Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Make a Noise

Do you remember when you took Debate in High School? Do you remember how even if you felt strongly about one argument, you were encouraged to still research disputes for the other side to defend your own beliefs?


Looking at all sides of the picture has been something that I have always been interested in. At times this makes me wishy washy or indecisive about my own beliefs, but other times I feel like I am able to make the best informed decisions at that time (until I know more information).

I used to also think that being "neutral" or "indifferent" would save me from the confrontational arguments, but now I feel that the more we do nothing, shrug our shoulders and say, "oh well!" the worse things are getting.

Another thing that really bothers me (which I am also guilty of doing) is complaining about something but not offering a solution to the problem. If there is something that you do not agree with, instead of bashing it, why don't you come up with a solution?

If you are anti-abortion, why don't you promote adoption or other alternatives.
If you are pro-gun, why don't you instead promote education on gun safe practices.
If you are anti-big corporations, why don't you be proactive in supporting smaller, local businesses?
If you don't think employees should have to work holidays/Sundays etc. then stop shopping, going to movies and supporting businesses on those days.


Just like the old after school specials used to say, knowledge is power. Promote education instead of bashing something with your emotions and your "gut" feelings.

This is something I have been working on myself, starting with trying to shop local. I feel like as a country we give corporations way too much credit and power. But WE are the problem. When we continue to buy from bigger companies, we continue to feed their monetary revenue which gives them that power. 

One of the ways I can work toward changing this is buying at a local farmers market and buying organic when I can (sorry Lucky Charms and McDonalds....)

Try walking or biking instead of filling up at the gas station each week. Gas companies probably won't even miss your money. Trust me. Plus your body will thank you for the exercise.

Stop the senseless arguments and hatred and start promoting what you feel strongly about with your own actions. Set the example and standard and people will follow through. Be as knowledgeable as possible until you are able to learn more.


rooth said...

I am a particularly big fan of people who have productive conversations - offer up potential solutions instead of just whining, focusing on the positive instead of the negative. That being said, we all need a little b*tch session now and again. Just make sure that you're able to pick your head up afterward and move forward

Kizzy Von Doll said...

Super post doll, it's good to have a strong stance on something, but always be willing to hear all sides. I hope you are doing well xx

Janna Renee said...

Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate! These are all great quotes and things we can ALL work on.