the biggest of those being that she actually bullied another classmate of ours so badly that she developed an eating disorder and switched schools. It’s great to see you feeding $4 meals to homeless guys today and talking about how great you are, but maybe you should start with your aforementioned victim. I’m sure she and everybody else you walked the halls with has a very different perception of how nice you are. A tiger can’t change it’s stripes bitch. Another douchebag I graduated with let it be known to his Facebook friends that he donated money to a charity that specializes in mental health awareness. Once again, noble cause, and I’m glad to see he now cares about mental health, or at least plays the part of somebody who does. He was one of many people who bullied a kid so badly that he hung himself my sophomore year of high school, but hey good to see he’s such an advocate for mental health! Now we were only 16 at the time, and I’m not going to sit here and act like you’re as smart as you’re gonna be at 16, but he made no mention of the kid he made kill himself in his post. Had he accepted responsibility for what he did and stated that was the reason for why he was donating, THAT would be a brave social media post that I could get behind. But he didn’t, and instead his post was just him sucking his own dick about the probably $5 he donated.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that the way people convey themselves on social media is never accurate, so whenever you see somebody posting about doing something nice, take it with a grain of salt because they’re full of shit. If you feel like you haven’t been seeing a lot of these posts that I’m talking about here, consider this your red pill. You will start seeing them everywhere because they are everywhere, and social media has given a platform to self important people to distribute their narcissism through posts such as these. To reiterate: Do nice things just because. If your initial instinct after doing something nice is “Oh my God, I better put this online so that other people know I just did this”, you’re a fucking asshole. More often than not their goal is to go viral and have people praise them for shit that you should be doing anyway. Actions speak louder than words, and if you feel the need to write your own words about whatever nice action you just did, you have completely defeated the point of doing that nice thing. Now if you’ll excuse me, I held the door open for a black guy earlier, and I need to go write a Facebook post explaining why my gracious action did more for the black community than Martin Luther King Jr.