The Internet is full of REALLY mean people!

A BROKEN CULTURE

~ At coffee this morning I met with a fellow blogger who was visibly upset over some nasty comments they received on their blog, “Kenneth, I just don’t get it, why are so many people on the Internet vicious and mean? Why do they resort to name calling?”

Sadly, many of the people who use the Internet are in fact rather nasty and mean; and the main reason is that you no longer need credentials to spew your venom and nonsense.

Before the Internet came into existence it was much more difficult to find a platform to speak to the public if you were a crazy person. Western Culture had (correctly) created a system that prevented crazy people from being able spew their venom at the masses; you go to grammar school and high school, then for those that wanted to pursue higher education they went to college, graduate school, and for an even smaller number of people there was the opportunity to get a PhD.

But nowadays you no longer need a college degree to be able to speak to a large audience; you merely need to create a blog…..free of charge no less!

Thus, the blogging world is filled with a bunch of crazy people who think they know it all. They spew venom and hatred. They love to hear the sound of their voice and they think that their insanity is correct……because they have never obtained a college education and found out how wrong and nutty they are!

This is not to say that everyone who gets a college degree is perfect or has it all together. However, college tends to weed out the crazy people. It is more difficult for someone to think that the world is flat, or that we never landed on the moon if they are going to get a college degree.


Going to college helps to train you to think more logically. Writing essays and studying in the constructive manner of higher education helps you to form a better epistemological basis when it comes to logical thinking.

The world of blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media has become a community of people wanting to be mean and nasty. Name calling is common fare in the world of social media as the Internet is full of people who resort to the lowest common denominator when it comes to ethics and morality.

For the small handful of bloggers or social networkers who have large followings it tends to be even worse. Jealousy arrises from the ranks of people who do not have large followings and it leads to personal attacks and personal vendettas by others who are mad that nobody is listening or reading their nonsense. Thus, if you have a large following you will most certainly be targeted by crazy people who are jealous of your success.

The Internet is also full of a lot of people who have a ton of venom to spew, but don’t back it up with actions. It is easy to spew your venom and nonsense, it is much harder to put your money where your mouth is, for instance; Christians and atheists love to write blogs on the Internet in order to proselytize and convert others to their ideology. But how many of these Christians and atheists REALLY care about humanity?

After all, I have spent the better part of a decade working with disadvantaged populations; the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, the extreme poor, those incarcerated, and more…..and yet in all my time working with these populations, I rarely saw other Christians or atheists from my communities working alongside of me.

It was usually next to impossible to get any volunteer help in the organizations I worked with; unless people were getting paid, the Christians and atheists weren’t interested in helping us.

Hey, I work a full time job. It’s not like I’m chomping at the bit to go downtown to the ghetto at night to help out at the soup kitchen after I worked all day…..but if I don’t put my money where my mouth is, then I’m nothing more than another talking head hypocrite blathering endlessly like the rest of the people on the Internet.

The reality of the situation is that I look forward to a day where I am able to spend all my time in service to my fellow humans. I would love the opportunity to spend 100 hours a week in human service, but for the present, my attention is divided because I still have to pay my bills.

Compared to the life of Jesus I have no business bragging about what I’ve done to help my fellow brothers and sisters. Jesus realized the plight of the poor and the disadvantaged like no other person that has ever lived, and in the end he is my role model in all that I do.

As far as all these crazy people on the Internet, well, there’s not much you can do with people who love to hear the sound of their own voice. Perhaps one day they will have talked so much nonsense that they will have run out of things to say……wouldn’t that be a nice day?

just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,


Kenneth



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30 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Giai01's Blog and commented:
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  2. I always think of Jesus with a degree. Philosophy or something, certainly not an engineer.

  3. I have not found college degrees to be a factor in whether or not a person is mean, crazy, intelligent or wise.

    • Yup. I’ve met people that had degrees, but were still ignorant, thoughtless, and seemed to lack common sense and courtesy (cf. “ivory tower syndrome”). I’ve also met people who didn’t have much formal education, but were mindful, self-taught, and compassionate (cf. autodidactic, “street smart”). My wife tells me that her late maternal grandfather is one of those people. I say “is” because I feel a connection to him, even though I’ve never met him in the flesh.

