Written October 31, 2016
“The real world is where the monsters are.” ~Rick Riordan
Yesterday my last definition of a monster is, “Finally a monster is also a type of disagreeable person, unpleasant person.” To expand on this meaning, I found the following in a couple other vocabulary sites. 1) a person of unnatural or extreme ugliness, wickedness, or cruelty, 2) a rude or badly behaved person, typically a child. Basically, as you can see, a monster is someone or something that is big, ugly, mean, scary and deformed. These aspects can apply not only to physical appearance, but also mental thoughts, and in the heart; someone without compassion, feeling or love
It’s not so much that being disagreeable that makes a person a monster. It’s the obnoxious, rude, ignorant person that’s the monster. We’ve all heard the saying that ignorance is bliss, right? This saying means that sometimes it is better for you if you do not know all the facts about a situation. Ignorance is being under or un-educated and/or informed. An ignorant person is someone who may or may not know or if they even do know, they don’t care about the truth. Despite that, the ignorant person yells and screams their view over anyone who disagrees with them and is trying to explain their side in the disagreement. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the real monster hiding under the bed and in the closet. The person who has the knowledge and information but is foolish, ignores the truth, or pretends the truth doesn’t exist. Why do I think this is the biggest monster? Read on.
There’s another old saying that what we don’t know COULD hurt us. While it may be true, there are some things that if we don’t know them may hurt us. As children, not knowing about the sometimes dark realities of adulthood is fine, until we leave we leave the safety of our parents nest and begin to fly while experiencing all that life has to offer. We grow up both on the inside and out when we experience pain, loss, joy and gain. Yes, grown-up knowledge sucks and it can bring misery, but it can also bring growth, change and a lot of joy too. Whatever ideas we had about the world we grew up knowing are ruined by the reality of the facts of life. Even tho misery is a necessary part of growing up, it does not necessarily lead to a miserable life. As our preconceived ideas fall away and the realities of life are more evident, we see bad things we never saw before but we also see many joys.
The more I watch the news lately the more angry and depressed I get. Kinda like I did years ago when I stopped watching and reading the news. After watching a various news channels, my reason for the sadness in my heart changed. I am utterly amazed at how little the millennial generation knows about our nation’s history and current national events say nothing about current world events. It’s quite obvious they weren’t taught, were taught wrong, or didn’t learn a lot of this stuff that seems like common knowledge to me. Maybe they spent to much time in the so called “safe spaces” in school because when they graduate high school or college if they disagree with something, someone or some ideology they protest, shout down their opposition, riot, burn the American Flag and more.
For those who don’t know, a safe space/zone is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe because of age, sex, race, religious affiliation, or physical or mental ability. It’s a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others. The bad thing with these is that there’s not much, if any, room for controversial discussions that prepare the student for the real world – a world full of controversy and political INcorrectness. It reminds me of students being on an island separated and segregated from the truth.
At the risk of sounding cliche, back in my day, had no safe zones(except when we played hide and seek or tag), there was virtually no political correctness except what non-white people preferred to be called. We learned how to react and/or respond to controversial topics. There was no where near the divisiveness like we have today.
This, to me, is the true monster inside of us – the monster who is ignorant, un-, or under-educated. The person who sees the truth and either ignores it or worse – pretends it doesn’t exist and buries their head in the sand while caring nothing about the truth and being ignorant on the realities of life around them.
Much of what I know I learned from school and, especially, my elders during and after I graduated from high school and college. I’ve learned a lot of stuff at my various jobs too. I’m not saying that I’m some wisdom filled guru by any means nor am I saying that everything I learned I liked or was truth, because I also learned that the truth is subject to revision. That just means that if in my mind the truth is that the sky is purple, my mind can be changed to see the truth. The sky is blue.
What I do know is this, if you’re unhappy about stuff that goes on in the world and you want to make a change in the world, 1) stop complaining about it, 2) do whatever it takes to seek the truth, 3) when you learn the truth, don’t ignore it, 4) learn what you can to makes positive changes, 5) get up off your, um, butt( 😉 ) and work to achieve that truth or positive change. This process is called 1) identifying the problem, 2)finding a solution to said problem and 3) doing the footwork to solve said problem. Remember darkness only disappears when we turn on the light. In the words of a man named Trent Shelton says, “It all starts with you.”