What happened is that several fire trucks and ambulances pulled up at the house across the street yesterday and took away at least two people I know: A healthy man in his forties that works with at-risk youth, and his teenage son. Couldn’t see if they took the mother or daughter, but the father was clearly in respiratory distress. I am gutted for that family, and fear for mine for reasons that I will not go into.
Then I go online at various sites, and here in the Smokers Lounge and Shark Tank, and see some of the fucking asinine bullshit some people are saying, and lose a little more faith in humanity.
And I don’t fucking need that shit right now.
And I especially don’t need to find out that some of the people I really liked online are actually kind of garbage humans.
Life is too short and too precious for me to spend another minute reading the soul-crushing stupidity that some of these randos on the internet are sharting out.
I will almost certainly stick around, but I need a timeout from people who can’t spend a few minutes looking past their biases and hatred to look up primary sources and expert analyses, who can’t be bothered to apply at least some level of critical thinking about a problem that is not at all partisan or nationalistic or conspiratorial in nature, and which potentially affects each one of us in some way.
I wish you all the very best. Please take care of yourselves, and have some consideration and empathy for others.