One Man Versus the World

Exploring Daily Struggles of the Individual

Control & Responsibility

I have to silence myself. I’m too easily angered, saddened, disappointed, shocked, etc. I have to pause, close my eyes, and take a deep breath. Does it really matter? What difference does my negativity make? Does it make anything better? If not, what am I supposed to do? Am I not valid in my feelings? Of course I am. Again, however, what good does it do to speak or act in accordance with such feelings? Sure, there are proper ways of expressing those feelings so that I do not bottle them up to build up and overflow later on, but what do I do immediately when I can’t yet find that appropriate way of expressing? 

Sh. Silence. Breathe. It’s really not worth it. Think to yourself, calmly. Empathize. Try to understand. Write privately. Let it go. Forgive. 

When I’m angry and I hold it in and sit on it and let it build and play over and over in my mind – what good is it doing not only for myself but anyone around me? None. 

Maybe that person who pissed me off was just having a bad day. Maybe I unknowingly did something which just happened to set them over the edge. Maybe they’ve been bottling things up just like me. Maybe they just don’t know how to deal with that feeling.

Maybe I just shouldn’t even care.

Maybe it shouldn’t even bother me in the first place.

But I’m not there yet. Until then, I need to practice catching myself in those moments, recognize my feelings and accept them without expressing them inappropriately, take a deep breath and remember that I have no control over anything around me. I am, however, responsible for that over which I do have some degree of control: myself.


Pure Religion

I find it very regrettable that Christianity has become nearly synonymous with hate. God hates fags. God hates war. God hates blacks. God hates money. God hates the rich. God hates the homeless.

All lies. Not just lies, all blasphemous.

What’s the last thing you heard about Christianity via social/popular media? What appears to be the character of various “popular” Christian leaders?

Just this morning (not even five minutes before writing this) I read an article titled something like “Christians declare Ebola a punishment from God.”

The world isn’t looking for a God who kills. The world is looking for love, purpose, meaning, strength, courage, and victory.

As Christians, we are here to be conduits of the love of God. Our God has called us to love and forgive. Let’s focus on sharing with the world, the love God has given us. Darkness is expelled by the presence of light. Let’s be a light in a dark place, not just another bruise on the face of Christianity.

Like, Share, and Re-Post This Post or Your Pet Turtle Will Die and Your Dog Will Eat Your Cat! Also: You Are Literally A Bad Person, Literally

If you don’t like, share, or re-post this, your neglect will cause the murder of an innocent frog in Indonesia. Do you really want to be responsible for the end of the world?

Stop it.

Cut it out.

Have you ever had a bowel movement? Urinated? Vomited? Passed gas? Stubbed a toe? Got angry? Wished something bad on someone? Lied?

A celebrity flashed a boob. John Smith gained weight. A cop shot someone. A new president was elected. He lied. A video game made a kid kill someone. A songwriter made someone commit suicide. A company is corrupt. There are wars going on. Innocent people are dying. We are the good guys.

I just farted.

I jammed my finger playing basketball.

I got mad at an old lady who was driving slow this morning.

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