— September 21, 2017
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know about the storms in Florida and Texas. And, the entire west coast is on fire! Many people have had to move, have lost their homes, or have lost their lives. Every day we’re getting terrible stories about the end of the world.
The News is Awful
And not to downplay the seriousness of the ecological disasters. Not at all. But one thing that’s been bugging me is the humble brags.
There are Real Heroes
Now I really like the human interest stories about real heroes. People who drag entire families out in tiny rowboats–now that’s impressive! People who rescue dogs, cats, horses, and babies? They’re the best!
Then There Are the Humble Brags!
But people who bake cookies for a family and then spend an entire day telling the world with a video? Now that’s a whole different story.
To me, baking cookies is being neighborly or generous. No need to create a video telling how grateful the person receiving the cookies was. In social media, being generous is the best way to start a relationship.
“I Gave a Man Kleenex!”
Are we really so desperate for attention, that everyone has to brag about the tiniest thing we do so we can get credit for it? “I gave a man Kleenex! Now he can blow his nose!” I’m expecting to see a whole video about that. “Before I came along, he had no Kleenex!” “Not only that–I gave him a new box! Come on, can’t we do any better than that?
Self-Serving Isn’t Just a Line at the Grocery Store
When did we all get to be so self-serving? And isn’t it the best form of charity to remain anonymous? And in my first-ever quote from the Bible, below, how about staying anonymous?
“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know
what thy right hand doeth”
Is it Gamification?
Maybe it has to do with gamification. Maybe we all expect to get points in the game of life now. I really don’t know. But I don’t like the trend. Not one bit. It’s embarrassing.
Knock it Off
So what I’d like to say to the entire world, and especially to all the people making the self-serving videos: Cut. It. Out.
You’re No Mother Teresa
You’re not Mother Teresa because you gave someone a sanitary pad. You’re not the Pope because you gave someone a sandwich. Nobody is going to proclaim you a saint for fixing someone’s shoe. Just quit it. If you have to give someone a sandwich, give them a sandwich. Don’t make a damn video about it.
How to Stop it?
The easiest way to stop the trend? Ignore it. Don’t click on the story. Don’t watch the video. And above all, don’t make eye contact! You might even want to get some help with looking on the brighter side with a Law of Attraction exercise!
Have You Seen This Trend?
Does it bug you, too? Let me know in the comments! I promise not to make a video of your comment.