So I’m sitting here watching the chaos in Charlotte, North Carolina and I think I have it figured out. Don’t judge the many by the actions of a few. I understand the frustration that people have regarding excessive force but black cop shooting black guy doesn’t equate to “beat the shit out of white people.”
Did the cop use excessive force? I don’t know I wasn’t there. Will an investigation determine who was at fault? I don’t know as I don’t fully trust “investigations.” What I do know is this: there are two kinds of people in this world, good and bad. The conversation should start and end there. Apply that belief to any situation and it takes race and ethnicity out of the conversation. Is there racism in our society? Yes. It’s permeated by those that are bad. Is there corruption in law enforcement in this country? Yes. Again these would be the bad people. See how easy this is? Let’s continue. Is there corruption in any business in this country? Yes. Once again my theory applies.
This should not be about race this should be about stopping the bad and promoting the good. If something bad happens and you react in a bad way then you become part of the problem and not the solution. We all have experienced frustration. When we let frustration turn into anger we usually make bad decisions and we then become part of the bad. Bad also affects the credibility of your cause. If you want to fight the bad then you need to be part of the good otherwise your desired solution is clouded by your bad reaction.
The sun will go down tonight in Charlotte and people will have the chance to make a decision. Will it be bad or good? Only time will tell but at this point I think we are moving backward instead of forward; and that’s very bad.
If you listen to my podcast, and I hope you do because I have adopted a chimpanzee named Bongo that needs to eat, then you know my mission statement is: “85% of the world is stupid, welcome to the 15%.” As I continue on my journey of life I actually believe I may have underestimated that figure as I am constantly confused on a daily basis. Could someone please explain to me some of the following observations and questions that hound me?
Why is there a man dressed in a cowboy outfit on my TV that wants to send me a lubed catheter for free?
Why is it an amazing event that you can prepare your own food? I do it on a daily basis but I have never felt the urge to take a picture of it and post it on Facebook?
When people say “Back in the day” are they referring to a particular day of the week? A certain decade? I like to think of prehistoric times when man discovered fire and the wheel.
Why do I look at people that buy lottery tickets and think they don’t “shave down there?”
Why do car dealers insist on shouting in their commercials yet when you go to their showroom to buy a car they speak at a normal sound level?
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were great leaders and icons in our nation’s history but I’m sure they would wonder why we celebrate their birthdays by lowering prices on mattresses.
Why do atheists say “Bless you” after you sneeze?
Why does every guy behind the counter at a tire store always have a toothpick in his mouth?
Does the person in front of me that has twenty six items in their shopping cart at the grocery store’s express lane realize I’m thinking they are a jackass?
When I go to the dentist does he realize that I am looking to see if he trims his nose hairs?
These are just some of the questions that roar through my mind and perhaps the reason why I need to take pills on a daily basis and never expect to find a Mensa member at the bus station.