I’m sure that most of you know what integrity means, but for the sake of argument; a definition: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” In a society so poisoned by post-modernist moral relativism, a word like this might carry little weight. It comes as no surprise; therefore, that we are inundated daily with the most trite, self-serving nonsense. Outlets like Facebook and Twitter give voices to everyone equally, but rather than a bastion of intelligent discourse these forums have degenerated into something resembling a zoo enclosure; a bizarre and savage domain where the monkey who screeches loudest and flings the most shit is king.
More specifically, what I’m pissed off about is the overwhelming propensity for these keyboard demagogues to hijack every tragedy and misfortune for their own myopic views. I’m not going to single anyone out. Pointing fingers and naming names is exactly the kind of attention these zealots want, but you know exactly the kinds of worthless fuck-weasels I’m talking about. I’m not sure about you, but I’m one teary-eyed social justice monologue away from a full-blown psychotic episode. Perhaps the only thing that keeps me sane is the knowledge that, in the aftermath of my rampage, I would only have given them even more ammunition for their imaginary crusade.
That is exactly how they see themselves too, isn’t it? Mighty crusaders on a holy inquisition to purge the world of injustice, and much like the crusaders of old they have been absolved of their sins by mandate of the church; the church of popular opinion. All you have to do is pay lip-service to their trivial commandments, worship their designated profits, and you have carte blanche to be the biggest cunt the world has ever seen. They wear their group identities as both titles and badges of honor, and bask together in the light of their own self-sanctified righteousness. It doesn’t matter which side of a given argument you fall on, because all you have to do is identify with your ideological group and devolve into barely-human pond scum. From within the cacophony of that soulless, shrieking choir of “unique” voices you can’t hear a fucking word.
So what does all of this have to do with integrity, you ask? Simple. The next time you see a headline, are tagged on a news feed, or get tweeted a hashtag, do the right thing. Show just a little bit of integrity, and really think about the issue before you race to add another link in the infinite chain of nonsense. Let families grieve, give victims their privacy, and above all, stop using these tragedies to push your own politicized narratives and agendas. Whether it’s a mass shooting, a bus accident, or any one of a thousand other ways people can be mauled or murdered, I can guarantee you two things; firstly your opinion doesn’t matter, and secondly your condolences mean nothing.
Before I incur your wrath, let me explain. Opinions and beliefs are important, and are the foundation on which we all build our moral superstructure, but as heartbreaking as it may be for some people to hear those unique perspectives are largely unimportant. What matters vastly more are the actions those opinions are welded to. As the author Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” If you want to make a real change in the world, stop condemning others for their own choices and simply focus on being the sort of person you think they should be. People will see your conviction, respect your integrity, and they will strive to meet the bar you set for them. By raising yourself up, you elevate all those around you, otherwise all you’re doing is screaming at your own imaginary antagonists. The same goes with condolences.
Ultimately words are cheap, but if you’re going to speak your mind at least have the decency to give them some honest consideration. Let them come from your heart, and above all, follow them up immediately with actions. Then again, this is all just my opinion.