The subject of this little tirade? In the words of the not very late (i.e., still alive) and not very great (i.e., I only like one or two of his songs) Stevie Wonder, 'Very Superstitious...writing on the wall...". Get down with that groovy funk, man.
So - superstition online - on the virtual 'wall'. See how groovy I am?
As usual, I may be poking my head over the parapet on this one, but well, if I don't say it now, I'm sure somebody else already has or probably will do - it's not just me.
I use facebook every day, not for business or anything like that, and really only in a passing kind of way - I like to keep up to date with people I know, and share ideas and laughter...nothing heavy. However, I am regularly subjected to what I regard as random, ridiculous and superstitious posts (well: 'shares') by people I generally think highly of, and it puzzles me, because the sarcastic comment I would expect to accompany such utter bollocks (if you don't know what 'bollocks' means yet, you need to read some of the archived posts here - something I will of course encourage) is almost always absent - which I take to mean that they concur with the message (the aforementioned bollocks). This is a mite confusing, because it seems out of step with their regular behaviour.
The kind of thing I'm talking about is the post that contains within it a message such as "Share this and something magical will happen for you!" or "If you don't pass this on, someone close to you will be in danger tonight." or other similar utter, complete nonsense. Some of them invoke gods (and it's usually the Christian god), warning of nasty repercussions or wonderful benefits of sharing whatever bollock-ish message is being pushed. It concerns me that posts such as this proliferate indiscriminately and very probably scare the living crap out of some of society's more emotionally vulnerable folks (those unfortunate to be dealing with mental illness, for example).
My reaction to anything that warns me against NOT sharing a message is to automatically NOT share it, ever. So there! My reaction to a message that tells me that sharing will make something mysteriously wonderful happen in my life is identical, as is my response to anything which asks me to share something while containing lines such as "I bet I know which of my friends will share this...". I don't exactly jump up and yell "OH YEAH?! YEAH?! HA! I'M NOT GOING TO SHARE YOUR STUPID MESSAGE, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THOSE APPLES, HUH? IN - YOUR - FACE!", but I do sit here and quietly think: "What sane person on this small blue/green planet actually BELIEVES any of this shit?" Some large number must, I suppose, for it to continue to appear on my screen from otherwise outwardly reasonable people and continue to be pushed around like some bizarre version of reality.
I'd like to suggest that the otherwise sane people who create - because it's ALL made up shit - and perpetually push this stuff around (with no thought for how it might affect the emotionally vulnerable or mentally ill) could be on a list of gullible people which I am allowed to access so that I could contact them to sell them my lucky heather, lucky horseshoes, rabbit's paws, black cats, chimney sweeps' collars, etc.. In the absence of mental health issues, I mean, really, how stupid does anyone sane have to be to have any faith in this crap? I suppose it could be worse - we might have an online dating agency that calls itself...oh I dunno, let's think of a really awful, cheesy name....how about "Christian Mingle"? Oh boy, that might be going too far, but anyway, we could call it that and then claim that it's 'God's way of bringing Christians together.' and see how many people - who would as a pre-requisite be ready to believe almost anything - buy into it as a tool that their silent, invisible (and possibly bearded) deity has suddenly decided to make available (presumably because the 'old school' way of doing things hasn't been going so well?) so that Christians of opposing genders can meet one another and abstain from that naughty sex stuff.
Hahahaha...oh boy...can you imagine anything that dumb?....Wait a minute.........what's this????? Uh-oh......Looks like someone beat me to it. Another way to mine the masses for their loot has passed me by, it would seem - looks like God got there first, yet again. Not really a fair fight, is it?
If you like this post or agree with it, please share it, or something really good/bad/wonderful/nasty/ordinary/routine/not really very exciting/not at all surprising will happen to you and your loved ones. Really. I'm serious. I know who will share it and who probably won't...
Altogether now: "Very Supersti-shurssssss....writing on the wa-all...." Oh yeah, gravy booby....