Yesterday during lunch I was waxing nostalgic with a friend about some baseball homerun history. We were discussing how nice it was back before we knew about all of the steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Back when we could trust names like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Alex Rodriguez. When we could just kick back, watch them do their thing and simply enjoy it.
Then one by one the big names started going down. Each fallen star piercing through our faith in the game like a bullet. You really try not to become cynical, but after a while you just get worn down. Fuck you Manny Ramirez. Fuck you baseball. Fuck everybody and everything.
And that is how it is sometimes on the internet. You hang around long enough on the web and you are sure to see some pretty messed up stuff. Eighteen year old girl dies of cancer a few days ago. I am saddened by this. Eighteen year old cancer girl turns out to be fake. I am angered by this. What the hell am I supposed to believe anymore? Do people have no shame?
I’ve seen many people who take great pride in being cynics and skeptics. I for one refuse to be one of them, no matter how much society pushes me to. It is a very sad thing not to be able to trust in things. To always be looking over your shoulder, to lose your faith in humanity. I don’t want any part of that myself.
So do me a favor people. The next time some little girl posts about dying of cancer don’t automatically call her a lying bitch. (Even though that is apparently what happened in this case.) Don’t become that person.
The world is already cynical enough without you.