Shut the hell up about “Things”

I’m tired of conversation. I had a brief email exchange with my arts-review editor, the aeonian Hillary Copsey, that made me start to question every other conversation I had recently.

Let me be more specific. I’m tired of asinine, gossipy, bullshit conversation. We’re not talking about ideas, or philosophy, or anything of value. We are just talking about THINGS:

Things you should shut the hell up about

  • Your political opinion
  • Sports
  • Work woes
  • Other people
  • Television. Game of Thrones. Strange Things. Whatever.
  • How successful Pokemon GO is. I cannot tell you how much I do not care.
  • Traffic
  • Other people’s lives or their problems.
  • Former reality TV personality Donald Trump in any context
This could be us but u playin. Source: Flickr

I can’t remember the last time I sat around and talked about the ideas behind something, the mechanics. The email exchange I had with HC earlier was about how to write better and why different literary devices matter. It wasn’t particularly deep, but it was more about those driving forces in why we write things, instead of her just saying ‘that’s bad, that’s bad, that’s good.’ Note: I still can’t write good.

I’d love to spend 30 minutes every day just discussing some topic at length. A book and how it made me feel. The meaning behind a poem. Learning something from someone smarter than me. Or teaching something to someone who could use it. I don’t mean online. Face to face. Who wants to grab coffee?

Anger is not your only emotion

If you participate in the heinous abomination called social media, you might assume most people are angry racists. Aliens reading Twitter probably think Earth is already post-apocalyptic.

Challenge: Next time you want to be reactionary on social take your phone and throw it as hard as you can at the nearest stone surface.

Challenge: Next time you want to criticize someone for anything that you don’t have immediate first hand experience with, SHUT THE HELL UP.

Let’s just slow down, think about things from different angles, and talk about what we’ve learned. You know how to get ahold of me when you’re ready.

Love always,

Uncle Johnny