Normally, I don't get too excited about what happens on the internet. But today, either I am extremely irritable (most likely) or the internet is losing its luster. I saw two posts on Facebook today that almost spurred me to making some really obnoxious comments. First, there was this from a random relative of my husband's:
"Today someone got a life changing phone call that they have a terminal illness. Today a hero's famliy was notified that their soldier made the ultimate sacrifice. Today a lot of people will hear horrible news, so lets be reminded, we DO NOT have the right to complain about our life or our crummy day. Things are far worse for many. So stop complaining, we have it good. These "bad" days for us, others would die to have."
Um, yeah. Right now, I'm not terribly pleased with my in-laws anyway. This little blurb almost made me want to respond that I hope she never has a bad thing happen to her, because my response will be "well, you don't have a terminal illness" or if she does, it will be "well, you didn't make the ultimate sacrifice" followed by "quit your bitchin'." Really? Yes, perspective is good. But we all have the right to complain, because venting is a useful stress reliever. If you don't want to listen, then get some friends who don't whine about every little twinge or slight misfortune.
The second one came from a friend's stepbrother, and is political. Now, I belong to a political discussion group on Facebook, and sometimes people say some really outrageously biased stuff. I don't really know the people in the discussion group - except for a couple people from my high school - so I don't take it personally. But I grew up with my friend, her sister, and her stepbrother. We came from a middle class neighborhood in a city full of liberals. So, I find it incredibly confusing that for some reason they all became raging conservatives. I feel that middle class Americans who espouse the so-called conservative point of view are acting in direct contrast to their own best interests. But, whatever. Everyone's entitled to their beliefs, and I agree that smaller government is good. I don't want to restrict gun ownership either. The bad guys always find guns if they want them - the rest of us might as well have the same access. However, when you share information that is patently untrue, it irks me.
Hate to tell you, Mr. Conservative Obama Hater, but Obama really has no control over the gas prices. It's the market that controls the gas prices. Pick on the speculators, instead of the legislators. Also, maybe I should hook you up with the aforementioned relative - you oughta stop whining about gas prices, as prices in Europe have been in excess of $5/gallon for over 15 years.
Yep, I'm probably just irritable. Or maybe it's time to take a break and become a Luddite for a while. Maybe I should reinstate the baked goods and candy that I gave up for Lent and turn off the computer instead.