“SHORT FUSES”

I know how I look like when I’m angry. I know how I am and there’s no doubt about it. I’m not going to lie and I believe I’m not the only one.

I’m not the easiest person to talk to when I’m at that stage. It doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong. If you think you’re right and demand that I agree, then you’re just pushing me further away. (Yes, I know. I am stubborn, but make sure you’re not the same before you say that to my face. Otherwise, hush.)

If I think you’re wrong and you still push me to believe in what you do, then you tick me off even more. I believe that each of us is entitled to our own opinions, but please – enough with the imposing!

The bottom line is, we all know what usually happens with two people (or two conflicting sides or whatever) in a heated argument. Both are yelling at each other. Nobody’s listening. Nobody wants to figure out a solution or two. It’s all about the “I’m right and you’re wrong” attitude.

In other words, it’s nothing but a noisy bickering fest. It gets worse if some people are losing it that they go even further; from vandalising properties to physically harming others. It doesn’t matter who starts it.

This is nothing new. We’ve dealt with this before. There’s always that possibility, whether it’s the infiltrators or else. It doesn’t matter.

In the end, we all take the fall – in more ways than one. The bickering fest still continues online and in the real world, as if there’s nothing left to do.

“But that was an insult. We’re hurt. Aren’t you (supposed to be) hurt too?”

I know. He shouldn’t have said what he’d said. That was not right. Still, wasn’t there any other way?

I had a bad feeling about the whole idea all along. I understand why they’re angry and felt that they had to do that. I’ve had alternative ideas, but…since it’s already happened, then there’s no point in spilling them out here. I don’t want to argue over what can’t be changed nor undone. There’s no point in continuously blaming each other, pointing fingers, or bickering – online or else.

I’d rather focus on finding a solution out of this. This is why I didn’t say much about either sides when he said what he’d said. I’d rather stay away from the crowd – any crowd for that matter – and try to look at the much bigger picture here. I’m aware that there are people who think that acting neutral is a coward’s common trait. Honestly, I don’t care if that’s how you choose to think about me.

I’d rather not react like most people do, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t care.

I’m just tired of all the nonstop bickering. There’s no quick fix in this, that’s for sure. May 1998 has taught me that. For the sake of my own sanity, it doesn’t matter if you think one certain religion belongs to “the terrorists” or other certain race is so stuck-up that they all deserve the harsh punishment. There’s no difference to me.

I’ll have to kick you out. Sorry, I just want to restore peace. Can’t we all just get along? Can we please do that again?

Is it too much to ask or am I just too naive?

Once again, I’m not writing this to invite arguments. I am done hearing all that. I’d rather think about the solution out of this. You may still think that I’m a coward for not having said much or that I’m secretly ‘on one side’ instead of the other. I don’t care. Saying those stuff, even to my face, won’t change anything in the past. It’s already been done.

Call me names also shows me just how unqualified you are to have even a decent conversation with me.

So, where do we go from here?

R.

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