Very early on in comedy, I was taught to “Show, Don’t Tell.” I was shown the same scene two times, a love scene between two people who hadn’t seen one another in years. The first scene had them stand near one another and state, “I feel love for you.” The second scene had them run towards one another and kiss. The difference between the two was laughable–of course the action was more heartfelt.
I wanted to see more about those lovers, because their actions affected me. Their words seemed strange and off-putting, even if said honestly. I learned very quickly that action speaks more than your voice ever could.
Right now in the world, the belief is that everyone’s opinion is valid and that we have to take every one of them into account before we even touch our own tits. The world is also full of people who can’t wait to hatefuck your brain full of what they think about all of the things in the world while doing everything possible to make the world worse.
Those people are arrogant gasbags.
“In my opinion…”
“If you want to know what I think about it…”
“Honestly, I believe ______ is the way to…”
No one in the world was giving any fucks, not even a mouse. Everyone has their own causes and their own opinions and their own ideas about how the world works, and for that reason, no one’s opinion is valid. That’s right–yours. Your opinion is not fucking valid even one little bit. No one person’s opinion weighs more or means more than anyone else’s because not even one single one matters.
The world moves around us, works around us, and there’s so little we can do about it. Opinions don’t mean SHIT. Not a single goddamn person on the planet cares about how many bumper stickers you have, or all your specially-labeled products, or about your snide remarks about other’s lives.
Action matters. Heart Matters. What you put in, you get out. I don’t care what your opinion on world hunger is or what your opinion is on how we solve it. I give a damn if you are doing anything about it. I don’t give a shit what your opinion on the plight of women or the poor or the differently-alive are, I just care what you’re doing about it.
Legends are not born because of their Earth-shaking opinions. They are legends because of their actions. Act first, be the example of the world in which you want to be, and people will listen to you. Do some good in the world, and people will hear your actions. Be the light of change, and others will follow.
So shut the fuck up. Stop acting like you’re so goddamn amazing that your words jizz the cure for all ails over the world.
Go do some goddamned good.
The only thing I’m good at in my life in the “Show, Don’t Tell” department is providing a bad example and the ensuing laughter sprung from that. What good do you want to do in the world?