Filters: Good and Good for You

I’m going to throw my personal vanity aside in an attempt to address a growing societal problem – people with no filters. Here are two examples from the past several days of people free ranging with their thought process. Example number one: An auto mechanic commenting on how many miles I was putting on my car asked me, “Shouldn’t you have hit retirement age by now?” (And just to be clear he was referring to me, not my car.)

I was flabbergasted  and gave the idiot a lecture on things you should never assume or ask a woman, most especially one who is y-e-a-r-s away from retirement. The worst part is I had just gotten my hair highlighted and felt so fabulous I swaggered into the car dealership with my new sandals making a sassy clippty-clop.  Sadly, I did not swagger out. It was more of the angry mom brisk stride and instead of a clippety-clop my footwear was giving the floors a beat down.

Then, the next freaking day, I was picking up a 99-cent ice cream cone from the McDonald’s drive thru and a guy (Yes, again a guy. Hmm, I note a trend.) handed me the cone and said, “I don’t know if you should be eating this.”

WTH? I had no words. Literally, I said nothing because it didn’t merit a response and I was taking a jumbo bite out of my cone, right in front of him, just on principle.

Now, I know if I had allowed myself to have conversation with this filter-less goobers their standard response would be “I was joking.” No, you weren’t joking. Instead you choose not to practice verbal discipline. I think the whole Homeland Security tag line “See something. Say something” has been co-opted by the filter free crowd.

Therefore, I suggest that we, the filter crowd, must launch an educational campaign to educate the growing numbers of mammals who think their thoughts are either so special they must be shared or are just so lazy that they don’t want to expend the effort to edit themselves.

Of course, as in all my rants, I’m going to blame social media for part of this problem. Now that everyone is encouraged to make comments about the minutia of their lives this has led to people becoming embolden with their thoughts. It’s not a good look.

My education campaign will be kicking it old school. Yes, my friends, we are going back to the basics with the classic “if you don’t have anything nice to say zip it.” Now, don’t worry, I do indeed see the irony because I know that many things I write are not, shall we say, full of flowery prose that exalts the goodness of humans. But, I’m going to exempt myself due to the fact, well not really a fact, let’s call it a community service, in the generalist of terms, that my writing is all done for the greater good.  (Stop shaking your head and just roll with it.)

Now, in no way do I want to shut down anyone’s freedom of expression, the campaign will only urge people to think before they speak by asking yourself three simple questions. Will it hurt someone’s feelings?  Will I regret what I said about 10 seconds after it comes out of my mouth? Am I really as smart as I think I am? If the answer is no to any of the above, we will encourage people to not open their mouths.

I know this has almost zero chance of working, so my alternate plan is that the next time someone ages me by more than a decade and insinuates that I’m not ice cream cone worthy I’m going to go “full unfiltered.” Be afraid. Be very afraid.

5 thoughts on “Filters: Good and Good for You

  1. Donna Epps says:

    Love the whole piece,, but these gems are extra special….”free ranging with their thought process” and “my new sandals making a sassy clippity-clop” Makes me want to go out and buy some new spring shoes!

  2. irreverendt says:

    The Social media aspect for sure…people sit in the privacy of their own whatever and flame away at people. on line or in texts…then go into the real world and their brain does not seem to be able to differentiate. I think the McDonalds guy should be wearing the cone…worth $0.99.

  3. SOFIE says:

    YESSS! I could not agree more! I am rather tall for a woman – 6’2″ and quite thin – it just runs in the family. My kids are now teenagers, my daughter is almost 12 and my son almost 15. They are also crazy tall and yes, crazy thin. So much so that people will provide their unsolicited advice everywhere we go in public. The lovely comments range from how we must “all have eating disorders” to “you need to feed those kids!” – Honey, just let me show you my never-ending grocery bills! Trust me, my son would love nothing more than to gain 100 lbs – preferably all lean muscle too and dominate in sports! He has the height, he’s just super skinny.
    All that to say, that my entire life, people have made the dumbest comments on my height and weight. Now imagine if we decided to go about our lives and imagine if my family would go around grocery stores and restaurants and loudly remark how short someone else is or “Oh my word! You are soooo short and round! Your child is sooo fat, you should really feed her less! ” …!?!? We would most likely get punched in the mouth, deservedly so, but somehow it is socially accepted (or most people seem to think it is, at least) to comment on how thin and tall a 12-year old girl is, or a 15-year old boy…They can hear you, by the way, when you tell me that they are too thin. And they’ll roll their eyes at you, because they have heard it all before.
    You just can’t fix stupid, I tell ya!

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