    • When I was younger I ran into so many ignorant people who didn’t have degrees so I used to think all the uneducated were ignorant. Then I ran into many educated that were just as ignorant, or even more so. I also met many wise individuals with no more than a middle school education. I think the question to ask is are people pursuing truth or are they wanting to remain in their own bias and label all others as “outsiders?” Man, the human ego loves to find anything to stroke itself and build itself up. The educated and uneducated alike.

  4. I agree about too many mean people being given a platform via technology (although I don’t see it in my tiny blogging world); but not so sure about the correlation with college. Perhaps there are lots of factors that lead to mean-spiritedness and close-mindedness.

  5. Holy crap. Thank god I’m Jewish.although the haters will find a barb to fling at me. Screw them.

    • No barbs here, but wouldn’t you think that all peoples have this issue? People remain people regardless of faith/ethnicity. Most Jewish people I know are wonderful friends of mine. A few have rubbed me the wrong way, but I think that speaks more to individual personality than Jewishness.

      I would give examples, but such is another reply. I will say a very good friend seems to be in every photo the local newspaper takes of events with the synagogue in our area; very visibly practicing his faith, obviously. He is originally from Salt Lake– I am LDS/Mormon– but we have a great interfaith respect, and have a GOOD many memorable and funny stories about that.

  6. I agree with quixotic faith education has nothing to do with it. I’m an attorney and find most other attorneys abhorrent. I also wonder why you don’t mention other types of people except for Christians and atheists. Mean people are hurting people most of the time. And wasn’t it Jesus who said bless those that curse us pray for those who persecute us? And if you greet only your own people what are you doing more than others? We all have our own ministries whether it be at work feeding the homeless etc. It’s our lives that should be a testimony able to withstand the world’s criticism.

    • I think Kenneth may be pointing to the most visible extremes of late– Richard Dawkins battling the creationists and such. I do consider myself a disciple of Yeshu of Nazareth, a Christian, but have atheist and agnostic friends, as well as friends of Abrahamic faiths. Quite a few are weary of the contention.

  7. Reblogged this on 411 Junkie and commented:
    Such a good point, Kenneth. A broken culture indeed!

  8. Peace, Love and Understanding, Kenneth!

  9. Just make sure you always have control over who posts on your blog.with an ‘approved’ button. The nasties don’t like to be blocked as they like the world to see how powerful their voice is and how effective their venom.
    The nasties come from all walks of life. All religions, all levels of society both with money and without. Some are sick and can’t help it and should be pitied- but still blocked, the rest just don’t know how to let joy into their mean little lives.Ignoring them is the perfect answer.
    Hugs

  10. Kenneth, some of the most vile, hostile, and insane comments I’ve ever gotten where penned by the college educated. No, college does not weed out the crazies.

    “I would love the opportunity to spend 100 hours a week in human service, but for the present, my attention is divided because I still have to pay my bills.”

    Every moment of our day can be spent in human service. We need not separate our “work” from our “service.” Everything you speak or say or do, every interaction you have, is a personal ministry, it is you playing the music you were designed to play.

  11. I wonder if some of the ‘net nastiness comes from people who are genuinely afraid. Education sometimes helps overcome fear, but often can make it even worse – because now there are more things to worry about. Attempts to maintain some sort of control over the uncontrollable can compel some people to take the cyber-bully route. Sometimes the difficult-to-love need love just as much, if not more, than the poor and marginalized no matter what they label themselves.

  12. Sometimes. It depends on the personality.

  13. Hide behind screen and they think they’re invincible! I find the same with talking to people over the phone as well.

  14. Woot here is a crazy person. Haha only went to school till the age of 15.
    The internet is easy to be mean as 1) they can hide behind anonymity, 2) They can’t get a reprimand or slap on the wrist.
    On the internet is also easier to find like minded people so one does not stand alone. There is also a trend of the people who don’t say anything in life share opinions online. It is mean to be so two faced but that is what internet is doing. It is splitting us to be two people. One when working and in society. Shy and quiet doing as told. The internet as to where we can be ourselves have opinions with the only down,fall, that online nothing will get done. they are as you said just words.

