Man look. It is 7:07 am on the 29th of January AND I’m beyond sleepy. But Sug, why come and I was totally expecting a wordless Wednesday blog post and NOT this Wednesday wisdom post. #sigh If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I’m often led to blog about certain things. These said certain things keep me up at night. Because I’m about my sleep life, I decided to talk about the spirit of schadenfreude.
Yesterday, I heard some pretty unsavory news about someone who has been on the fine arts slash hip-hop scene, in the Hampton Roads area. Now, I’m not going to get into the major details because that is NOT this. I will that this individual was caught being dishonest with regard to his craft. In short, he produced a body of work that was not entirely of his own creative effort. The news of this spread like wildfire. News reports, Facebook status updates, tweets, text messages and memes blew oxygen on the said fire.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not excusing what this person has done.
He was wrong.
He knows it too.
He’s issued an apology.
He reports to trying to rectify the situation.
What bothers me deeply and what had me up in the dark, is the fact that so many people jumped on the “let-me-remind-you-of-your-mistake” bandwagon. Now, I know humans are going to be humans and do humanly stuff, however, I’m still bothered. I find in times like this, people often forget that they too have fallen from grace at some point in their lives OR they are a metaphorical ray of light away from having their mess exposed.
The sad thing is, some people actually look forward to others failing. They don’t have ANYTHING to say, until others have failed. You can’t tell me that they don’t have a meme on standby. The even more sad thing is, some of these said people are “friends” of his. Whew chile!
I can’t, ya hear me?!
The point is, WE’VE ALL engaged in some shady mess. YOU’VE been caught before too AND it hurt like hell, right? Well, I have a suggestion. How about you put your inner schadenfreude in timeout AND cut people some slack. How dare you criticize someone because they misbehave differently then you. The simple fact is, no one is shade free. Plus, they have their own shame to deal with.
Instead of being an unnecessary cosigner, you can:
- Pray and or send positive energy to said person
- Send words of encouragement to said person
- Reflect and clean up your own mess
- Educate others
And I’m done. Be kind. That’s it. Thank you for listening. :D