    I won;t say I know everything but might question all. Have a great day.

    Ooh and we are greedy, taught to have it all (money). Etc.Lets face it, money has become a need in our society.

    • You’re very self-educated though, right? I hope you know I enjoy reading your comments.

    • If I didn’t I learned just now, you do. And I thank you for that.
      I learn as my life continues taking every bit of information in and make a conclusion and opinion of my own. Always question the answer so I might learn more.
      It makes me opinionated. Pay attention to those around me. Listen and reassess if need to be.

  15. The internet has created a (somewhat) level playing field in which everyone has the ability to voice their opinions, no matter how outrageous, venomous, or profane those opinions might be. Blogging about religion, or lack thereof, seems to bring out the worst. Any blogger that takes on that topic has to have very thick skin, or never read the comments in their own blog 🙂

    I don’t know if a college degree makes much of a difference when it comes to spewing hate. The college educated are probably a bit more eloquent in their venomous rants, but all in all some of the meanest spirited people I have ever know have college degrees.

  16. The anarchist in me loves the chaotic expression of it all. For the most part people don’t pay enough attention to me to say hateful things. It’s my ‘teflon edge.’

  17. My Dear Kenneth, Kudos on the Good work You are doing. God Bless.

    We are NEVER going to run out of either people who will spew venom, nor they of words. All We can do is take evading action.

    Regards and Love. 🙂

  18. Kenny, my friend, the ivory tower of higher education can be a whited sepulchre, full of dead skeletons, if only stuffed deep in closets.

    The university I barely escaped from with a degree was bitterly contentious. One of the professors at the music department waged a personal battle with another professor. She wrested directorship of the choral department away from him before I arrived, and managed to kick him out the door just before I left. The outgoing chair of the department dragged us students into that decision, then roped us into the interviews to replace the outgoing professor’s wife, whom they did NOT want to let go.

    I returned to Ellensburg 10 years later to cover a concert/clinic by the Loop 2.4.3 percussion duo for We Heart Music. (My article is still on the blog, if you wish to read.) Obviously the percussion director and his grad student assistant hosted that; when I told him when I attended, he said, “Oh, you were here during the dark days.” Suffice it to say, though, bitchy Choral Director was long gone.

    Despite friends telling me “oh, you should go to grad school”… no, I never will, even if I had the money. I haven’t even begun to recount the horrors of that university. I have not even begun to recount ALL the horrors of my college/university education– the bullying, the shaming, the filthy rumors. I have my problems, but I will never EVER teach public school or higher education, despite my teacher training there. Schooling in the U.S.– kindergarten to post-graduate– is broken.

  19. I think the best solution is pluralism and a free marketplace of ideas. Then, those voices that are hateful and ignorant can be shown to be what they are, so long as everyone has the freedom hear all sides, and to choose who they listen to. I personally like the level playing field that the internet creates. It’s a check against censorship by those in power. I think it’s essential

    Unfortunately, human beings are easily corrupted. Having a college degree is no remedy for this at all. Ivy league leaders running governments and businesses need checks, balances, and accountability just as much as entry level fast food workers, if not more so.

  20. Wow. Education and Character are two different things.

    This piece is a bit elitist, filled with vast generalizations and assertions backed up by no sort of credible study/evidence. You’re assuming the education level merely based on your own preconceived bias that a person who acts in such a manner must not be college educated. I immediately ask, based on what possible evidence? I plead that you step back and realize this is absurd! I could assert those with the crazy need to always correct grammar would indicate those who are ‘educated’ are malicious. In lieu of Britt McHenry and ESPN incident, should I take that as a generalization of the character of those who graduate from Northwestern ? My own collegiate experience led me to a logic class which in turn led me to know that such an assertion is absurd! Perhaps, it would prudent to retract or modify your position.

    The Internet gives the people a forum to voice their discontent, which is a good thing. The biggest issue in my opinion the anonymous nature of the Internet. In early part of the formation of the United States the Pamphlet Wars are perfect example how vile people could be in the press when they simply signed their name with a Roman politicians. If I were to write an opinion piece in the paper today, I am required to provide my full name, address, phone number, and email address.

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